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Queenstown is a very well known backpacker destination in the south island of New Zealand. Which is why there are so many hostels in Queenstown. It's based in an area called Queenstown Bay, and has amazing views of the surrounding mountains and scenery that makes the southern island of New Zealand so famous.
In the high season, Queenstown is a party place. Pub crawls and hostel activities (many of them very outgoing) take place every single day, and the streets are packed with party-goers. Almost all of the Queenstown hostels are situated in the compact main town area, which is also the most convenient place to stay (unless you have a car).
Queenstown has been known for a long time for its extreme sports activities. And there are activities galore — bungee, skydiving, paragliding, hang-gliding, rafting, boating, biking, tramping, you name it. There are plenty of info centers and agencies to ask about details, but you can also ask for information to your Queenstown hostel. It is no surprise that Queenstown is often referred to as the "Adventure Capital of the World".
There is great shopping to do in the town, with many small shops to explore. There is also the famous Fergburger, which arguably serves the best burgers in all of New Zealand.
Queenstown is served by the Queenstown airport, and also bus operators from other cities in the south island.
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YHA Queenstown Lakefront
"Situated right beside the lake and only a short walk from the hub of the town centre, Queenstown YHA offers a relaxing and friendly place to stay with exceptional facilities. Everything you could possibly need is here - laundry with an outside clothes line and drying room, TV room with comfy sofas and bean bags, lounge area, dining room, internet, free storage room, secure lockers, kitchen and a lot more. There is no opportunity to be bored -...
Bumbles Backpackers Queenstown
"Bumbles Backpackers Queenstown is good quality place to stay if you are looking for a clean, modern, relaxed atmosphere. The Location Bumbles is a bit removed from the city center, probably about ten minutes' walk to the nearest supermarket and at least five minutes into town. However, the scenic location is ideal. It is located directly on the lakefront, providing an amazing view of the lake and mountains. You can still easily access...
Sir Cedrics Bungi Backpackers
"Bungi Backpackers is a friendly and affordable hostel on a quiet street close to the centre of Queenstown. There is a large garden with a free spa pool, hammocks, and an outdoor dining area. The Location The hostel can be found at 15 Sydney Street near the junction with Stanley Street. It is a peaceful location with mountain views, yet just five minutes' walk downhill to the centre of town along Shotover Street. There are parking spaces...
"Pinewood Lodge is within walking distance from town and easy to find. The staff are really friendly and can book tours through this hostel. The tour guides pick up from the front of this hostel. The hostel is clean and affordable but some rooms can be smelly. We recommend this hostel if you are on a budget. The Location This hostel is located approximately fifteen minutes' walk to the town centre, which is inconvenient if you need to...
"Discovery Lodge is a newer hostel with great location, excellent facilities, and a definite backpacker scene. It's located a block up from the lake on one of the main streets through town, Shotover Street (look for the hostel's sign), within walking distance of everything. Discovery Lodge is one of the four hostels in the Beyond Backpackers group, with its relatives in Auckland (Auckland Central Backpackers), Paihia (Pipi Patch Lodge), and...
Sir Cedrics Southern Laughter Backpackers
"Southern Laughter Lodge, a BBH-registered hostel, is a fantastic place that is close enough to Queenstown to be convenient, but far enough to be peaceful. The relaxed atmosphere and friendly people make this hostel an excellent base for exploring Queenstown. The Location The hostel is located right around the corner from the Station and the iSite, about a five-minute walk from the bus (follow Shotover Street into town and then go up...
HI - YHA Queenstown Central Hostel
"HI - YHA Queenstown Central Hostel has one thing going for it -- location, location, location. It's within three blocks of the Intercity Bus station; within two blocks of The Station, terminus of many tour buses; and within one block of Fergburger's, Queenstown's best-known hamburger place. It's also close to the waterfront (you can see the lake from the dining area) and convenient to shopping. Rooms and Bathrooms Unfortunately, YHA...
Nomads Queenstown Backpackers
"Nomads Queenstown Backpackers is very big, and just does not have enough room to sufficiently hold everyone. It's not a hostel for those who want to get a good night's sleep, as people are partying and drinking constantly. That said, if you want to experience Queenstown nightlife and meet people, the hostel does have nightly activities such as bar crawls and games. The Location Nomads Queenstown is located on Church Street, just a few...
The Flaming Kiwi Backpackers
"The Flaming Kiwi Backpackers is a nice oasis away from the buzz of Queenstown's activities. The Location Based about two minutes' walk away from Queenstown's centre and bus station, this hostel is ideally located for whatever you want to do with your stay, but at the same time, it is based on a quiet street near to a suburban neighbourhood and supermarket. Needless to say, the neighboorhood is very safe. Adequate parking is also...
Adventure Queenstown Hostel
"Nice staff and room! - the hotel is a little bit far away from city but shuttle bus service is provided. the staff are so nice. i will definitely choose this hotel if i visit queens again." … "AQ > every other hostel!!!! - There is everything a backpacker needs! Friendly staff, perfect kitchen, great rooms/showers!!! F!@#$ing amazing!!!!! Thanks 4 this amazing time in QT!!!!!!!!" … "Favourite hostel in the world - He really...
"Value for money budget accommodation - My second stay at the Lakeside Backpackers (single room with shared bathroom). I was rather pleased during my first stay at the hostel over a year ago, so I decided to stay here again for the second time. The bed may not be the best but overall it didn't disappoint me. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a decent budget accommodation. Clean, good location by the lake, friendly staff, and short...
Haka Lodge Queenstown
"If you're looking for a quality hostel where you can enjoy the place and location without constant partying, Haka Lodge Queenstown is the place for you. The Location Haka Lodge is a recently opened hostel, taking the place of what used to be The Lab. Its location is ideal for anyone looking for a more relaxed and chilled out hostel. It is slightly removed on a side street in Queenstown, however just a minute's walk from being directly...
Sir Cedric's Bungi Backpackers
"Sir Cedric's Bungi Backpackers Hostel is a lively hostel set in the centre of Queenstown that offers plenty of freebies during your stay. The Location Sir Cedrics Bungi Backpackers Hostel is located a short walk from the centre of Queenstown on the suburban Stanley Street. This hostel is located only minutes from Queenstown’s central area, meaning many of the famous attractions are very close by. These include, but are not limited to,...
"Hippo Lodge's building used to be two houses in the past; these have been redistributed to make a hostel. The ground floor has the dorm rooms, toilets, and a kitchen, while the upper floor has the double rooms (some en suite), a bathroom, a living room, and a large kitchen. The ground floor has some computers for internet access. There are more rooms and facilities in the second upper building. Some parts of the garden are also used as tent...
The Last Resort
"From the moment of arrival, The Last Resort is something special. It's like walking into someone's home, from the front door leading into the well-equipped and clean (but modest) kitchen, and opening into the living room which is well-stocked with couches, coffee tables, TV, VCR, DVD player, and a gigantic collection of movies to choose from. There is also a dining table and fireplace in the homely room, and it feels like sitting down at the...
"Very disappointed - Initially, my boyfriend and I planned on staying at the Butterfli Lodge while we were visiting Queenstown. We called and booked a private double bed room. We told the woman on the phone that we were possibly going to stay two nights but only committee to the first night. THANK GOD. The Bufferfli Lodge is backpacker style, so the private room was $69 if I remember correctly (cash only) so not too bad. It's situated on the...
"Aspen Lodge advertises itself as the newest of Queenstown hostels but it's a bit rundown and could use a facelift. The sealing around our room's windows and door were coming off, making it tricky to close securely (and keep out noise and cold), and the fabric on the lounge chairs were a bit ratty. If you're a clean-freak you might be a little uncomfortable here. But if all you're looking for is a place to crash after a full day of...
"Alpine Lodge is a nice and quiet place, conveniently located only a short walk away from the city center. Unless they have changed their staff, whether you feel comfortable or not unfortunately depends on the day of the week; the friendly, helpful, and all-knowing girl is there for most of the time though. The Location The hostel is located a short walk out of the city center, just up the road from where the buses arrive and an even...
"Deco Backpackers is a lively hostel in Queenstown with a beautiful view of the lake and mountains. Free wireless internet is available in the hostel while dozens of shops, restaurants, and bars are a short distance away. The Location The hostel can be found at 52 Man Street, five minutes walk from the town centre (climb the stairs at the end of Rees Street, then turn left). There is also some off-street parking if you arrive by car....
Black Sheep Backpackers Lodge
"If you're visiting Queenstown for adventure sports or even just to party, Black Sheep Backpackers Lodge is a great place to base yourself for that home-away-from-home feeling. Its facilities may not be ultra-modern but it still has the right atmosphere to help make your trip memorable. The Location Black Sheep offers more peace and quiet than its centre-of-town alternatives, yet it is only a few minutes' walk from from Queenstown's many...
Little Paradise Lodge
"Little Paradise Lodge is a very peaceful place, and very unique. Guests can enjoy to walk around the garden, to see some of our animals, like ducks, gees, and turkeys.The rooms has a great view from the mountains, lake and garden.We also have a kitchen facilities that guests can cook thier own meals, or we serve breakfast or dinner by request. We are also just 15 minutes away from Glenorchy town, if the guests prepare to dine out." …...
"Gateway Apartments offers 19 modern multi-level apartments and motels. Serviced daily, they are all fully self-contained including separate lounge/dining rooms, fully equipped kitchens, under-bench oven, dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator/freezer, washing machine, clothes dryer, plasma TV, stereo/CD, DVD, bath, shower, hairdryer, queen-size beds, electric blankets, telephone in lounge and master bedroom. Each unit features a private...
Absoloot Value Accommodation
"… Lake Wakatipu, and bi-fold windows so it can get those summer breezes through. There's a pool table, Nintendo Wii, XBox 360 and various board games to incite some healthy competition, and a 42 inch LCD television for movie evenings and major sporting events. Our Guest Kitchen is on the ground floor with multiple microwaves, kettles and utensils so that you don't have to trip over each other. There's also a sitting area with gas...
Comfort Inn Melbourne Lodge & Melbourne House
"… holiday with us will be enjoyable and a one to remember. We look forward to welcoming you to Melbourne Lodge. (Please note we have a 14 day cancellation policy.) We provide a variety of accommodation from single and double private rooms with shared bathroom facilities to private studio with en-suite bathroom. We have breakfast restaurant that opens from 7:30am to 9:30am serving continental breakfast. We also have a large guest...
"Tired, rooms ok but not serviced for 8 days i was there, kichen poor - The room was clean when we arrived and had a hot plate microwave. However thin walls meant we were disturbed by neigbours just chatting. Kitchen needs a total upgrade, appliances were old and cooker tops dirty and stained. I would not choose to stay here again given a choice." … "… and a TV. Some rooms offer views of the surrounding mountains. Rooms with a...
"… convenience of cooking light meals within the room. Breakfast is served daily in our breakfast dining room with room service also available and with prior notice we are happy to cater to any dietary requests. (Breakfast is not included in regular room rates) We are recommended by Lonely Planet for affordable Queenstown accommodation and received the Certificate of Excellence for 2012 and 2013 from Trip Advisor. Coronation Lodge is...
"… Lodge offers a bar and 15 minutes of free Wi-Fi each day. Most rooms offer lake and mountain views, and free parking is included. There is a bus stop right outside the property.Earnslaw Lodge Queenstown offers a choice of studio rooms and apartments. All have an ensuite bathroom. Some also have a kitchenette.The restaurant serves continental or cooked breakfasts each morning. The hotel's bar is open in the evenings.Winter sports and...
Queenstown Travel Tips & Suggestions
Queenstown is on the edge of a huge mountain. So depending on where you are at, it offers great views of the surrounds. There is not many locals here as much of the people coming here are tourists, so walking through town you know that it caters for the tourist. Do go and walk in the botanical gardens. It is almost hidden away, right by the lakeside. There are bowls, tennis, and even frisby golf to play. The park is a hidden gem. There are also a few small towns arround to explore.
Queenstown is definitely a party town - there's a lot of fun to be had here so make sure you pop in.
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