Queenstown is quite a hit among New Zealand-bound travellers. Given it’s a destination that attracts the younger, more adventurous backpacker crowds, it’s no wonder that the town has its fair share of budget-friendly hostels. If you’re looking for a place to stay, make sure to check out these great options.
The Tahuna Pod Hostel touts itself as the first of its kind in New Zealand. This modern, slightly more refined option in the heart of Queenstown is designed in a way that embraces Maori art traditions while adding a modernised touch to your every day bunk-bed arrangement. Aside from its signature bedroom pods, the backpacker hostel also consists of a large BBQ area with stunning views. Free homemade soup is also available in the mornings.
Nomads Queenstown is a lively, modern hostel that’s central to some of Queenstown’s most popular activities, bars and restaurants. Key facilities include ski storage, a fully equipped communal kitchen, cinema, a lounge with fireplace and pool table and a sauna for those nippy winter days. Accommodation options are quite diverse, ranging from small and large dorms to private ensuite rooms.
If you need to escape the downtown rush, The Black Sheep Backpackers on Frankton Road is a good option. It’s not too far away from the action, but not isolated either: there’s a bus stop just three minutes from the hostel, the Skycity Casino is just a six-minute walking distance and the Ben Lomond mountain is only 5 kilometres (3.12 miles) away. This backpackers is also renowned for its impressive selection of freebies, including bike hires, on-street parking, Wi-Fi and computer facilities.
An incredibly convenient location right next to Lake Wakatipu is one of Absoloot Queenstown’s biggest draws. The hostel, which has been operating since 2010, was refurbished in 2015 to include a shared kitchen with stunning lakeside views, plus dorm bathrooms with multiple facilities and an upgraded lounge that’s open 24/7 for the social night owls among us.
Deco Backpackers is a quiet hostel just a short walk from downtown. If you’re coming to New Zealand in winter, there’s a special room for drying your skis after a day hitting the snow. Spacious rooms and a picturesque garden with lovely lake vistas are some of its other standout features.
A no-frills hostel within 10 minutes’ walking distance from the adrenaline-inducing Shotover River, The Flaming Kiwi consists of shared dorms as well as cabins with single, double and twin rooms. Weekly rates are available for those looking for longer-term accommodation. Other notable features include free bike hire, unlimited internet and international phone calls to 21 different countries.
Pinewood Lodge enjoys a private alpine forest setting that’s conveniently close to town. Keen cyclists will also relish this hostel’s proximity to Queenstown Bike Park (just a two-minute ride away) and the fact that the venue works directly with local companies to encourage people to explore Queenstown’s epic trails. To ensure all guests are having a peaceful stay, rooms are spread across more than 30 different units equipped with their own kitchens and bathrooms.