Backpacker Hostels in Queenstown, New Zealand

16 Hostels for Backpackers available. Prices start from $13 for a dorm bed.

Hostels in Queenstown

Couples Family-Friendly Hostel Female Solo Traveller
"…With the best location in Queenstown, you will get to enjoy the convenience, view, and quality that you only get from a stay with your friends here at Absoloot. Designed by travelers, for … More
Female Solo Traveller Solo Traveller
"…Summary This is one of the best hostels in New Zealand, which provides anything you can think of, with lots of space to put everything a traveler is carrying, and enough areas to get social … More
Female Solo Traveller Solo Traveller
"…The hostel provides a whole range of free services, from basic free Wi-Fi to unique services like the use of bicycles, GoPros, and computers, all of which are provided for free to guests. The … More
Couples Family-Friendly Hostel Older travelers (+50) Quiet Rest
"…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 … More
Adventure Hostels Youth Hostel
"…The hostel on the whole is a friendly place to be, but not so social that you won't be able to sleep -- far from it. It is quiet and relaxed. Summary This hostel is not flash enough for … More
Youth Hostel
"…Free WiFi, tea, and coffee! We recommend booking the night prior if you are arriving in the early morning, please check availability and amend your booking online. If you are arriving after our … More
Couples Digital Nomads Solo Traveller
"…Lovely staff and immaculately clean. Girls... the bathrooms even had hairdryers! You have to stay here. The staff are helpful and nice-looking (a bonus always). It's in a beautiful location and … More
Couples Solo Traveller
"…Breath of Fresh Air - This hostel is a breath of fresh air after staying elsewhere! The rooms were really clean the the staff were really friendly and informative, the kitchen was really nice too … More
Quiet Rest Solo Traveller
"…Well worth it for the view though! Nice people, pretty clean. Rooms are in different buildings though, and if you are in the main building it can be a bit too noisy at night. The climb is very … More

Haka Lodge

Quiet Rest Solo Traveller
"…huge improvement from other hostel situations. - If you're looking for a quality hostel where you can enjoy the place and location without constant partying, Haka Lodge Queenstown is the place … More
Adventure Hostels Party Hostel Solo Traveller Youth Hostel
"…It overlooks an alleyway where many of the popular bars are located (Ice bar, Cowboys), which means it can be very loud and rowdy at night. It's not in the center of town, and there are many more … More
Youth Hostel
"…Bathrooms with a toilet a shower are in each of the dorm rooms. This is convenient but when all eight beds are full, it's a problem. From the Intercity bus stop, walk up Shotover Street past … More
Solo Traveller
"…Very Good! - Stayed in a double room for five nights and it was great! Room was very clean and had a TV and free towels. There's a free hot tub that was clean but unfortunately only open until 8 … More
Couples Family-Friendly Hostel Female Solo Traveller Solo Traveller
"This adrenaline fuelled, picturesque town in the south of New Zealand is surrounded by soaring mountains with a deep blue glacial lake sat perfectly in the middle. The home of the legendary … More
Party Hostel
"…The bed may not be the best but overall it didn't disappoint me. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a decent budget accommodation. Clean, good location by the lake, friendly staff, and … More

The Last Resort QTN

Free Breakfast
Quiet Rest Solo Traveller
"…I most definitely recommend this place! I stayed here in June for 2 weeks and found it almost impossible to leave! Best hostel ever. Phil the owner is a top guy who makes you feel so at home. The … More

Hotels in Queenstown

Alpine Lodge Backpackers

Free Breakfast
"…Love it, love it, love it, love it - just wanted to throw in what a wonderful place this is. I stayed here two years ago for about four months (ski season!) in a dorm with five other people and … More

Apartments in Queenstown

"…The tiled en-suite features shower, toilet, hand basin, heated towel rail, heated mirror and underfloor heating. Bedding configuration is standard - 2 king 2 singles beds. The kitchen is … More

Backpacker Hostels in Queenstown, New Zealand

16 Hostels for Backpackers available. Prices start from $13 for a dorm bed.

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.

 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

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.
Total number of hostels 16
Average dorm price $37
Average private room price $130
Cheapest hostel in Queenstown Sir Cedrics Southern Laughter Backpackers with $25
Party hostels in Queenstown Nomads Queenstown Backpackers (2 in total)
Most Queenstown hostels are located in Central
Average rating of all hostels 8

FAQ about Queenstown Hostels

We've collected the most common questions for hostels in Queenstown. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

11 Best Hostels in Queenstown with Private Rooms

11 Best Hostels in Queenstown with Private Rooms

5 Best Hostels in Queenstown

5 Best Hostels in Queenstown

9 Cheapest Hostels in Queenstown

9 Cheapest Hostels in Queenstown

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Travel Tips for Queenstown - from the Community

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