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Our place

A unique accommodation complex, conveniently set in four acres of green, park-like grounds in Rotorua’s wondrous backyard. Flanked by awesome sporting and recreational amenities, we’re just a hop, skip and jump from downtown Rotorua.

The Backyard Inn is an eclectic mix of lodge, camping and chalet-style accommodation, suitable for groups, families and travellers. Our proud 30+ years of experience however, make us Rotorua’s Group Specialists, providing affordable accommodation, local knowledge and logistics at a purpose-built facility that can host up to 246 people at a time. Down to earth, clean and comfy, we represent great value.

Our Facilities

  • 29 chalets sleeping 2-4 people
  • 64 lodge rooms sleeping 2-5 people
  • 3 ensuite rooms sleeping 2-3 people
  • Wi-Fi, conference facilities and meeting rooms
  • Itinerary planning and travel centre
  • Meals catered on and off-site
  • Thermal hot pool
  • TV and games room
  • Four acres of green, open space

Our People

Your hosts, the McLeay Family, have been passionate about delivering a warm service to Rotorua visitors since the welcome mat went out in 1986.

The Backyard Inn (formerly Kiwipaka), was born out of good old Kiwi hospitality! An open door policy and a love for entertaining and looking after people, a philosophy and attitude that continues to this day.

Our proud 30+ years of experience and local knowledge make our offering unique. Clean, comfy and down to earth, its like staying with old friends - except with 246 beds to choose from!

Doug McLeay was a bit of a legend. In the late 80’s he would travel the country and pick up hitch hikers. There was no where to stay – so he built this place. He epitomised the kiwi “can do“ attitude, and was a great host.

Doug and Bev moved to Rotorua in 1958 and he broke in his own farm from scrub. He gave hours of his time to the community, was a family man, loved diving, boating and skiing.

He was also a passionate home-brewer, making a lager in the summer and a stout in the winter, every year from 18 years of age till he stopped at 75!

He loved beer and thought there was “no bad beer, some are just better than others.”

Doug became famous for his home brew! “Burnsdale Lotion” was known throughout the district. After an evening of BBQ and home-brew, guests would merrily weave their way home.

Book Your Stay Now

Call +64 7 347 0931 if you would prefer to discuss options. We are happy to prepare group itineraries and costings. Email or