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 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.

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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.

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FAQ about Queenstown Hostels

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A hostel in Queenstown costs $29 for a dorm. A private room in a hostel in Queenstown costs $106. (based on price comparison)
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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.
17 Total number of hostels
$29 Average dorm price
$106 Average private room price
$23 Cheapest hostel in Queenstown
Hippo Lodge Backpackers is the cheapest
1 Party hostels in Queenstown
Nomads Queenstown Backpackers is the best rated
Most Queenstown hostels are located in
7.6 Average rating of all hostels

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Travel Tips for Queenstown - from the Community

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