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“Great backpackers” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Backpackers International

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Backpackers International
Rongotea, manawatu, New Zealand
1 review
“Great backpackers”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2012

New managers laureen, Paul and tessa were great. Very friendly and helpful had some good nights in dining room with them and other guests. would reccommend others to stay here.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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Thank Debbie K
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2012

I stayed here in march 2012, i loved the airport pick up. Great variety of free fruit and tuition on husking coconut and preparing fruit. Host were great and always interested in you days plans, great prices, well worth it. Close to good hire shop and beatiful beach!!! It was a truely special stay and i would be back there tomorrow!!

  • Stayed March 2012
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Waikato
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2012

A group of us stayed for a family wedding the owners were very friendly and accommodating to our needs. The location to the beach was great and the bus only a few meters from the hostel was an added bonus. The atmosphere at the hostel was every thing you would expect from a hostel meeting others from all around the world made for interesting travel stories in the common room in the evening. Pot luck dinners were also a hit.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MBee39
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2012

I am sure that backpacker’s accommodation doesn’t mean that it can have low hygienic standard and ants in the bed. But this is exactly what I found this lodge. It is true that I met a lot of friendly and interesting travelers, but it is also true toilets were not clean and I found ants in the bed. Lodge is definitely not kept well and need more cleanness and organization (the place for big dust containers is definitely not near kitchen door, that guests are shocked because of smell in the morning)

Perhaps Backpackers International has a great potential (nice location, nice beach) but it needs more professional management.

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2011

Friendly owners Bill and Anna run this place where most backpackers stay for a longer time. Every evening we especially enjoyed the atmosphere in the common room/terrace, were most guests of different ages spend there relaxing time at the hostel. The fruits of the land are on the tables for everyone to take, usually banana and paw paw. The beach is very close and this spot is not so bad compared to many other more buisy places. The double rooms are small, but good enough for a casual backpacker and not expensive. Hot showers at fixed moments on the day, but also the "cold" ones will do if you're on a tropical island.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Toronto, Canada
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2011

I stayed in this place for a week during the Christmas time(December) in 2010 for a week. I really think owners need to improve their customer service skills. They were grumpy most of the time. One good thing was that they gave us plenty of fruits for free, but I would not go to this place again.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled solo
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank senaka2011
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Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2011

Basic hostel, but for $19 a night I am not going to be expecting more.
Fresh bananas and Papaya every morning. Bill and Anna are great hosts with lots of advice on the activities of the island.
Close to the beach. Excellent book selection, perfect for the rainy days
What more could you ask for when in Rarotonga?

Stayed April 2011, travelled with friends
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Property: Backpackers International
Address: PO Box 878, Cook Islands
Region: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #73 of 77 Speciality Lodging in Rarotonga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 23
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