The Best Hostels in Queenstown, New Zealand - the complete guide and overview for backpackersLet’s travel to the adventure capital of the world and discover the absolute best hostels in Queenstown New Zealand. If you’re not already buzzing with adrenaline, you’re about to be.

Here’s a shortcut for you:

  1. Sir Cedrics Tahuna Pod Hostel – great for socialable couples
  2. Haka Lodge – one for solo travellers
  3. Adventure Queenstown Hostel – top pick for backpacker

Nature lovers and adventure junkies will be at home in this stunningly located New Zealand town.

As for the hostels? Well the ratings for all of the hostels mentioned in this article are crazy high, and for good reason!

Expect great locations, double bed dorms and big social spaces.

This guide is perfect for YOU, when …

  • tired of bad and crappy hostels
  • want to avoid the “young party kids”
  • happy to spend 1-2€ for a better experience

We got you covered in this article!

If you have more time we highly suggest checking out our big guide to the best hostels in New Zealand.

Quick Introduction to Queenstown, NZ

Average price for a bed: Hostels in Queenstown cost 13€ – 18€ per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from 44€ up to 82€ per night. This is a rough average just to give you an idea.

Prices always depend on season and holidays. Please always check exact rates on Hostelworld.com or Booking.com.

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.

New to Hostels? Read our full hostel starter guide here. We especially recommend to read:

The 3 Best Hostels in Queenstown

Let’s jump right into the boutique hostels in Queenstown.

Quick overview:

  1. Sir Cedrics Tahuna Pod Hostel
  2. Haka Lodge Queenstown
  3. Adventure Queenstown Hostel

We put all three accommodation on the map, you will find the map at the end of the article.

1. Sir Cedrics Tahuna Pod Hostel

Come on then, we’re dying to introduce you to the gorgeous Sir Cedrics Tahuna Pod Hostel.

It’s without doubt the best hostel in Queenstown!

Why?

Well for one thing it is the very first pod-style hostel in New Zealand and they have gone as far as introducing double beds in their shared dorms. Pretty cool, right?

The rooms (dorms and privates) are just plain gorgeous in design and comfort. Dorm beds have been built with sustainable materials and have that all important privacy curtain.

But of course there is more to Tahuna.

Enjoy great views over Queenstown from the BBQ/balcony area on a good day, and relax in the TV lounge when it’s bleaker.

What else…

  • Large kitchen + dining area
  • Free breakfast
  • Free car parking
  • Free entry to the iconic Queenstown Ice Bar

Another little inclusion we think is wonderful is the offer of free homemade soup every evening.

Sir Cedrics is located in the heart of Queenstown, yet far enough away from the hustle and bustle so you can enjoy a great nights sleep.

This is one of the best hostels in Queenstown for

  • Sociable couples
  • Female solo travellers
Book Sir Cedrics Tahuna Pod Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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2. Haka Lodge

Our second recommendation is perfect for budget backpackers that like more of an upmarket hostel.

At Haka Lodge you’ll enjoy hotel-style private rooms and dorms with custom built bunks and privacy curtains included.

It’s easy to feel at home here when the place only holds a maximum of 50 travellers. It’s definitely a must if you’re looking to chill and meet other like-minded people.

There’s not one but two kitchens here and you can help yourself to herbs, spices and tea & coffee. Win!

Staff here care for the environment and recycle everything possible and use food waste to create compost for the garden.

Forget bottled water – the tap water here is delicious!

Throughout the 3-levelled building is unlimited free wifi so make the most of it.

You needn’t walk far – one block in fact! – before you’re in the centre of town.

That being said, Haka Lodge is situated in a nice quiet and safe area.

Honestly? The vibe here is so much more like a home-share than a hostel so expect to settle in enough that you might need to extend your stay.

Top choice for:

  • Solo travellers
  • Couples
Book Haka Lodge here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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3. Adventure Queenstown Hostel

Here we have a superb option for travellers that enjoy in-house activities in a small setting – it’s the perfect recipe for making new friends.

Adventure Queenstown Hostel holds 49 wanderers at one time and they offer activities 5 nights a week including movie nights, trivia evenings and AQ scavenger hunts.

There’s a bunch of free stuff inc. tea/coffee and unlimited internet. Other perks include:

  • Spacious lounge room w/ fireplace
  • Awesome balcony spaces
  • High-speed, unlimited Wi-Fi
  • Secure bike, ski + snowboard storage

The dorm rooms range from 4-6 bed mixed, and there is also a 5-bed female dorm. The bunks are sturdy and have a curtain and under-bed storage.

We love the large sociable dining area, the perfect place to share a meal rustled up in the shared kitchen.

The owner and staff are well travelled and super friendly. Just ask if you have an queries or need help planning your next adventure!

This so happens to be the most central accommodation in Queenstown.

But don’t fret, it’s still a relaxed area so you won’t lose out on sleep. And reaching all the cool places is super easy from here.

This is one of the best hostels in Queenstown for

  • Backpackers
  • Friends
Book Adventure Queenstown Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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What about cheapest hostels in Queenstown?

If you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Queenstown.

  1. Open Hostelworld with full list of budget places to stay in Queenstown
  2. Order the listing by price

Simple as that. Make sure you use then the other filters and rank per price.

Also keep a close eye on the ratings, especially the “extreme ratings”. Meaning, the best and worst.

These ratings can give great insight on what to expect.

Here’s our guide on how to book hostels with Hostelworld.

Best Hostels in Queenstown for Solo Travellers?

What is the serious, best hostel in Queenstown for solo-travellers?

Without doubt we have to say Haka Lodge is the best option for solo travellers that desire a laid-back, intimate setting.

It’s the perfect home-from-home accommodation very close to town so making traveller and local friends comes easily.

Alternatively, if you’re a female solo traveller, book your stay at our #1 hostel Sir Cedrics Tahuna Pod Hostel.

The dorms are seriously swanky and meet a high comfort level.

Party Hostels in Queenstown

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.

Book Base Queenstown here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Base Backpackers is one of the best party hostels in Queenstown, New Zealand

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
  • 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.

The Flaming Kiwi Backpackers here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

The Flaming Kiwi Backpackers is one of the best hostels in Queenstown

YHA Queenstown Central

Spacious, modern dorms and a view over the gorgeous Lake Wakatipu. Need we say more?

Oh, go on then.

YHA Queenstown Central is typical of YHA’s across the globe with their consistently high cleanliness, great staff and central location.

Whilst they lack personality somewhat, you always know to expect an upmarket hostel at a reasonable price.

The staff here can’t wait to introduce you to all the adventures around such as sky diving, bunny jumping and local wine tours. Have a chat and consider the options.

Rooms come in dorm and private size, all with ready-made beds and ample space.

Location is great and it is 11 minute walk to YHA Queenstown Lakefront Backpackers.

Book YHA Queenstown Central here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

YHA Queenstown Central is one of the best hostels in Queenstown

Absoloot Hostel Queenstown

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 Hostel Queenstown:

  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Free WiFi
  • Beachfront
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage

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 Backpacker Hostel Queenstown.

Book Absoloot Hostel Queenstown here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Absolute Hostel is one of the best hostels in Queenstown, New Zealand

 

Hippo Lodge Backpackers

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:

  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Family rooms
  • Luggage Storage
  • Book Exchange
  • Security Lockers
  • Outdoor Terrace

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.

Book Hippo Lodge Backpackers here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Hippo Lodge Backpackers

Black Sheep 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:

  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Free WiFi
  • Family rooms
  • Laundry
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Shuttle Bus
  • Luggage Storage
  • Tour desk

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.

Book Black Sheep Backpackers here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

The Black Sheep Backpackers

JUCY Snooze Queenstown

JUCY Snooze Queenstown  is a 5 star hostel so it feels like a hotel.

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:

  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Free WiFi
  • Family rooms
  • Restaurant
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Bar

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.

Book JUCY Snooze Queenstown here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

 JUCY Snooze Queenstown

Southern Laughter Backpackers

Southern Laughter Backpackers is located in a quiet part of town. The rooms are spacious and comfortable.

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:

  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry
  • Luggage Storage
  • Tours/Travel Desk

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.

Book Southern Laughter Backpackers here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Southern Laughter Backpackers

Nomads Queenstown Hostel

Are you up for a fun and friendly vibe? Well, you should stay here!

Nomads Queenstown Hostel is a 5 star hostel and a great value for money. Modern and fresh are the right words to describe it.

It is designed for budget travellers so this is really a nice place to stay. The price of the rooms are very reasonable considering the location.

The atmosphere is amazing! The common areas look really good and they are perfect for meeting new people. Oh, don’t forget to try their sauna when staying here.

Perks at Nomads Queenstown Hostel:

  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Free WiFi
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Laundry
  • Luggage Storage
  • Tours/Travel Desk

Location: Nomad’s Queenstown Backpackers is ideally located in the heart of Queenstown.

Book Nomads Queenstown Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Nomads Queenstown Backpackers

Adventure Q2 Hostel

The last hostel Queenstown NZ on our list. Adventure Q2 Hostel has plenty of activities lined up for you. They have wine tasting, rock climbing, bungee jumping and more.

If you want to just stay in the hostel, you can watch movies or just hangout on the terrace. You will definitely meet new friends with all the activities they have for you.

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:

  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Luggage Storage
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Security Lockers

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.

Book Adventure Q2 Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

 Adventure Q2 Hostel

How to book?

We recommend using Booking.com or Hostelworld for your reservations.

Hostelworld is super safe and the biggest booking platform for hostels.

On both platforms your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.

We included the handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.

Here is the overview:

  1. Sir Cedrics Tahuna Pod Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
  2. Haka Lodge: Booking.com | Hostelworld
  3. Adventure Queenstown Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld

We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible!

All of Queenstown best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish hostels, secure your room or bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.

Any Discounts?

Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Queenstown. I know, it’s a pity. You can subscribe to our newsletter to receive our newest hostel discounts always to your inbox.

You can find all our hostel discounts worldwide here.

All 3 Hostels put on a map + sights

Let us have a look on the map. Below we list all three best Queenstown hostels on a map.

We also included the main tourist attractions you’ve to know in this list:

Whilst you’re in the adventure capital of the world, why not try sky diving near The Remarkables?

FAQ

Alright, you should have found your accommodation already. Below we list all the frequently asked questions. Have a look.

What are the best hostels in Queenstown for solo travellers?

Haka Lodge is the best option for solo travellers that desire a laid-back, intimate setting. Sir Cedrics Tahuna Pod Hostel is good for female solo traveller.

Are hostels in Queenstown safe?

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!

If you are not secure, you can also send us an email and ask us!

What are the best hostels in Queenstown?

You can find the best hostels in Queenstown NZ in this article!

  1. Sir Cedrics Tahuna Pod Hostel – great for socialable couples
  2. Haka Lodge – one for solo travellers
  3. Adventure Queenstown Hostel – top pick for backpackers

What is Queenstown best known for?

Queenstown is best known for the following:

How much are hostels in Queenstown?

According to Hostelworld.com, a hostel in Queenstown costs $20 per night.

Prices may vary depending on season.

What are the best sites for finding hostels?

Of course, the best site to find hostels is Hostelgeeks.com

We are doing our best to deliver the best hostels to you. Check out the best hostels in the world guides; from Paris to Tokyo.

You can also have a look at Hostelworld.

Flights to Queenstown?

We enjoy Omio.com and Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over New Zealand, including Queenstown, Christchurch and Auckland.

This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over Oceania and find the cheapest rates for the area.

Here is our review of Kiwi.

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More guides

Alright, this is your answer to where to stay in Queenstown.

We did the leg work for you and bring you more hostel guides to destinations:

You can find all our new and updates articles for Best Hostels in here.

We also created a huge guide to hostels. Here we cover how to build lifetime friendships in hostels, the perfect packing list and more.

Over to you

Was this useful? Do you have any questions, doubts?

Then please please leave us a comment. This list of awesome Queenstown hostels should be as informative and useful as possible.

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Last note: Our commitment

This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter and find the best place on a budget! We ONLY recommend places we know you will enjoy, no matter what.

We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!

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