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Bangkok, Thailand
Reviewed 1 August 2012

We stayed there 4 weeks in June and it was absolutely amazing! Got special deal for long-term stay. We stayed at both beachfront as well as hillside unit. Beachfront was obviously closer to beautiful beach where you can swim during the day and watch sunset in the evening and its location was just great. Hillside has its special tropical island...

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2Thank Stepa293916
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Reviewed 23 July 2012

We stayed in a beachfront unit for 5 nights. Great to get picked up from the airport even though we arrived in the middle of the night. Backpackers is in a great location, sunset side of the island, beautiful section of the beach which wasn't too busy. Unit was clean and had everything we needed. Fantastic views from the balcony....

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2Thank JamesLennard
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Reviewed 20 April 2012

I stayed here for a total of 6 weeks Jan-March this year as I was visiting the Cook Islands for my medical elective and needed a base to work from. The hostel was really easily booked and you can negotiate a bit of a discount from the friendly and helpful owner, Paul, if you're staying for any real length of...

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3Thank MattLloyd
Reviewed 20 March 2012

When I stayed here I loved it it had a awesome view and very spacious I loved it

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Auckland
Reviewed 8 March 2012

free pick-up from airport is great. staff were very helpful (we'd had some issues with booking another place, they came to the rescue). Stayed in the dorm, very simple and was mixed gender. handy to scooter hire, sunset side of island, some stores and cafes. would stay again, this time in a bungalow for sure!

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2Thank jHopoate
Tucson, Arizona
Reviewed 7 February 2012

This was the top pick from my favorite guide book. It was a fair bargain. But, I have been in many hostels or backpacker's and found this one to be needing vast improvements in some areas. I appreciated the free airport pick up and the friendly staff. I stayed in 3 types of rooms while there. I was in the...

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2Thank AnnViola
Reviewed 28 January 2012

We stayed in Raratonga Backbackers for the first few nights in a private room in the "dorm" which was a little run down, but not that bad. The showers and bathroom are clean and the staff is nice. They also have bikes available to use. We than moved to a private hut which is definitely the way to go. A...

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2Thank 760love2travel
Orewa, New Zealand
Reviewed 18 January 2012

We spent ten days at one of the Garden Bungalows - a few hundred yards along the road from the Rarotonga Backpackers - Beachside. The cabin had all the basics and was an inexpensive base with the bus passing a minute's walk way.There was also a shop with most things just a minute's walk away. The bungalows are a little...

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5Thank WilsonOwen
Denver, Colorado, United States
Reviewed 20 December 2011

I was unpleasantly surprised to discover that the the "ladies only" dorm I had reserved was not only occupied by four men, but that one of the other occupants preferred to sleep in the nude. Other travelers in the same hostel had changed rooms because of this and management did nothing to correct the situation. There was no opportunity to...

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3Thank Neko N
Newcastle, UK
Reviewed 9 December 2011

We booked into one of the Beachside site beach huts for 8 nights and was really impressed by the place. The hut was so clean and right on the beach. You can't really snorkel on that part of the island though. The hut had a ceiling fan and no air conditioning which was probably the only sticking point, but for...

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  • Free Parking
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Additional Information about Rarotonga Backpackers

Address: PO Box 3103, Arorangi, Cook Islands
Region: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga > Arorangi
Number of rooms: 63
Also Known As:
Rarotonga Backpackers Hotel Arorangi
Rarotonga Backpackers Arorangi, Cook Islands
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