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10 Best Backpacker Hostels in Queenstown


Where does one stay in the “Adventure capital of the World”?

Most backpackers travelling New Zealand will find themselves eating a Fergburger or signing up to a bungy jump in Queenstown at some point. Save money for the fun stuff by staying in backpacker hostels in Queenstown. Whether it’s a sociable hostel you are looking for or somewhere cheap to base yourself while job-hunting, you’ll find a good variety of hostels in Queenstown.

If you are staying in Queenstown, you must be looking for fun things to do, right? Let us give you some inspiration:

So, here are the backpacker hostels we love the most in Queenstown.

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1. Adventure Queenstown Hostel

You’re made to feel right at home in Adventure Queenstown Hostel with personalised welcome messages left for every bed in every dorm. As well as being seriously well-maintained, the hostel also offers free WiFi. In fact, once you have paid for your night you don’t have to worry too much about extra costs. Don’t forget to check out their sister hostel too, Adventure Q2.

Check Adventure Queenstown Hostel out!

2. Nomads

A central location means it’s easy to stagger home after experiencing Queenstown’s famous nightlife. This purpose-built hostel is spacious with modern facilities. Don’t miss the free breakfast every morning! Plus, staying at Nomads gets you a free entree meal at their partner bar and restaurant every single night!

Check Nomads Queenstown out!


3. Tahuna Pod

No more squeaky bunk beds! We love the pod concept of the Tahuna Pod dorms. Get your own isolated bed and shut the curtains when you want to get a proper night’s rest. The new facilities and the super friendly staff are just the icing on top of the cake.

Check out Tahuna Pod here!

4. The Black Sheep Queenstown Backpackers

It’s not as far as it seems! The Black Sheep Backpackers have a great facility along Frankton Road. The thing that makes this hostel stand out in Queenstown is its social atmosphere. Heaps of free inclusions, including WiFi, make Black Sheep a worthy hostel to rest your head too.

Check out the Black Sheep Backpackers here!

5. Absoloot Value Accommodation

You can’t do any more central than Absoloot! If convenience is your king, then this is the hostel for you. Otherwise, Absoloot has great views over Lake Wakatipu from the kitchen.

Check out Absoloot Value Accommodation here!

6. Flaming Kiwi Backpackers

Flaming Kiwi is a sociable hostel that is a 5-minute walk from town. Even the 8-bed dorms are spacious and facilities are kept generally clean.

Check Flaming Kiwi out!


7. Hippo Lodge

Despite having to climb a hill to get to Hippo Lodge, this BBH hostel has a chilled yet sociable atmosphere. Plus, the views over the town make the hill worth the climb!

Check Hippo Lodge out!

8. Southern Laughter

Southern Laughter is all about the free stuff: free soup, free weekly bar crawl and BBQ, free WiFi, free spa pool, and more!

Check out Southern Laughter here!

9. Pinewood Lodge

Pinewood is divided into separate units with their own kitchen and bathrooms, so there is less of a battle for refrigerator space. They offer cheap weekly rates if you plan to stick around.

Check Pinewood Lodge out!


10. YHA Lakefront

A 10-minute walk from the town centre makes YHA Lakeside a quieter hostel option. The hostel is also popular for its facilities from the spacious kitchens to the secure bunk beds.

Check YHA Lakefront out!


(Bonus) 11. Base Queenstown

If you want to be based on the most buzzing street in Queenstown, then Base is your option! This huge backpacker hostel on Shotover Street has all the essentials and is not too far from activity provider pick-up points, burger joints, bars and clubs. Easy!

Check out Base here!

Now that you have found your hostels in Queenstown …

… Plan your yourself an epic stay! Check out these articles about backpacking in Queenstown:

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