11 Best Backpacker Hostels in Queenstown
11 Best Backpacker Hostels in Queenstown

10 Best Backpacker Hostels in Queenstown 🏆 [2022]

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The Ultimate List of Queenstown’s Best Backpacker Hostels

Most backpackers travelling New Zealand will find themselves eating a Fergburger or signing up to a bungy jump in Queenstown at some point. Save money for the fun stuff by staying in one of the backpacker hostels in Queenstown. Whether it’s a sociable hostel you are looking for or somewhere cheap to base yourself while job-hunting, you’ll find a decent variety of hostels in Queenstown.

Before we jump into the best hostels in Queenstown, be sure to bookmark the 16 Free & Cheap Things to Do in Queenstown to save even more dough!

1. Adventure Queenstown Hostel

You’re made to feel right at home in Adventure Queenstown Hostel with personalised welcome messages left on every bed in every dorm. As well as being seriously well-maintained, the hostel also offers free WiFi. This stay even earns a place on the 10 Best Budget Accommodations in Queenstown. Don’t forget to check out their little sister hostel too, Adventure Q2.

Check Adventure Queenstown Hostel out:

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2. Nomads Queenstown

A central location means it’s easy to stagger home after experiencing Queenstown’s famous nightlife. The purpose-built Nomads Queenstown is spacious and features modern facilities. Don’t miss the free breakfast every morning. Plus, staying at Nomads gets you a free entrĂ©e meal at their partner bar and restaurant every single night!

Check Nomads Queenstown out!

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3. Tahuna Pod Hostel

No more squeaky bunk beds! We love the pod concept of the Tahuna Pod dorms, making it a top contender for the best hostels in Queenstown. Get your own isolated bed and shut the curtains when you want to get a proper night’s rest. The modern facilities and the super friendly staff are just the icing on top of the cake.

Check Tahuna Pod Hostel out:

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4. The Black Sheep Queenstown Backpackers

It’s not as far as it seems! The Black Sheep Backpackers have a great facility along Frankton Road. The thing that makes this hostel stand out in Queenstown is its social atmosphere. Heaps of free inclusions, including WiFi, also make Black Sheep a worthy hostel to rest your head.

Check Black Sheep Backpackers out:

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5. Absoloot Hostel QT

You can’t do any more central than Absoloot! If convenience is your king, then this is the hostel for you. Positioned on the lakefront in downtown Queenstown, Absoloot comes with free WiFi, well-maintained facilities and friendly staff to help you get the most from your stay.

Check out Absoloot Hostel QT here!

10 Best Backpacker Hostels in Queenstown© Absoloot Queenstown

6. Flaming Kiwi Backpackers

Flaming Kiwi is a homely hostel that is a 5-minute walk from town. We like the fact that they offer free bike hire so you can make the most of the bike trails on the lakefront (or get to town quickly). What’s more, even the 8-bed dorms are spacious and facilities are kept generally clean.

Check Flaming Kiwi Backpackers out:
11 Best Backpacker Hostels in Queenstown© Flaming Kiwi Backpackers

7. Hippo Lodge

Despite having to climb a hill to get to Hippo Lodge, this BBH hostel has a chilled yet sociable atmosphere. The hostel is split into three houses, which is ideal if you’re looking for a less crowded vibe. Tent sites are available if the holiday parks in Queenstown are full (which they often are). Plus, the views over the town make the hill worth the climb!

Check Hippo Lodge out:

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8. Southern Laughter

Southern Laughter is all about the free stuff: free soup, free weekly bar crawl and BBQ, free WiFi, free spa pool and more! What more could you want from one of the best backpacker hostels in Queenstown?! Find this cool little backpackers near the bottom of the Skyline Gondola and a short walk from the town centre.

Check Southern Laughter out:

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9. Pinewood Lodge

Pinewood Lodge is divided into separate units with their own kitchen and bathrooms, making less of a battle for refrigerator space! The little accommodation village in parklike surroundings features backpacker dorms, houses, cabins and apartments. They offer cheap weekly rates if you plan to stick around.

Check Pinewood Lodge out:

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10. YHA Lakefront

A 10-minute walk from the town centre makes YHA Lakefront one of the quieter hostels in Queenstown. The hostel is a good option if you have a car to park, as free on-site and street parking is available. The accommodation is also popular for its facilities from the spacious kitchens to the secure bunk beds.

Check YHA Lakefront out:

11 Best Backpacker Hostels in Queenstown© YHA Lakefront Queenstown

[CLOSED] Base Queenstown

If you want to be based on the most buzzing street in Queenstown, then Base is your option! This huge backpacker hostel on Shotover Street has all the essentials and is not too far from activity provider pick-up points, burger joints, bars and clubs. Easy!

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Now That You Have Found Your Favourite Hostel in Queenstown…

… Plan yourself an epic stay! Check out these articles about backpacking in Queenstown:

Finally, see which of the best backpacker hostels in Queenstown made it into 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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