Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.
Things to do: This city is packed with beautiful things to do. Yet, be aware that is the most touristic spot in all New Zealand. Some preplanning is always a good idea. Enjoy the gondola ride to Bob’s Peak and do endless sports activities. One my favorite blogs to check Things to do in Queenstown is Bailey from MyQueenstownDiary.
The dorms are seriously swanky and meet a high comfort level.
Best Party Hostels in Queenstown
Update: Our below recommedation has sadly closed its doors. Keep scrolling to discover Nomads Queenstown instead.
If you’re looking for little sleep and an awesome party, Base Queenstown is the hostel for you!
The on-site bar Loco Cantina offers backpackers $6 drinks every night alongside affordable meals. All that’s left to do is play games, dance and enjoy cool live DJs.
Note: the bar is noisy and can be heard from some of the rooms, so stay here if you’re really keen to join in the fun and not worry to much about getting a solid 8 hours sleep.
Base Queenstown just so happens to be located on the most popular street in town.
More Hostels worth a Mention
Backpackers in Queenstown NZ, are you ready for more?
We were pretty impressed with the collection of hostels in such a small town. Queensland knows the hostel scene for Hostelgeeks readers, for sure!
Well, we want to show you more. We couldn’t resist including a couple more options in case our top 3 weren’t what you’re looking for. We are telling you that Queenstown New Zealand hostels won’t fail you.
The Flaming Kiwi Backpackers Queenstown
YHA Queenstown Central
Absoloot Hostel Queenstown
Hippo Lodge Backpackers
Black Sheep Backpackers
JUCY Snooze Queenstown
Southern Laughter Backpackers
Nomads Queenstown Hostel
Adventure Q2 Hostel
The Flaming Kiwi Backpackers
Sometimes it’s nice to feel at home when you’re travelling somewhere new, and at the Flaming Kiwi you’ll feel just that.
It’s a friendly, cosy hostel just 5-minutes from the town centre and 3-minutes from the supermarket.
There are bikes for use (free of charge) which is a perfect way to explore Lake Wakatipu. Either that or try your hand at frisbee golf!
After a big day exploring, make use of the three fully-equipped kitchens, unlimited wifi and selection of games.
We think this is a top choice for anyone looking to escape the party scene and enjoy a small, quiet time.
Are you a light sleeper and need a quiet place to stay? Absoloot Hostel Queenstown makes a lot of effort just to make sure that you sleep well.
All of their windows are double-glazed, all doors are solid-core and they provide free ear-plugs if you need them. Indeed, a quiet hostel Queenstown has to offer.
This hostel is designed by travelers for travelers. The place is refreshing and the view is astonishing. The staff can help you with the tours and adventures that you want to try.
Perks at Absoloot value accommodation:
24 Hour Security
Location: Located on the lakefront in the centre of Queenstown. Transport to the ski resorts and adventure activities are just a 2-minute walk from the hostel. The Gondola is a 5-minute walk from Absoloot Hostel Queenstown. It is a 2-minute walk to Base Backpackers Queenstown.
If you want a good night’s rest, and peace and tranquility rather than the manic noise of youth in Queenstown- come here! Hippo Lodge Backpackers is on the side of a hill so it is a bit steep.
They offer mix of shared and private accommodation and all the rooms has a mountain, lake or garden view. Interesting, isn’t it?
Fabulous, friendly hostel with comfy beds and spacious room. It is a home away from home.
Perks at Hippo Lodge Backpackers:
Location: Located in Queenstown on the side of a hill, just 500 m from Skyline Gondola and Luge. The popular bars and restaurants of Queenstown are within a 10-minute walk. Coronet Peak is a 20-minute drive away and The Remarkables ski area is a 40-minute drive.
Shotover River is 900 m from Hippo Lodge Backpackers, while AJ Hackett Bungy Jumping – Kawarau Bridge is 6 km away. The nearest airport is Queenstown Airport, 6 km from Hippo Lodge Backpackers.
Is it just me who sings Baa baa baa Black Sheep as I read Black Sheep Backpackers?
Anyway, Black Sheep Backpackers is another backpackers hostel and they are proud for having hot tub and ski storage space.
The place is clean and the atmosphere is very relaxing. Rooms all had large windows to allow for good airflow and views of the mountains. They have different outdoor patio areas to chill.
Perks at Black Sheep Backpackers:
Location: Situated in Queenstown, 700 m from Skyline Gondola and Luge. Shotover River is 1.6 km from The Black Sheep Backpackers, while AJ Hackett Bungy Jumping – Kawarau Bridge is 6 km away. Queenstown Airport is 6 km from the property. It is 700 m from Base Queenstown Hostel.
The bathrooms are always getting cleaned and the pods have everything you could need! Really comfortable and spacious pods with lots of privacy.
The rooftop bar is a plus. You can also store your bags for a small extra fee if you need it.
Perks at JUCY Snooze Queenstown:
Facilities for disabled guests
Location: Jucy Snooze Queenstown is located in the heart of Queenstown. Shotover River is 1.1 km from Jucy Snooze Queenstown, while AJ Hackett Bungy Jumping – Kawarau Bridge is 6 km from the property. The nearest airport is Queenstown Airport, 6 km from the property. It is 2 hour drive to South Island.
If you want to cook and prepare your own meal, their kitchen is surprisingly clean all the time. It is spacious and fully-equipped.
Staff are very accommodating and helpful.
Perks at Southern Laughter Backpackers:
Location: Located centrally in Queenstown, 500 m from the city centre. Sir Cedrics Southern Laughter Backpackers is 650 m from the lake front and a 13-minute drive from Queenstown International Airport. It is a 25-minute drive from Coronet Peak and a 37-minute drive from The Remarkables Ski Area.
The rooms are very comfortable and had everything you need. The beds are comfy and perfect for tiring adventures in Queenstown.
Perks at Adventure Hostel Queenstown:
Location: Set in Queenstown and with Skyline Gondola and Luge reachable within 700 metres. The hostel is close to several noted attractions, around 300 m from Queenstown Chamber Of Commerce, 300 m from Queenstown Resort College and 400 m from Queenstown Lakes District Library.
Not all Queenstown NZ hostels are necessarily safe, especially the one that offers the cheapest price in sketchy areas. It might be an illegal hostel, without proper license to run and safety measures.
So in all fairness, it is best to check out Hostelgeeks.com because we feature safe hostels in Queenstown ans we are expert in the hostel world.
You can find backpacker hostel with top ratings because we checked plenty of Queenstown accommodation reviews! Keep a close eye on the overall ratings on booking platforms!
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