YHA Queenstown Lakefront, Queenstown

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YHA Queenstown Lakefront Reviews

We stayed in a double room with lake views. It was awesome. The same view of the lake from one of the major hotels would have been hundreds of dollars a night more. The rooms are basic but very clean. The staff were wonderful, always polite and helpful. The share bathrooms were very clean. Great relax areas inside and out. Kitchen area huge and clean. 5 star hostel accommodation. Travelers ranged from under 16s Rugby team to geriatric couples. All mingled well, shared, and went their own ways. A great cheap holiday accommodation stay.

Age 60 | Australian

Clean hostel, nice kitchen

One of the nicer, roomier dorms in which I've stayed. Clean place, good showers in a roomy bathroom, great kitchen with lots of stovetop options, and a terrific selection of tours and activities. I was a bit annoyed that they charged 10 cents for salt and sugar, especially since spices like cinnamon and garlic powder were free, but they did have a nice selection of goods at the desk.

Age 36 | US

Well worth a stay

Great location, riverside, a short walk into CBD. Big, well stocked kitchen, rooms clean, all was quite fine.

Age 74 | usa

Geriatric much?

The hostel was seriously lacking in atmosphere. It appears there is a group of oldies living there! Don't expect a fun night in with grandma in the lounge snapping at you. Beds were sunken and uncomfortable and the bathrooms needed work. Honestly, go somewhere else. Hostel Fail!


Too Noisy and Cell Like Rooms

Poor layout, the traffic along the hallways to the bathrooms is deafening. Nothing in basic single but a bed (comfortable enough) and a chair. Tomorrow night I'm going to a cheap hotel where I can hopefully get some sleep, and they'll let me put my luggage into my room even if it's before 2:30 p.m.


Awesome Place! Stay here if you're not too party inclined.

This place is great! It's incredibly clean. It's a beautiful location. The staff are the greatest. It's quiet which is a huge plus compared to the Queenstown Central YHA. This place is for people who are in NZ to relax a bit, rather than just party. It has a dry room which is great for ski gear, great amenities. There is internet and a really great kitchen. It is a bit of a walk to town, but for the tranquility it's worth it. I highly recommend it.


A little further from the town than expected

Great quality hostel with bunks that were attached to the wall in the twin room (so no squeaking!). It was a little further than I had expected from the city but a nice walk along the lake to get there. The hostel had parking across the road. Wish there hadn't been so many stairs to the room as I had a rather heavy suitcase


Friendly staff, clean, and beautiful view

We stayed in a five-bed dorm for three nights in September 2008 and absolutely loved the place. The kitchen is very big and fully equipped with clean all-white plates, bowls, saucers, mugs. Best of all, the receptionist (I did not ask for her name), but she's from Slovakia was very, very friendly and helpful with all our requests. Thank you! Oh, we were very encouraged and pleased at the great efforts to be green, as there were facilities everywhere to help guests to recycle.

Kim Ling

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YHA Queenstown Lakefront Reviews from the Web

Great place in a great location, I felt safe and got a great experience


We really enjoyed our stay at the lakefront YHA in Queenstown.

Particularly liked the ensuite queen room on the third floor with the view out over the lake.

We are recommending this to our friends who will be travelling south soon.

Very good value for money.

The kitchen is well provided with everything necessary for cooking and eating..plus the staff were really helpful and friendly.

We will be back.many thanksDenise


Perfect for my needs-just needing. Place to crash. School holidays meant there were probably more children than usual, only remark re the lower atmosphere score were the useless parents there letting kids run around.


We really like staying in YHA hostels because they tend to be very consistently clean and have good facilities. We were a bit disappointed by the cleanliness this visit (which hasn't an issue with past visits to this location). We wondered if the hostel was short-staffed (as most places in Queenstown seem to be) and not able to keep up with the cleaning schedule. The bathrooms and kitchen were often quite dirty. However, we would still return to this YHA for the location and quiet.


One of the nicest hostels weve stayed at in a long time! The shared dorms were spacious and tidy, each bed had its own light, shelf and plug socket which was great. The communal areas were kept clean and tidy, there were plenty of showers and toilets which again, were kept clean and tidy. Staff were friendly and helpful. Beautiful location right in front of the lake with a 5-10 minute walk into the town centre.


Love the place, will definitely stay here again


So great! So cheap!


Excellent hostel. Very clean bathrooms and kitchen area. Comfortable beds. Hot powerful showers. Good location within walking distance of Queenstown town centre. Parking available at the hostel and at the roadside (no parking charges). Very good hostel at a very affordable price. I would highly recommend


Great staff, facilities and cleanliness.

Only thing lacking was atmosphere. Admittedly it was the off season and there was lack of backpackers due to covid etc. so it was pretty quiet.


Great clean place, lovely lakeside location & very friendly and helpful staff. Highly recommend!


Great location on the lakefront. Exceptional value for money. Will go back when next in Queenstown.


YHA is awesome. Great facilities, great location and very reasonable prices. Hotel quality with hostel vibes/prices.


Best stay ever! So clean and peaceful


It was such an amazing backpackers ever. Everything was clean and the atmosphere was good. Ill definitely stay here again next time too.


Amazing location, very friendly staff, great facilities and spotlessly clean. Highly recommend.


One of the nicest YHA hostels and hostels in general I have stayed in. Very good kitchen and lovely shared bathrooms. Everything very clean, and beautiful location on the lakefront.


Great place. My only regret is that booking it through website meant I did not get my member discount.


This has to be one of the best hostels. Clean friendly large. Cloths line drying room. Recommend a stay. Over looking lake slow 15 minute walk to town via lake.


There is not a lot of spaces for parking the car, but parking on the street is free. I was not too pleased by the shared bathroom, but it was pretty clean and I love the power outlet inside the locker


like most yha. Good location, nice social atmosphere, nice staff, good facilities.



Queenstown YHA is a modern fully equipped hostel with magnificent views right on the shore of Lake Wakatipu. Double/twin rooms as well as rooms with wheelchair access. Reception open 6.30am - 10.00pm. Hostel access 24 hours. TV/Video room, luggage storage and ski storage
area. All rooms are heated. Lake beach and childrens playground nearby. Friendly staff with vast amounts of local knowledge. Travel booking service for all domestic travel, track and local activities.

Now available - a self contained apartment that sleeps up to 4 people and has its own bathroom (with a bath) & kitchen - only $120 per night!

Location and Contact


• Bus: Buses pick up and drop off at door if requested
• Parking: Free hostel off street parking
• Location: 700m Walk along the lakefront to the town centre
• Airport: 9km regular shuttle buses, organise at airport on arrival

Address: Wakatipu Lodge YH, 80 Lake Esplanade, Central, Queenstown, New Zealand

YHA Queenstown Lakefront is listed on the following booking sites:

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Website YHA Queenstown Lakefront Queenstown www.stayyha.com
Phone Number: +64-3-442-8413
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Facilities and Amenities


Digital Nomads

Solo Traveller



Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Bike Rental

City Tours

Lockers in Lobby

Luggage Storage


24 Hour Security

BBQ Grill

Board Games

Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Hair Dryers

Hot Showers



Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental



Wheelchair Accessible

Genders: Males Only

Curfew: No Curfew


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