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The Best Backpacker Hostels in Queenstown, New Zealand

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Updated: 8 November 2017
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.

Tahuna Pod Hostel

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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.

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Nomads Queenstown

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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.

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Black Sheep Backpackers

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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.

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Absoloot Value Accommodation

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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.

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Deco Backpackers

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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.

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The Flaming Kiwi Backpackers

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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.

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Pinewood Lodge

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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.

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