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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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HI - YHA Queenstown Lakefront Hostel
"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 is nestled on the shores of Lake Wakapitu, about three hundred meters outside of the Queenstown city centre. This hostel's variety of services and million dollar views make it a must-stay when looking for a place to lay your head at night. Common areas close around 11 p.m., so if you are looking for a party you'll have to move it to a bar at some point in the night. Because rooms are somewhat spread out, it is not that...
"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...
"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...
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
"Flipping Fantastic - it's only just opened so everything is sparkly clean and brand new (in fact it's so new that two of the floors aren't even open to backpackers yet!). From the looks of it though they're going to keep this place looking awesome and fingers crossed the staff stay as helpful and friendly as they were. Absolutely fantastic place to stay right in the centre of the city!" … "… with wide screen Sky TV. All dorm...
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." … "…...
"For independent travellers on a budget you cannot beat Lakeside Backpackers. We offer clean inexpensive shared facilities in dormitory style, twin, double and single rooms." … "Our small, friendly hostel is in an ideal lakefront location and is easy strolling distance from the town center, the bars and nightclubs and all the exciting Queenstown tourist attractions on offer. We are right on the lake and across the road from St Omer Park...
Haka Lodge Queenstown
"… private rooms. Some of our private rooms even have Super King sized beds! Whilst we are spread over 3 levels, we are a small backpackers for fewer than 50 people. This means that there is more space for you to relax and lounge about. Because everything in our lodge is brand new and we employ professional cleaning staff (as opposed to backpackers cleaning in exchange for accommodation), you will not find a cleaner and more...
Southern Laughter Lodge
"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 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...
"… with linen and duvets. Our kitchen is well stocked, our dining area and comfy lounge comes with Sky TV. Don't want to watch the latest movies then why not grab a good old fashioned board game to bring out your competitive side. We also offer a variety of games for our volley ball court and get energetic on our trampoline! Our Sun Room is the perfect spot to take advantage of our book exchange and our hammocks are ideal for a sleepy...
"A lovely hostel, ably run by Gemma, the manager who is very friendly and professional. It's clean and cosy with wonderful views. I would definitely recommend it." … "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...
"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...
"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...
"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....
Backpackers Downtown Lodge
"From first appearance, Backpackers Downtown Logde looks like a nice little place to stay, and the sign outside the door advertises a low rate, which includes breakfast. You might think you have landed yourself a deal! The staff at Downtown are laid back and chilled. However, this is a flaw when you require information about the Queenstown and Wanaka area. When first entering the dorm accommodation, the impression is that it's mainly used...
"Resort Lodge, a BBH hostel, is located on a little, quiet street, but is still near the main road of Shotover Street. If you are traveling by Intercity/Newmans coaches, the hostel is only two streets away from their bus stop along Athol Street. From there, you walk along Shotover Street toward Stanley Street where you can see a Four Stars Supermarket. The next street will be Stanley Street, although it is not clear as the road sign indicating...
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...
The Lab Queenstown
"… of the town. Upstairs there are 2 kitchens connected by a spacious outside terrace, featuring a BBQ with tables, chairs and drink machine. Our popular TV lounge includes a video and DVD player. Most share rooms sleep no more than 6. All beds are fully made up. The lodge has bedrooms and bathrooms both upstairs and downstairs. Some of the rooms have their own TV, and all of them have their own phone for making or receiving calls....
"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
"… fitted with one double bed. Twin room: fitted with two king-size single beds. Four bed shared dorm: fitted with one duo-bunk and one single bunk. Six bed shared dorm: fitted with three single bunks. Each room has been fitted with secondary glazing and shutters to keep the heat in and the noise out. And there's a heat pump/reverse-cycle air-conditioner in every room, so you can stay warm in winter and cool in summer. The beds...
"… Shotover River Lodge offers guests a quiet retreat with only a short distance from both Queenstown and Arrowtown. The lodge is based at the bottom of the Coronet Ski Field access road, a short drive to five golf courses and in walking distance to restaurant, bar and spa facilities. Enjoy the hustle and bustle of Queenstown, and then stay with us for a great night’s sleep. We have a full range of rooms all with en suites and...
Comfort Inn Melbourne Lodge & Melbourne House
"… we can phone and book activities, or advise you on activities in and around Queenstown. We know your holiday with us will be an enjoyable one to remember and we look forward to your arrival. We provide different types of accommodation from shared bathroom facility to private studio with ensuite bathroom. We have breakfast restaurant that opens from 7am to 10am serving continental and cooked breakfast. We also have common lounge...
"… full linen, towels with shower amenities, refrigerator, iron and ironing board, crockery and cutlery, TV with network stations, desk, wardrobe, lamp and great views! Our Standard Studios also contain own en-suite, radiated heating but have views of our internal courtyard. The rooms are basic but comfortable and guests have access to the hot tub, BBQ and free parking. The height of the ceilings in all loft rooms are 1.7 meters at...
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."...
"… We offer 11 fully serviced lodge rooms which include 20MB of free internet data daily, tea and coffee making facilities with free plunger coffee and cookies and a small fridge. We also provide complimentary fresh milk on arrival. Two rooms are also fitted with Kitchenettes for the convenience of cooking light meals within the room. Breakfast is served daily in our breakfast dining room with room service also available and with...
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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