Pinewood Lodge, Queenstown

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Pinewood Lodge Reviews

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 buy groceries as the walk is uphill. The shuttle bus from airport drops off at the town centre. Tour guides, if booked through this hostel, pick up from the hostel entrance, which is very convenient!

Rooms and Bathrooms

There are small bungalows with different room types. The rooms are clean but can be smelly. The bathroom, lounge, and kitchen with dining table are clean. We had no trouble with door locks, though the floor can be squeaky at some places. Shower is great, but bring your own soap and towels.

Common Spaces

The kitchen has a small dining table with adequate utensils and an oven. The lounge room is great, with ok couches. Heaters are available in the lounge and bedrooms -- these are awesome for cold nights! There are no books or board games available in lounge room, but travel books can be borrowed from the reception. As such, this is not a fun hostel for lone travelers, but great if you travel in groups.


There is a spa available -- ask the receptionist for the key. Overall, it is a great hostel for budget travelers; rooms are ok, and clean but smelly.


Pinewood Lodge is conveniently located a pleasant, five-minute walk from the center of Queenstown, New Zealand, which perches at the elbow bend of Lake Wakatipu. Food stores are a bit out of the way, but are available.

The Location

The distance is not far, but the route is complex, so get detailed directions from staff before setting off up the hill. Once there, locate the short-cut path back to town -- a much more pleasant and abbreviated trek. There's lots of parking on the spacious campus.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Thirteen self-contained units house dorm beds, double and twin rooms, studios, and family lodges, as well as luxury lakeside bedrooms. With the exception of two new buildings, many small, barracks-type structures dot the grounds. Our unit had three sleeping rooms, a bathroom, a small kitchen, and a social room with tables for dining or recreation and a television set.

Common Spaces

While the single four-burner stove in the kitchen made simultaneous meal preparation by three cooks a challenge, it also created one of the best social interactions of our nine weeks in New Zealand and Australia. The lounge in one of the new buildings offers couches and chairs, television, and a bank of computers with internet access. The communal kitchen in the main building is large, modern, and well equipped. Ours was supplied with the necessities and it worked because the friendly occupants coped with the close quarters. The age of the unit and the furniture makes for a grungy look, but it is clean and maintained. Toilets and show are adequate and functional.


A small inventory of staples such as cereal and canned food is available at reception, where staff are helpful in providing directions and scheduling tours. Most places of interest are within easy walking distances. Taxis are busy, so it is wise to schedule ahead for departures. There is also timely bus service to the airport. A number of itinerant workers choose to stay here -- a testimony to Pinewood's value relative to other lodgings in Queenstown.

Ruth Higgins & Al Krause

I stayed here one night and moved to the Queenstown Central YHA. The hostel was along way out of town, I walked back at 11pm on my own in the pitch black, not very safe! The room I stayed in was full and there was no where to put my luggage. The bathroom was tiny and it was shared between 15-16 people - one toilet, sink & shower! It was also damp and dirty. The lay-out of the hostel was strange and the communal areas were not well signposted. I would not recommend this hostel to anyone.


We booked a double room, which was situated in a shared unit type thing with three other rooms, with a shared kitchen, toilet and shower. There is no such 'bathroom' - just a tiny dirty basin within a room which looks as if it was previously a bathroom. The kitchen and its containments were all filthy, and not cleaned daily. The shower was worse. Basically, for the amount we paid, we were not too thrilled with the place. The good thing is that there is parking available, and a nice little outdoor BBQ. I think there are also some newer units that are cleaner, however this is an assumption. There is also a spa at the top of the hill, but which we thought better to avoid. Overall, probably one of our worst choices whilst staying in NZ.


Pinewood Lodge Reviews from the Web

I stayed at this place for 8 nights and I found the staff very friendly and helpful. The 2 girls who worked at the reception were very nice. The facilities were of a high standard and the lodge is walking distance to the city center.

Overall I was satisfied with my stay at the Pinewood Lodge.


Beautiful hostel loved my time here staff very friendly and helpfull


We stayed in one of the one bedroom units in Spikes. Excellent location, just a few minutes walk from town. Beautiful views and everything you could need in the unit. Great to have self controlled heating for the colder days as well. I also found the staff to be very helpful. Great experience all round.


Great budget accommodation


Friendly staff


Liked: -Ubicacion genial: a diez minutos caminando desde la ciudad y ubicado sobre las colinas al final de una calle, lo cual lo hace hermoso-Diferente de otros hostels para mejor!, ya que tiene diferentes unidades (tipo departamentos) ubicados en el complejo, donde en mi caso compartia el cuarto con dos personas mas, y en nuestro "departamento" habia dos cuartos mas-Las instalaciones estan muy bien, hay dos banios por departamento y cada uno tiene una cocina para compartir con tus housemates. -En recepcion son muy amables y hasta se ocuparon de llamar a la aerolinea por mi. -La verdad disfrute mucho hospedandome alli, y solo pague 2 dolares mas que en un hostel normal, realmente vale la pena! Didn't like: El wifi es gratis pero no funciona desde los departamentos


Liked: I always say the people make the hostel, this was very true at pinewood. Free trampoline, free internet (only really works outside reception). There was also a TV in our living area but the TV remote was missing so we could only watch one channel. Didn't like: 2 plug sockets hidden behind a bed in a room of 6 people! No soap de spencer in the bathroom. Cleaners don't bother wiping down the table or use any cleaning products other than water from what I've witnissed. However with all these little things the place grows on you and you start calling it home


Great location, walking distance to everything you need. Wonderful staff on the counter. Apartment could have been a little bit cleaner. Our room was tidy and well presented however. Overpriced of course, but this is on par with the rest of Queenstown.


Liked: Pinewood Lodge is close to town. There is so much to do there and the people that were staying at the lodge were great. Didn't like: There could have been more plugs in the dorm room.


Liked: Easy Didn't like: No mirrors in bedroom. Which means waiting for the shared bathroom and/or using up bathroom time to do makeup/hair which could be done in bedrooms


Liked: Great facilities. Didn't like: 10 min walk to the main town.


Breakfast table outside on the porch in the sun!


Liked: The Spa, comfortable beds Didn't like: No power points in the rooms.


Liked: We lived in a double room and share kitchen and bathroom with another room only. It is the shared bathroom is not with a number of people. Didn't like: The location is a bit far from the city center and walk to there with lauggage is not very easy.



Welcome to Pinewood, ideally located in a beautiful alpine setting away from the bustle of busy streets and yet only 5 minutes walk to the centre of Queenstown. It is close enough for a leisurely stroll to enjoy a variety of shops, internationally renowned restaurants, pubs, bars and clubs to suit all tastes.

Pinewood is set in spacious land-scaped grounds just 5 minutes walk from town. Accommodation ranges from dormitory to double, twin, en-suite rooms and family units. We can also easily facilitate large groups.

We have 27 different Units at Pinewood and each is self-contained with kitchen, lounge and bathroom facilities.

Facilities include a private spa with great views, trampoline, full activity and transport booking service, ski rooms and much more.

Location and Contact


• 1. Head southwest on Frankton Rd, 2.8 km
• 2. Turn right at Stanley St, 0.6 km
• 3. Turn right at Shotover St, 83 m
• 4. Continue onto Gorge Rd, 0.5 km
• 5. Turn left at Robins Rd, 0.2 km
• 6. Take the 1st right onto Hamilton Rd, 0.3 km
• 7. We are at the end of Hamilton Road



Address: 48 Hamilton Road, Central, Queenstown, New Zealand

Pinewood Lodge is listed on the following booking sites:

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Website Pinewood Lodge Queenstown
Phone Number: (03) 442 8273
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Facilities and Amenities

+50 Traveller


Family-Friendly Hostel

Quiet Rest



Bike Rental

City Tours

Luggage Storage


Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

24 Hour Security

BBQ Grill

Book Collection/Exchange

Cable TV

Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Entirely Non-Smoking


Hair Dryers

Hot Showers

Hot tub/Jacuzzi



Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental

Pool Table


Wheelchair Accessible

Service Animals

Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 7:30am to 9:00pm


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