The Top 15 Backpacker Hostels In Queenstown
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Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand, is heaven for those who love sports and adventure travel. From winter sports to bungy jumping to skydiving to jet boat rides through a canyon, you won’t ever find yourself bored. Not only does Queenstown have an unbeatable list of things to do, but it also boasts some great hostels.

If you travel during the snow season, then choosing a hostel in Queenstown along the main road in town would make your life a whole lot easier. This will also allow you to save money on taxis after a big night in the town by conveniently walking or stumbling home. If you’re here for nature, then stay in Fernhill, as you’ll be near the hiking and cycling routes. 

If you’re looking for an airport-handy base, then Frankton is the place to stay, it’s convenient too with markets and Kawaru Bridge  – where the world’s first commercial bungee jump stands.

To help you plan your trip, we've compiled a list of the best hostels in Queenstown that are affordable on a backpacker's budget. We've even organized them into useful categories for you!

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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.

How much does Nomads Queenstown cost? 

$28 - $133 USD (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room). Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

Check-in and Check-out

Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. 

Car Parking

Nomads Queenstown doesn't offer parking. 

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

Nearby

  • Church of St Peters is a 1-minute walk
  • Queenstown Mall is 2 minutes walk
  • Skycity Queenstown Casino is 4 minutes walk
  • Creative Queenstown Arts & Crafts Market is 4 minutes walk
  • Fear Factory Queenstown is 5 minutes walk

Contact: +64 3-441 3922

Rating:

  • Google Review: 4.1/5
  • Tripadvisor rating: 4/5
  • Booking.com: 7.8/10
  • Hostelworld rating: 8/10

Amenities:

  • Free WiFi 
  • Free Breakfast 
  • Laundry service 
  • Baggage storage

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Nomads Queenstown

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.

How much does Southern Laughter Backpackers cost? 

$20 - $55 USD (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room). Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

Check-in and Check-out

Check-in is from 01:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. 

Car Parking

Parking is available to guests.

Address: 4 Isle Street, Queenstown 7050, New Zealand

Nearby

  • A 4-minute walk from a Gondola at Skyline Queenstown
  • A 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
  • Hostelworld rating: 8.3/10

Amenities:

  • Free WiFi 
  • Hot Tub
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Fireplace

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Southern Laughter Backpackers

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.

How much does Absoloot Hostel QT cost? 

$36 - $102 USD (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room). Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

Check-in and Check-out

Check-in is from 01:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. 

Car Parking

Free public parking nearby, paid public parking nearby, and street parking is available to guests.

Address:  50 Beach Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Nearby

  • Lake Wakatipu is a 1-minute walk
  • Creative Queenstown Arts & Crafts Market is a 1-minute walk
  • Fear Factory Queenstown is 2 minutes walk
  • Skyline Gondola is 7 minutes walk
  • Queenstown Gardens is 8 minutes walk

Contact: +64 3-442 9522

Rating

  • Google Review: 4.4/5
  • Tripadvisor rating: 4.5/5
  • Booking.com: 8.8/10
  • Hostelworld rating: 9.6/10

Amenities:

  • Free WiFi 
  • Bicycle rental
  • Fireplace
  • Laundry Facilities

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Absoloot Hostel QT

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 socialize with other travelers, and feels 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.

How much does Flaming Kiwi Backpackers cost? 

$23 - $64 USD (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room). Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

Check-in and Check-out

Check-in is from 01:30 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. 

Car Parking

Free parking is available to guests.

Address: 39 Robins Road, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Nearby

  • CaddyShack City Mini Golf is 7 minutes walk
  • Kiwi and Birdlife Park is 8 minutes walk
  • Queenstown Mall is 8 minutes walk
  • Skyline Gondola is 9 minutes walk
  • Queenstown Hill is 13 minutes walk

Contact: +64 3 442 5494

Rating

  • Google Review: 4.4/5
  • Tripadvisor rating: 4.5/5
  • Booking.com: 8.8/10
  • Hostelworld rating: 9.4/10

Amenities:

  • Free WiFi
  • Bicycle Rental
  • Laundry Service 
  • Wake Up Service

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Flaming Kiwi Backpackers

Haka Lodge Queenstown

Haka Lodge Queenstown designed with the discerning traveler in mind who loves to socialize and hang out 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.

How much does Haka Lodge Queenstown cost? 

$34 - $141 USD (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room). Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

Check-in and Check-out

Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. 

Car Parking

Parking is available to guests.

Address: 6 Henry Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Nearby

  • Queenstown Mall is 3 minutes walk
  • Church of St Peters is 5 minutes walk
  • Skycity Queenstown Casino is 5 minutes walk
  • Queenstown Hill is 6 minutes walk
  • Fear Factory Queenstown is 7 minutes walk

Contact: +64 3 442 4970

Rating

  • Google Review: 4.4/5
  • Tripadvisor rating: 4.5/5
  • Booking.com: 8.5/10
  • Hostelworld rating: 8.5/10

Amenities:

  • Free WiFi 
  • Skiing Equipment Rental
  • Laundry Facilities

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Haka Lodge Queenstown

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.

How much does Sir Cedrics Tahuna Pod Hostel cost? 

$27 - $55 USD (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room). Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

Check-in and Check-out

Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. 

Car Parking

Free parking and a parking garage are available to guests.

Address: 11 Henry Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Nearby

  • Queenstown Mall is 4 minutes walk
  • Skycity Queenstown Casino is 4 minutes walk
  • Lake Wakatipu is 6 minutes walk
  • Skyline Gondola is 10 minutes walk
  • Queenstown Gardens is 12 minutes walk

Contact: +64 3 442 7052

Rating

  • Google Review: 4.4/5
  • Tripadvisor rating: 4.5/5
  • Booking.com: 8.9/10

Amenities:

  • Free WiFi 
  • Free Breakfast
  • Bicycle Rental
  • Shuttle bus service
  • Laundry Facilities

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Sir Cedrics Tahuna Pod Hostel

YHA Queenstown Central

YHA Queenstown Central is right at the centre of Queenstown where you can hang out 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 rooms, and even family rooms.

How much does YHA Queenstown Central cost? 

$52 - $85 USD (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room). Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

Check-in and Check-out

Check-in is from 02:30 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. 

Car Parking

There is a free parking nearby.

Address: 48 Shotover Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Nearby

  • Fear Factory Queenstown is a 1-minute walk
  • Creative Queenstown Arts & Crafts Market is 2 minutes walk
  • Lake Wakatipu is 3 minutes walk
  • Skyline Gondola is 6 minutes walk
  • Queenstown Gardens is 9 minutes walk

Contact: +64 3 442 7400

Rating

  • Google Review: 4.1/5
  • Tripadvisor Rating: 4/5
  • Booking.com: 8.4/10
  • Hostelworld rating: 9/10

Amenities:

  • Free WiFi 
  • Bicycle Rental
  • Car Hire
  • Laundry Facilities

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YHA Queenstown Central

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.

How much does Base Queenstown cost? 

$26 - $99 USD (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room). Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

Check-in and Check-out

Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. 

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

Nearby

  • 5 minutes walk from Lake Wakatipu
  • 7 minutes 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

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Base Queenstown

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.

How much does Hippo Lodge Backpackers cost? 

$25 - $97 USD (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room). Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

Check-in and Check-out

Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. 

Car Parking

Free parking is available to guests.

Address: 4 Anderson Heights, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Nearby:

  • Skyline Gondola and Luge is 0.5 km
  • Shotover River is 0.9 km
  • 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
  • Hostelworld rating: 8.7/10

Amenities:

  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry Facilities

Hippo Lodge Backpackers

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.

How much does Aspen Lodge Backpackers cost? 

$22 - $63 USD (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room). Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

Check-in and Check-out

Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. 

Car Parking

Free parking is available to guests.

Address: 11 Gorge Road, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Nearby

  • Queenstown Event Centre is 7km
  • Lake Wakatipu is 2 km
  • Shotover River is 23 km
  • AJ Hackett Bungy Jumping - Kawarau Bridge is 24 km
  • The Remarkables is 24 km

Contact: +64 3 442 9671

Rating

  • Google Review: 3.9/5
  • Tripadvisor rating: 4.5/5
  • Booking.com: 7.7/10

Amenities:

  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry Facilities

Aspen Lodge Backpackers

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.

How much does The Black Sheep Backpackers cost? 

$36 - $92 USD (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room). Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

Check-in and Check-out

Check-in is from 03:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. 

Car Parking

Free private parking nearby, free public parking nearby, and a parking garage are available to guests.

Address: 13 Frankton Road, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Nearby

  • Queenstown Ice Arena is 4 minutes walk
  • Church of St Peters is 4 minutes walk
  • Queenstown Mall is 5 minutes walk
  • Queenstown Gardens is 6 minutes walk
  • Skycity Queenstown Casino is 7 minutes walk

Contact: +64 3 442 7289

Rating

  • Google Review: 3.6/5
  • Tripadvisor rating: 3.6/5
  • Booking.com: 7.7/10
  • Hostelworld rating: 9.3/10

Amenities:

  • Free WiFi 
  • Hot Tub 
  • Laundry Facilities

The Black Sheep Backpackers

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.

How much does Adventure Q2 Hostel cost?

$23 - $76 USD (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room). Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

Check-in and Check-out

Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. 

Car Parking

No parking available.

Address: 5 Athol Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Nearby:  

  • Skycity Queenstown Casino is a 1-minute walk
  • Queenstown Mall is a 1-minute walk
  • Church of St Peters is 2 minutes walk
  • Creative Queenstown Arts & Crafts Market is 3 minutes walk
  • Fear Factory Queenstown is 3 minutes walk

Contact: +64 3 927 4625

Rating

  • Google Review: 4.9/5
  • Tripadvisor Rating: 5/5
  • Booking.com: 9.3/10
  • Hostelworld rating: 9.7/10

Amenities:

  • Free WiFi 
  • Laundry Facilities

Adventure Q2 Hostel

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.

How much does Adventure Queenstown Hostel cost?

$15 - $90 USD (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room). Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

Check-in and Check-out

Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. 

Car Parking

No parking available.

Address: 36 Camp Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Nearby:  

  • Skycity Queenstown Casino is 1 minutes walk
  • Queenstown Mall is a 1-minute walk
  • Church of St Peters is 2 minutes walk
  • Creative Queenstown Arts & Crafts Market is 3 minutes walk
  • Fear Factory Queenstown is 3 minutes walk

Contact: +64 3 409 0862

Rating

  • Google Review: 4.8/5
  • Tripadvisor Rating: 5/5
  • Booking.com: 9.1/10
  • Hostelworld rating: 9.8/10

Amenities:

  • Free WiFi
  • Fireplace 
  • Laundry Facilities 
  • Bicycle Rental

Adventure Queenstown Hostel

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.

How much does YHA Queenstown Lakefront cost?

$24 - $70 USD (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room). Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

Check-in and Check-out

Check-in is from 02:30 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. 

Car Parking

Free parking is available to guests.

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

Nearby

  • Steamer Wharf is 9 minutes walk
  • Creative Queenstown Arts & Crafts Market is 10 minutes walk
  • TSS Earnslaw Steamship is 10 minutes walk
  • Fear Factory Queenstown is 11 minutes walk
  • Queenstown Gardens is 18 minutes walk

Contact: +64 3 442 8413

Rating

  • Google Review: 4.5/5
  • Tripadvisor rating: 4/5
  • Booking.com: 8.9/10
  • Hostelworld rating: 9.9/10

Amenities:

  • Free WiFi 
  • Laundry Facilities 
  • Fireplace

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YHA Queenstown Lakefront

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 the single pod with 8-bed accommodations to a single room with a shared bathroom.

How much does JUCY Snooze Queenstown cost?

$36 - $120 USD (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room). Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

Check-in and Check-out

Check-in is from 02:30 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. 

Car Parking

This hostel offers 24-hour off-site parking. 

Address: 47 Camp Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Nearby

  • Queenstown Mall is 3 minutes walk
  • Skycity Queenstown Casino is 3 minutes walk
  • Lake Wakatipu is 5 minutes walk
  • Skyline Gondola is 6 minutes walk
  • Queenstown Gardens is 11 minutes walk 

Contact: +64 800 427 736

Rating:

  • Google Review: 4.2/5
  • Tripadvisor rating: 4/5
  • Booking.com: 8.6/10
  • Hostelworld rating: 9.5/10

Amenities:

  • Free WiFi 
  • Laundry Facilities

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Jucy Snooze Queenstown

By now, you should have found the perfect hostel for your next trip to Queenstown. 

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