10 Best Budget Accommodation in Queenstown

© Melbourne Lodge Bed & Breakfast

Where to Find Budget Accommodation in Queenstown

With so many awesome adventure activities to be had in Queenstown, no wonder you want to save some cents on the accommodation in Queenstown. With that in mind, here are some of the best budget accommodation in Queenstown with private rooms.

Compared to other towns in New Zealand, private room accommodation in Queenstown is not as cheap. Nevertheless, we have found some Queenstown budget accommodation between the NZ$70 to NZ$170 price range to suit every type of budget traveller seeking a private room. This list gives you the best of motels, holiday parks, hotels, homestays and lodges in Queenstown. However, if you are looking for something even cheaper, then head on over to our 10 Best Backpacker Hostels in Queenstown page.

For more ways to save money in Queenstown, get inspired by our 15 Free or Cheap Things to do in Queenstown.

1. Lakeside Motel

One of the more affordable and centrally-located budget accommodations in Queenstown is the Lakeside Motel. What’s more, they offer rooms with a private kitchen that are fully self-contained with kitchen and bathroom so you will have everything you need. Keep the costs down in Queenstown by making your own meals in your private kitchen. Get some quick inspiration from our Food category.

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© Lakeside Motel

2. Melbourne Lodge Bed & Breakfast

Fantastic location, spectacular views and all for an affordable price, Melbourne Lodge offers private rooms that are especially good value for solo travellers or couples. Breakfast is included in your stay just five-minutes walk from the town centre. There’s free WiFi and free off-street parking available plus shared bathroom, kitchen, lounge and sundeck facilities.

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3. Queenstown TOP 10 Holiday Park

Situated in the suburb of Arthurs Point, Queenstown TOP 10 Holiday Park might be a little out of town, but it has good connections to bus services and is nearby the Coronet Peak ski field. Plus, there are affordable cottages with double beds either with a shared bathroom or en-suite. There is also a shared kitchen and laundry should you want to stick to a food budget. There is also free parking available on-site as well as free WiFi.

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© Queenstown TOP 10 Holiday Park

4. Caples Court

With a prime location in the centre of Queenstown, plus budget self-contained studios and apartments, how can you go wrong? Each studio has at least a private lounge, kitchenette, bathroom and patio starting with double rooms. What’s more, the accommodation offers free parking in Queenstown, plus 5GB of WiFi data per day on 10 different devices!

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© Caples Court

5. JUCY Snooze Queenstown

It doesn’t get more contemporary or central in Queenstown than JUCY Snooze. The Queenstown branch of the hotel chain appeals to backpackers and flashpackers alike with sleek Double and Quad Ensuites and innovative pod dorm rooms. Checking in is an event in itself by using electronic kiosks, while evenings are best spent at their rooftop pizzeria and bar.

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6. Blue Peaks Lodge

Blue Peaks Lodge is within walking distance of the Queenstown Gardens, providing a semi-central location in Queenstown. Free parking is available to save you from those hefty parking prices of the town centre. Queen rooms come with a refrigerator (no-kitchen) and are the more affordable option at Blue Peaks Lodge. However, you can keep the cost of food down by hitting these Cheap Eats in Queenstown. Plus, there’s 500mb of free WiFi available.

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7. Queenstown Lakeview Holiday Park

For a private en-suite double room with access to kitchen, lounge and laundry facilities, Queenstown Lakeview Holiday Park offers an option. The accommodation is within short walking distance from the town centre and offers some great views of Lake Wakatipu. Free parking is also available.

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© Queenstown Lakeview Holiday Park

8. Remarkables Queenstown

Stay in the alternative side of town, between Queenstown Airport and The Remarkables Shopping Centre. Remarkables Queenstown is a sleek and classy hotel with a number of private rooms with a shared lounge, laundry and kitchen facilities so you have the option to save on the cents if needed. What’s more, free WiFi and free parking are available.

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© Remarkables Queenstown

9. Sherwood

If you have a little bit of extra cash to spend for a hint of luxury then Sherwood is your hotel. The lodge queen rooms with a private bathroom are just affordable enough to make our list. Sherwood is an eco-friendly hotel with refurbished rooms made with recycled materials and their restaurant serves meals made with organic food. The hotel is a good place to relax, set of a hillside overlooking Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables mountain range. Sherwood is a 5-minute drive from the city centre. Free WiFi and free parking are available.

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© Sherwood

10. Adventure Queenstown Hostel

A popular option for backpackers visiting Queenstown, Adventure Queenstown Hostel provides a boutique option with friendly hosts. From the moment you receive your personalised welcome note on check-in, you’re made to feel right at home. The hostel offers (often) sundrenched balconies to relax on with fellow travellers, while room types include dorm rooms, female-only dorms, double rooms with or without an ensuite and family rooms.

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More About Queenstown on a Budget

Now that you know the best budget accommodations in Queenstown, see which ones made it on The 50 Best Accommodations in Queenstown.


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in New Zealand over 10 years ago and with a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to travel New Zealand. She knows Aotearoa inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience New Zealand’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides and is the co-host of NZ Pocket Guide’s live New Zealand travel Q&As on YouTube.

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