The Backyard Inn Outdoor Adventures

The Backyard Inn Outdoor Adventures

A St Peters College Group enjoy a Waka Ama (outrigger canoe) experience

We’re a family owned business

We’re a family owned business

with a modern, affordable accommodation experience to share.

Action and Chillaxin

Action and Chillaxin

Chill out in our hot pool after a big day of action, training or scenic touring.

30th Birthday

30th Birthday

Happy 30th Birthday to The Backyard Inn


As the Rotorua group specialists we can do it all here: meals, accommodation, information and activity organisation. Great for school, arts or sports groups and tour groups who want a great value experience!


Bring the kids and enjoy all the Rotorua attractions from the safety and convenience of this family-friendly facility. You’ll love the kid friendly café/restaurant, hot pool, games room and wide open spaces for safe play.


Get amongst the many scenic and adventure activities while meeting fellow travellers. A variety of dorm or chalet value accommodation awaits. Bars, restaurants and great kitchen facilities are all on-site.

Stay Happy in the Heart of Rotorua!

Accommodation, Cafe & Bar, Travel Centre

The Backyard Inn is a unique accommodation complex in the heart of wondrous Rotorua.

Set in four acres of green park-like grounds it is flanked by awesome sporting amenities and Kuirau geothermal park. The Backyard Inn really does offer the best of both worlds:  Outdoors in the city! You can stroll downtown in just five minutes.

We're a family owned business with a modern, affordable accommodation experience to share. Choose from dorm, camping or chalet-style accommodation.


Give us a call if you would prefer to discuss options. We are happy to prepare group itineraries and costings. Ph 07 347 0931 Or email or

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23rd July 2015

The Backyard Inn Celebrates it's 30th Birthday! The McLeay Family have had a happy 30 year history with Rotorua's iconic Backyard Inn (previously Kiwipaka)  we built the unique accommodation facility themselves - one of the first in New Zealand in the 80's. "It has been such a journey . I think about the number of people we ha...

31st July 2013

We were delighted to host Midlands Under 18 Mens Hockey team in the weekend.  They won the National Tournament. Scoring a massive 36 goals over the weekend.  We were very proud of them and Congradulations to the team and their coaches Craig and Donna. We also had Queensland Hockey the Mens and Womens team stay.  Graham p...

24th June 2013

Welcome to our new website! Have a browse around, we would love to hear your feedback!   To see what we have to offer, click here