The Top 15 Backpacker Hostels In Queenstown
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Staying at a hostel can make your overall trip to New Zealand cheaper and more exciting. If you want an affordable accommodation, as well as a great place to meet other travelers, then there are several hostels in Queenstown for you to choose from.

This post will go over our 15 favorite hostels in Queenstown.

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Best Hostels in Queenstown For Budget Backpackers

Nomads Queenstown

Nomads Queenstown is one of Queenstown’s budget hostels, perfect for flashpackers who like a bit of style and class. The hostel is perched on the lake in the middle of town, with envy-inducing views of the mountains. They offer a wide range of air conditioned accommodations, ranging from mixed 12-bed dormitory accommodations to private rooms, and even twin rooms with a shared bathroom.

Address: 5/11 Church Street, South island, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Nearby: 4-minute walk from Skycity Queenstown casino

5 minutes' walk from the Shotover Canyon Swing.

Contact:  +64 3-441 3922

Rating: Google Review: 4.1/5

Tripadvisor Rating: 4/5

Booking.com: 7.8/10

Amenities:

  • Free Wifi

  • Free Breakfast

  • Laundry Facilities

  • Housekeeping

Southern Laughter Backpackers

Southern Laughter Backpackers is one of the best cheap hostels in Queenstown and it offers awesome views of The Remarkables from the BBQ decks. This hostel offers a hearty and filling bowl of free veggie soup every evening ensuring that you never go to sleep hungry. They offer a wide range of air conditioned accommodations, ranging from mixed 12-bed dormitory accommodations to twin rooms with a shared bathroom.

Address: 4 Isle Street, Queenstown 7050, New Zealand

NearbySir Cedrics Southern Laughter Backpackers is 650 m

5-minute walk from eateries along lively Shotover Street 

1 km from Queenstown Gardens

Contact: +64 3 441 8828

Rating: Google Review: 3.7/5

Tripadvisor Rating: 3.5/5

Booking.com: 7.5/10

Amenities:

  • Parking

  • Free Wifi

  • Hot Tub

  • Laundry Facilities

  • Fireplace

Absoloot Hostel QT

Absoloot Hostel QT is a fantastic Queenstown backpackers hostel with a good balance between cost and facilities. Located on the lakefront with an awesome view of the Lake. They offer a wide range of accommodations, ranging from 6-bed en-suite rooms to 1-bed en-suite private rooms.

Address:  50 Beach Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Nearby:  Ski resorts and adventure activities are just a 2-minute walk

5-minute walk to The Gondola

8-minute walk from the Skyline Queenstown cable

Contact: +64 3-442 9522

Rating: Google Review: 4.4/5

Tripadvisor Rating: 4.5/5

Booking.com: 8.8/10

Amenities:

  • Paid Public Parking

  • Free Wifi

  • Bicycle Rental

  • Fireplace

  • Laundry Facilities

Best Hostels In Queenstown To Meet Solo Travelers

Flaming Kiwi Backpackers 

The Flaming Kiwi Backpackers is your home away from home, a great place for solo travelers to socialise with other travelers and feel like home. Take their bikes (free of charge) for a cycle around the lake, borrow some of their Frisbee golf discs, and try them out at the Queenstown Garden’s course. Kiwi offers a wide range of air conditioned accommodations, ranging from shared 8-bed dormitory accommodations to private rooms.

Address: 39 Robins Road, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Nearby: 500 m from Skyline Gondola and Luge

700 m from Shotover River and 

5.8 km from AJ Hackett Bungy Jumping - Kawarau Bridge

Contact: +64 3 442 5494

Rating: Google Review: 4.4/5

Tripadvisor Rating: 4.5/5

Booking.com: 8.8/10

Amenities:

  • Free Public Parking

  • Free Wifi

  • Bicycle Rental

  • Laundry Facilities

  • Wake-up service / alarm clock

Haka Lodge Queenstown

Haka Lodge Queenstown designed with the discerning traveller in mind who loves to socialise and hangout with other travelers. It’s a small backpackers hostel for fewer than 50 people. This means that there is more space to relax, meet like-minded travelers and plan your adventures in Queenstown. They offer a wide range of air conditioned accommodations,ranging from shared 8-bed dormitory accommodations to private rooms.

Address: 6 Henry Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Nearby:  200 m from central Queenstown

10-minute walk from Queenstown Gardens 

12-minute drive from Queenstown International Airport

25-minute drive from The Remarkables Ski Fields

Contact: +64 3 442 4970

Rating: Google Review: 4.4/5

Tripadvisor Rating: 4.5/5

Booking.com: 8.5/10

Amenities:

  • Parking

  • Free Wifi

  • Skiing Equipment Rental

  • Laundry Facilities

Sir Cedrics Tahuna Pod Hostel

Sir Cedrics Tahuna Pod Hostel is a social and cultural hostel, great for couples or solo travelers. This backpacker accommodation also features a large balcony/BBQ area with stunning views overlooking Queenstown. They offer a wide range of air conditioned accommodations, ranging from shared 12-bed pod accommodation to double rooms with a shared bathroom.

Address: 11 Henry Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Nearby: A short walk from many bars and restaurants in Queenstown

2-minute walk from a bus stop

10-minute walk from Skyline Queenstown gondola

Contact: +64 3 442 7052

Rating: Google Review: 4.4/5

Tripadvisor Rating: 4.5/5

Booking.com: 8.9/10

Amenities:

  • Free Parking

  • Free Breakfast

  • Free Wifi

  • Bicycle Rental

  • Shuttle bus service

  • Laundry Facilities

  • Refrigerator

YHA Queenstown Central

YHA Queenstown Central is right at the centre of Queenstown where you can hangout with other solo travelers and order a drink or two. The hostel itself is a perfect place for people traveling solo since you’ll get to meet people from different parts around the world, both solo and couples. They offer a wide range of air conditioned accommodations, ranging from shared 5-bed dormitories to private room, and even family room.

Address: 48 Shotover Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Nearby 2-minute walk of various bars and cafes

7-minute walk from the Skyline Gondola

11-minute walk from Queenstown Gardens.

15-minute drive from Queenstown International Airport

20-minute drive from Remarkables Ski Field 

Contact: +64 3 442 7400

Rating: Google Review: 4.1/5

Tripadvisor Rating: 4/5

Booking.com: 8.4/10

Amenities:

  • Free Wifi

  • Bicycle Rental

  • Car Hire

  • Laundry Facilities

Best Hostels In Queenstown For Partying

Base Queenstown

Base Queenstown is known as one of the best party hostels in Queenstown. This hostel is much more active from a partying and social standpoint than many others. Base offers a happy hour at their onsite bar which helps to keep the atmosphere lively and fun. They offer a wide range of air conditioned accommodations, ranging from mixed, female 8-bed dormitories to twin rooms with a shared bathroom.

Address: 47-49 Shotover Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Nearby:  5 minutes' walk from Lake Wakatipu

7-minute walk from Skyline Queenstown and 

1 km from Queenstown Gardens

Contact: +64 3 441 1185

Rating: Google Review: 3.7/5

Tripadvisor Rating: 3/5

Booking.com: 6.8/10

Amenities:

  • Free Wifi

  • Free Breakfast 

  • Laundry Facilities

  • Nightclub / DJ

Best Hostels In Queenstown For Quiet Backpackers

Hippo Lodge Backpackers

If you’re looking for a good night’s rest then Hippo Lodge Backpackers is a perfect place for you to spend the night. They offer a wide range of air conditioned accommodations, ranging from 8-bed dormitory accommodations to deluxe rooms with shared bathrooms.

Address: 4 Anderson Heights, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Nearby: 500 m from Skyline Gondola and Luge

900 m from Shotover River

13 minutes' walk from Kiwi Birdlife Park

Contact: +64 3 442 5785

Rating: Google Review: 4.3/5

Tripadvisor Rating: 4/5

Booking.com: 7.9/10

Amenities:

  • Free Parking

  • Free Wifi

  • Laundry Facilities

Aspen Lodge Backpackers

Aspen Lodge Backpackers is an ideal place for backpackers who want peace and quiet. The location of the hostel is fantastic, it's right in the center of everything. Aspen offers a wide range of air conditioned accommodations, ranging from mixed 10-bed dormitories to twin rooms with a shared bathroom.

Address: 11 Gorge Road, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Nearby:  600 m of Skyline Gondola and Luge

7 km of Queenstown Event Centre

2 km from Lake Wakatipu

23 km from Shotover River

 24 km from AJ Hackett Bungy Jumping - Kawarau Bridge

24 km from The Remarkables.

Contact: +64 3 442 9671

Rating: Google Review: 3.9/5

Tripadvisor Rating: 4.5/5

Booking.com: 7.7/10

Amenities:

  • Free Public Parking

  • Free Wifi

  • Laundry Facilities

The Black Sheep Backpackers

If you’re a backpacker who wants a little more privacy, Black Sheep Backpackers is a perfect place for you. All the beds in this hostel are equipped with privacy curtains along with a personal reading light, power outlet, and under-bed lockers. Black Sheep offers panoramic views of the mountains and is just a short walk from the lake. They offer a wide range of air conditioned accommodations, ranging from dormitory accommodations to private rooms with an en-suite.

Address: 13 Frankton Road, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Nearby: 700 m from Skyline Gondola and Luge

3-minute walk from a bus stop

 8-minute walk from Queenstown Gardens and a 

15-minute walk from Kiwi Birdlife Park.

Contact: +64 3 442 7289

Rating: Google Review: 3.6/5

Tripadvisor Rating: 3.6/5

Booking.com: 7.7/10

Amenities:

  • Free private Parking

  • Free Wifi

  • Bicycle Rental

  • Hot Tub

  • Laundry Facilities

Overall Best Hostels In Queenstown

Adventure Q2 Hostel

Adventure Q2 Hostel is one of the best hostels in Queenstown. Q2 knows how to make your stay in Queenstown epic. They double up as a tour-booking agency to help you experience the best of New Zealand, with activities for everyone ranging from rock climbing to wine tasting. There's rock climbing for the brave and wine tasting for the thirsty! Q2 offers a wide range of air conditioned accommodations, from mixed 6-bed dormitories to twin rooms with a shared bathroom.

Address: 5 Athol Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Nearby:  4-minute walk from the shores of Lake Wakatipu, 

10-minute walk from Kiwi Birdlife Park 

12 minutes away on foot from Queenstown Gardens.

6 km from Queenstown airport

7 km from Queenstown Event Centre 

Contact: +64 3 927 4625

Rating: Google Review: 4.9/5

Tripadvisor Rating: 5/5

Booking.com: 9.3/10

Amenities:

  • Free Wifi

  • Laundry Facilities

Adventure Queenstown Hostel 

Adventure Queenstown hostel is one the most popular hostels in Queenstown and it provides a high level of comfort with personal service. With their new and modern, relaxed atmosphere, they offer a wide range of air conditioned accommodations ranging from mixed 6-bed dormitories to twin rooms with a shared bathroom.

Address: 36 Camp Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Nearby:  250m from Lake Wakatipu

500 m from Fear Factory Queenstown, 

800 m from Queenstown Chamber Of Commerce 

Less than 1 km from Queenstown Lakes District Library

Contact: +64 3 409 0862

Rating: Google Review: 4.8/5

Tripadvisor Rating: 5/5

Booking.com: 9.1/10

Amenities:

  • Free Wifi

  • Bicycle Rental

  • Laundry Facilities

  • Fireplace

YHA Queenstown Lakefront

YHA Queenstown is a top tier hostel in Queenstown, and it’s perfectly located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, offering the best view of Queenstown, as well as the Remarkables. The hostel has spacious common areas and also offers stunning lake views and a fireplace. They offer a wide range of air conditioned accommodations, ranging from mixed 8-bed dormitory accommodations to single rooms with a shared bathroom.

Address: 88-90 Lake Esplanade, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Nearby: 1-minute walk from a bus stop 

2 km from Queenstown Gardens

10-minute walk from the centre of Queenstown

20-minute drive to the Remarkables Ski Field

25-minute drive from Coronet Peak

Contact: +64 3 442 8413

Rating: Google Review: 4.5/5

Tripadvisor Rating: 4/5

Booking.com: 8.9/10

Amenities:

  • Free Public Parking

  • Free Wifi

  • Laundry Facilities

  • Fireplace

JUCY Snooze Queenstown

JUCY's capsule style sleeping pods are a New Zealand first! JUCY Snooze Queenstown has a rooftop bar & social space which overlooks Queenstown's rooftops, Lake Wakatipu, and the Remarkables mountain range. They offer a wide range of air conditioned pod accommodations, ranging from single pod with 8-bed accommodations to single room with a shared bathroom.

Address: 47 Camp Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Nearby:  within walking distance to restaurants, shopping and Queenstown's vibrant nightlife
200 m from Skyline Gondola and Luge

2 minutes on foot from zip lining at Shotover Canyon Swing and Canyon Fox

3-minute walk from Lake Wakatipu 

Contact: +64 800 427 736

Rating: Google Review: 4.2/5

Tripadvisor Rating: 4/5

Booking.com: 8.6/10

Amenities:

  • Free Wifi

  • Laundry Facilities

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