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Featured Hostels in Queenstown

Nomads Queenstown Backpackers
4 out of 5
5-11 Church Street, Queenstown
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The price is $31 per night

Located in the heart of Queenstown, this hostel is within a 5-minute walk of Church of St Peters and Lake Wakatipu. Queenstown Gardens and Skyline Gondola are ...

4/5Very Good! (557 reviews)

"Brilliant location and very helpful staff! Luckily had a room away from the bars but only because I had to wait for nearly 2 hours to check in due to my original room not being cleaned on time."…"

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2020

Nomads Queenstown Backpackers
Absoloot Hostel Queenstown
2.5 out of 5
50 BEACH STREET, Queenstown
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Located in the heart of Queenstown, this hostel is steps from Creative Queenstown Arts & Crafts Market and Lake Wakatipu. Queenstown Gardens and Skyline Gondola ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (47 reviews)

"Great location, clean rooms and good for kids with a fab kitchen. Free parking not far away."…"

Reviewed on May 31, 2020

Absoloot Hostel Queenstown
YHA Queenstown Lakefront - Hostel
5 out of 5
88-90 Lake Esplanade, Queenstown
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $39 per night

Situated near the beach, this eco-friendly hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Steamer Wharf, Lake Wakatipu, and Skyline Gondola. Queenstown Gardens is 0.9 mi (1.5 ...

4.1/5Very Good! (89 reviews)

"I was very happy with my stay here - lovely hostel at a lovely location on the lake. Would recommend!"…"

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2020

YHA Queenstown Lakefront - Hostel
JUCY Snooze Queenstown
3 out of 5
47 Camp Street, Queenstown
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $39 per night

Located in the heart of Queenstown, this hostel is within a 5-minute walk of Queenstown Mall and Lake Wakatipu. Skyline Gondola and Queenstown Gardens are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (368 reviews)

"Inexpensive, very centrally located. Staff was super helpful and friendly. Staff was available 24 hours. There was a communal kitchen, laundry and a restaurant. I booked and in-suite room. Quiet after 10pm"…"

Reviewed on Mar 25, 2020

JUCY Snooze Queenstown
Pinewood Lodge
2 out of 5
48 Hamilton Road, Queenstown
The price is $60 per night

Situated in the mountains, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of CaddyShack City Mini Golf, Skyline Gondola, and Lake Wakatipu. Queenstown Gardens is 1 mi ...

3.7/5Good! (287 reviews)

"We booked a double room with a single bed. The room was very dark as the window faced a brickwall which was about 50 cm from the window. We upgraded to a wonderful sunny and spacious cabin with terrace"…"

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2020

Pinewood Lodge
Kinloch Lodge
4 out of 5
862 Kinloch Road, Kinloch
The price is $84 per night

Situated on the waterfront, this eco-friendly hostel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Lake Wakatipu and 10.7 mi (17.2 km) from Routeburn Shelter. Glenorchy Golf Club ...

4/5Very Good! (70 reviews)
Excellent location for Great Walks

"Great location and fantastic way to start our trek up the Caples and Routeburn tracks. We loved that the hotel was close to the start and conclusion of both tracks. In addition, we were away from the noise of Queenstown. Well worth it."…"

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2020

Kinloch Lodge
The Flaming Kiwi Backpackers
2 out of 5
39 Robins Rd, Queenstown
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Situated near the beach, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of CaddyShack City Mini Golf, Skyline Gondola, and Lake Wakatipu. Queenstown Gardens is 0.8 mi ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (38 reviews)
Good for one night stay

"Room was good. Second floor with private outside balcony.Close to downtown Queenstown. Staff friendly and helpful"…"

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2020

The Flaming Kiwi Backpackers
Base Queenstown - Hostel
2 out of 5
47-49 Shotover Street, Queenstown
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The price is $28 per night

Located in the heart of Queenstown, this hostel is within a 5-minute walk of Fear Factory Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu. Skyline Gondola and Queenstown Gardens ...

3.4/5 (363 reviews)

"Good location, easy to access, good sized room. Comfy bed! No remote for TV!!"…"

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2020

Base Queenstown - Hostel
Haka Lodge Queenstown - Hostel
3.5 out of 5
6 Henry Street, Queenstown
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $33 per night

Located in the heart of Queenstown, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Queenstown Arts Centre and Lake Wakatipu. Skyline Gondola and Queenstown Gardens ...

4.3/5Excellent! (216 reviews)

"Good value for basic accommodations. Kitchen was well equipped and stocked with cooking essentials (plates, cups, flatware, etc). Walking distance to town core."…"

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2020

Haka Lodge Queenstown - Hostel
YHA Queenstown Central - Hostel
3 out of 5
48 Shotover Street, Queenstown
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $50 per night

Located in the heart of Queenstown, this eco-friendly hostel is within a 5-minute walk of Fear Factory Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu. Skyline Gondola and Queenstown ...

4.2/5Excellent! (241 reviews)

"very good, quiet, fast, friendly services, clean, traffic ok,"…"

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2020

YHA Queenstown Central - Hostel
Bumbles Backpackers
2 out of 5
Cnr Lake Esplanade & Brunswick Street, Queenstown, Otago
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $31 per night

Situated on a lake, this hostel is within a 5-minute walk of Steamer Wharf and Lake Wakatipu. Skyline Gondola and Queenstown Gardens are also within 15 ...

3.7/5Good! (36 reviews)
Great place

"I loved my stay at Bumbles. I ended up extending another 5 days after my initial reservation of 2 nights. The staff were so helpful and knowledgeable. The location was beautiful and minutes from downtown, we loved walking across the street and lounging at the lakefront in the afternoons. Great for ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2020

Bumbles Backpackers
The Black Sheep Backpackers
2 out of 5
13 Frankton Road, Queenstown
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Situated in the mountains, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown Gardens. Skyline Gondola is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) away.

4.5/5Wonderful! (8 reviews)
Amazing stay

"This is a great place to stay while visiting Queenstown, this was my first solo trip and obviously I’ve heard some weird stuff about hostels, I was hoping to stay at some weird crazy place but it was actually more than what I expected! Cool installations, nice and respectful people while I stayed ..."…"

Reviewed on May 8, 2019

The Black Sheep Backpackers
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Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa
Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
Kawarau Village, 79 Peninsula Road, Queenstown
The price is $111 per night
4.4/5Wonderful! (982 reviews)

"We stayed for 7 days 6 nights at this resort. We loved it, very clean, we had maid service every day and they were wonderful, the pool/jacuzzi/sauna was amazing. Staff was always greeting us anytime passing one, and it was overall a beautiful stay! Would definitely reccomend."…"

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2020

Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
4 out of 5
Corner of Earl and Marine Parade, Queenstown
The price is $117 per night
4.3/5Excellent! (990 reviews)

". We have stayed there before and thoroughly enjoyed our stay.However We mainly dined in the town where honestly the food choices were superior to that at the Novotel and considerably cheaper in most cases. I think they need to lift there game in that regard.The buffet breakfast was fair to average. ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 25, 2020

Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
Oaks Queenstown Shores Resort
Oaks Queenstown Shores Resort
4.5 out of 5
327-343 Frankton Road, Queenstown
The price is $106 per night
4.1/5Very Good! (1,174 reviews)

"We had a great stay. Beautiful views from the room and very nice furnishings."…"

Reviewed on Jun 2, 2020

Oaks Queenstown Shores Resort
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What Is a Hostel?

If you're hoping to find somewhere affordable to stay in Queenstown, one of its 13 hostels might be a great option. No two hostels look identical, but these dorm-style accommodations all have the following:

  • Shared rooms (though many hostels offer private room options too)
  • Budget-friendly prices
  • A social setting

Hostels are a great way to stay in Queenstown for a lower cost, so you can save more for exploring. You'll find local tours and other activities to enjoy, and the lake views create an appealing natural setting.

Hostels in Queenstown

Ready to book a hostel in town? These options get the highest reviews from our travelers and could be a good place to look first:

JUCY Snooze Queenstown - You can take advantage of free WiFi and a restaurant, as well as a bar.

Nomads Queenstown Backpackers - Property features include a sauna, a 24-hour front desk, and tour/ticket assistance. You'll find hair dryers in all rooms.

Pinewood Lodge - Guests can enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and tour/ticket assistance.

Tahuna Pod Hostel - Property features include free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. You'll find showers and coffee/tea makers in all rooms.

Base Queenstown - Hostel - Property features include free WiFi, a nightclub, and a bar. Rooms come with showers.

When Is the Best Time to Visit Queenstown?

Good weather's definitely a plus when you're discovering new places, so here are some stats about the seasons:

  • The hottest months are typically January and December, while July and August are the coldest months
  • January-March: Daytime temperatures average 70° F and nighttime temperatures average 47° F
  • April-June: 64° F is the daytime average and 35° F is the nighttime average
  • July-September: Daytime averages are around 60° F and nighttime averages are around 35° F
  • October-December: The average temperatures are 70° F during the day and 42° F at night
  • Average rainfall is 1.42 inches in a year

What Can I Do in Queenstown?

Depending on how you want to spend your time, you might appreciate these places to visit:

Natural Features
  • Queenstown Gardens
  • Queenstown Hill
  • Bob's Peak
Cultural Attractions
  • Toi o Tahuna
  • Queenstown Arts Centre
  • Skyline Queenstown Complex
Additional Attractions
  • Coronet Peak Ski Area
  • Fear Factory Queenstown
  • Creative Queenstown Arts & Crafts Market

In general, Queenstown is known for its:

  • Tours
  • Skiing
  • Mountain views
  • Wineries

How to Get to Queenstown and Around the Area

You can fly into the nearest airport in Queenstown (ZQN-Queenstown Intl.), 4 mi (6.4 km) from the city center. An alternative is Wanaka (WKA), which is 35.7 mi (57.5 km) away.

Frequently asked questions

Should I stay in a hostel in Queenstown?
If you’re in the market for an affordable place to stay in Queenstown, one of its 15 hostels might be a great option. Hostels are a great way to stay for a good value, so you can save your money for exploring. You can enjoy activities in this destination like skiing and hiking.
What is a hostel?
No two hostels look the same, but these dormitory-style accommodations all offer shared rooms (though many hostels offer private room options too), low prices, and a social environment.
What are the best hostels in Queenstown?
Ready to book a hostel in town? These options have the highest reviews from our travelers and could be a good place to look first: Nomads Queenstown Backpackers - Located within a 5-minute walk of Lake Wakatipu. Guests can enjoy free breakfast, a sauna, and a shared/communal kitchen. Rooms come with hair dryers and linens. Absoloot Hostel Queenstown - Located within a 5-minute walk of Lake Wakatipu. Property features include free WiFi, a shared/communal kitchen, and an arcade/game room. Rooms come with towels, free toiletries, and lockers. JUCY Snooze Queenstown - Located within a 5-minute walk of Lake Wakatipu. Property features include free WiFi, a restaurant, and a bar. Rooms come with linens. Kinloch Lodge - Located within a 5-minute walk of Lake Wakatipu. You can take advantage of free parking and a restaurant, as well as a bar. Rooms come with free toiletries and hair dryers. Pinewood Lodge - Located within a 20-minute walk of Skyline Gondola and Lake Wakatipu. You can take advantage of free WiFi and free parking, as well as tour/ticket assistance. Rooms come with linens.
What's the weather like in Queenstown?
Good weather’s always better when you’re discovering new places, so here’s a little information about the local climate: The hottest months are usually January and February with an average temp of 60°F, while the coldest months are July and June with an average of 45°F. Average annual rainfall for Queenstown is 39 inches.
What is there to see and do in Queenstown?
In general, Queenstown is known for its local tours, skiing, and mountain views. Major attractions include Skyline Gondola, Queenstown Gardens, and Shotover Jet. Get out into nature with places like Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown Hill, and Bob’s Peak. Cultural attractions include Lakes District Museum, Toi o Tahuna, and Queenstown Arts Centre.
What's the best way to get around Queenstown?
You can fly into the nearest airport, which is Queenstown (ZQN-Queenstown Intl.), 4 mi (6.4 km) away. Another option is Wanaka (WKA), located 35.7 mi (57.5 km) away.

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