Cheap Eats for Backpackers in Rotorua

Cheap Eats for Backpackers in Rotorua

If you’re backpacking in New Zealand on a budget, the cost of eating out can quickly add up. Enjoy more of a Rotorua experience and make the most of your money by visiting local favourites rather than resorting to the familiar Macca’s, Subway or Dominos that you can find at home. Rotorua’s local markets, cafes and bakeries and takeaways all offer options for a cheap meal, and a chance to live like a local while you’re here.

Ciabatta Bakery

Tucked away on an industrial estate, Ciabatta bakery is a hidden secret, an easy walk from the Fenton Street. Their signature sandwich the hammie is one not to miss! Ham off the bone in freshly baked artisan ciabatta bread, with an incredible combo of mayo mustard sauce and pesto, and they have plenty of options for afters too!

Rotorua Night Market

If you’re looking for a night out on a budget, the Rotorua Night Market in Tutanekai Street on Thursday night is a great place to head. A favourite with locals and visitors, there’s a wide variety of food options, locally made crafts and also live music from local artists.  Some favourites include Johney’s dumplings and El Cartel Mexicano, or for sweet treats head to Gracey Jane’s Kitchen or The Ice Cream Truck.

Oppies Fish & Chips 

If you’re looking to feed a crowd without breaking the bank, head to Oppies Fish & Chips on Fenton Street. If the massive selection of fish and seafood doesn’t tempt you, you’re bound to find something on their Chinese menu to tickle the taste buds. Beware of taking this back to your backpackers unless you’re prepared to share!

Gold star Bakery

Another local secret is the Gold Star Bakery (Patrick’s Pies) on Old Taupo Road. No trip to New Zealand is complete without eating a classic kiwi pie, and Gold Star Bakery offers a huge selection to choose from. Go for the New Zealand legend – mince and cheese or their award winning bacon and egg pie, New Zealand’s Best Pie at the Bakels Supreme Pie Awards in 2016.

Ali Baba’s Tunisian/Kebabs

Ali Baba’s on Tukanekai Street have a selection of kebabs and authentic Tunisian meals that offer great value for money. If you’re feeling more adventurous that your usual kebab, try the Berber rice or the Kascrute. Meals are cooked to order, so there may be a small wait but it will be worth it! And don’t miss the selection of freshly made sweets on the counter!