The Best Budget Accommodation in Queenstown for Backpackers
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 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 good variety of hostels in Queenstown.
If you are staying in Queenstown, you must be looking for fun things to do, right? Let us give you some inspiration:
- 15 Free or Cheap Activities to do in Queenstown
- Queenstown – Guide for Backpackers
- The Guide to Queenstown on a Budget
So, here are the backpacker hostels we love the most in Queenstown.
1. Adventure Queenstown Hostel
You’re made to feel right at home in Adventure Queenstown Hostel with personalised welcome messages left for every bed in every dorm. As well as being seriously well-maintained, the hostel also offers free WiFi. In fact, once you have paid for your night you don’t have to worry too much about extra costs. Don’t forget to check out their sister hostel too, Adventure Q2.
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2. Nomads Queenstown
A central location means it’s easy to stagger home after experiencing Queenstown’s famous nightlife. This purpose-built hostel is spacious with modern facilities. Don’t miss the free breakfast every morning! Plus, staying at Nomads gets you a free entree meal at their partner bar and restaurant every single night!
Check Nomads Queenstown out!
3. Tahuna Pod Hostel
No more squeaky bunk beds! We love the pod concept of the Tahuna Pod dorms. Get your own isolated bed and shut the curtains when you want to get a proper night’s rest. The new facilities and the super friendly staff are just the icing on top of the cake.
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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, make Black Sheep a worthy hostel to rest your head too.
Check Black Sheep Backpackers out:
- Black Sheep Backpackers on Booking.com
- Black Sheep Backpackers on Trip.com
- Black Sheep Backpackers on Expedia
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!
6. Flaming Kiwi Backpackers
Flaming Kiwi is a sociable hostel that is a 5-minute walk from town. Even the 8-bed dorms are spacious and facilities are kept generally clean.
Check Flaming Kiwi Backpackers out:
- Flaming Kiwi Backpackers on Booking.com
- Flaming Kiwi Backpackers on Trip.com
- Flaming Kiwi Backpackers on Expedia
7. Hippo Lodge
Despite having to climb a hill to get to Hippo Lodge, this BBH hostel has a chilled yet sociable atmosphere. Plus, the views over the town make the hill worth the climb!
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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!
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9. Pinewood Lodge
Pinewood is divided into separate units with their own kitchen and bathrooms, so there is less of a battle for refrigerator space. They offer cheap weekly rates if you plan to stick around.
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10. YHA Lakefront
A 10-minute walk from the town centre makes YHA Lakeside a quieter hostel option. The hostel is also popular for its facilities from the spacious kitchens to the secure bunk beds.
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[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!