Backpacker Hostels in Queenstown, New Zealand

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Get to know Queenstown (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Queenstown. To help you make friends with Queenstown before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

 Get to know Queenstown (no more

Whether it’s in winter or summer or you’re visiting with friends, family, or your significant other, the picturesque Queenstown, New Zealand, is drenched with beauty. The resort town in Otago on New Zealand’s South Island offers so many activities in which to dabble that you’ll be hard pressed to become bored.

Adventure awaits in Queenstown for those who dare to answer its call. In winter, snow sports abound, with the usual suspects like skiing and snowboarding possible against the backdrop of beautiful snowcapped mountains. Meanwhile, the Winter Festival -- which includes fireworks, live music, street parades, and more -- is one of the most exciting events to add to your calendar.

Adrenaline junkies will see Queenstown, New Zealand, as heaven on earth -- and for good reason. The city is known as the one of the adventure capitals of the world. Among the endless adventure activities are bungee jumping, whitewater rafting, river surfing, canyon swinging, and jet boating.

More of a indoor person but still want to get your kicks? Or perhaps it’s raining but you still want to get the heart pumping? Queenstown caters for this scenario as well, with a multitude of indoor activity centres where you can partake in ice skating, sensory mazes, escape rooms, haunted houses, go karting, or trampolining.

There's also much to do for those who are more drawn to the area’s stunning natural elements. Queenstown offers some of the best fishing, hiking, walking, mountaineering, climbing, hunting, and scenic touring in the country. Fans of the "Lord Of The Rings" trilogy may be interested to known that parts of Queenstown are where the movie was filmed and you can visit these locations.

For backpackers, Queenstown, New Zealand, is a hostel-filled paradise. The Queenstown, New Zealand hostels are affordable and great value for money -- many of them have impressive amenities, including free unlimited Wi-Fi, are close to the centre of town, and are blessed with New Zealand’s formidable natural beauty. Hostels in Queenstown, New Zealand, usually have beds available at most times of the year, but booking ahead is always advantageous.

Written by local enthusiast for Queenstown hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Queenstown hostels Erin

FAQ about Queenstown Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Queenstown. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Queenstown. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

A hostel in Queenstown costs on average $27 for a dorm. A hostel in Queenstown with private rooms costs on average $103. shows all 21 Hostels in Queenstown. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay. compares prices for 21 hostels in Queenstown, New Zealand.

This makes this very website the best place to find cheap accommodation in Queenstown.

Your Packing List for Queenstown

Your Packing List for Queenstown

Pack smart, not hard

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Queenstown and New Zealand.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

Get your full Packing List here

Queenstown Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Queenstown, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
21 Total number of hostels
$27 Average dorm price
$103 Average private room price
$26 Cheapest hostel in Queenstown
2 Party hostels in Queenstown
Nomads Queenstown Backpackers is the best rated
Most Queenstown hostels are located in
Central, Kingston
7 Average rating of all hostels

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Travel Tips for Queenstown - from the Community

Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Queenstown. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Queenstown. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!

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