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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...
"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...
"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...
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...
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...
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
"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 thought of every little helpful thing when designing the hostel, from plugs in lockers to pouches next to beds. Amazed at what he created, thank you for the lovely and welcoming stay." … "Nice...
"Location is the only good thing about this hostel - The location of the hostel is its redeeming feature. Overlooking the beautiful lake and mountains; the view is a joy to wake up to each morning. Very close to the town which is very handy if you have no vehicle. The hostel itself was very shabby and grubby. We booked a twin room which smelled very badly of stale cigarette smoke. The walls and paintwork were very dirty and the wardrobe was...
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,...
"You can't go wrong! - As previously said very professional and friendly. For the price I have got nothing at all to complain about, you can't go wrong. Showers are absolutely bliss, you'll find out! I took the double bedroom which has double doors that opens out to an amazing view and the joinery is made from recycled native timber. They were also kind enough not to charge for my friend who who at the last minute canceled his trip, they had...
"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...
Scallywags Travellers Guesthouse
"Nice hostel but psycho owner - The hostel is a lovely place but the owner Evan is crazy. Basic things to know are that the hostel is fifteen-minute walk from town and there are much closer hostels in the area. Secondly, minimum three-night stay which means that if you book initially for more and want to change it to less, you cannot. Also only forty-eight-hour cancellation policy (even thought we booked twelve hours in advance so it didn't...
"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
"… Value Accommodation is situated right next door to Earnslaw Park in the centre of town, so everything is nearby! There's a chocolate shop underneath us, and pubs 30 seconds walk all around. We're on the Wakatipu lakefront, so we have amazing views on every level, and you can check out all of the action that takes place on the water. Awesome for WinterFest and New Year's! Why should you stay with us Absoloot Value Accommodation...
Comfort Inn Melbourne Lodge & Melbourne House
"… night shopping and just sitting back in one of the many stylish cafes and watching the world go by. We are located only three minutes walk from the town centre with the airport shuttle bus pick up and drop off at the front door. The Ski Bus is also only 200 Metres away. Our Lodge and cosy Bed and Breakfast rooms are highly recommended by all who have stayed. We are more than happy to help you make the most of your Queenstown...
"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...
"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...
"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." … "… with shower amenities, refrigerator, iron and ironing board, crockery and...
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...
"… 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 independently assessed annually by Qualmark NZ and maintains a 4 star motel rating and Enviro-Bronze award in recognition of our environmentally friendly practices. The...
"… with fantastic lake and mountain views. Our breakfast restaurant is open from 7am until 9am and our cosy house bar from 4pm till late. All the local bus's pick up right outside the lodge. We have free secure off street parking and free wifi allocations upon check in. Our studios are all self contained and offer a queen and single bed with en suite bathroom and all linen. All rooms have a TV with inhouse movies playing each...
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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