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YHA Queenstown Lakefront for Groups


YHA Queenstown Lakefront is the perfect base for groups of all sizes on a budget. This affordable, comfortable and secure hostel overlooks Lake Wakatipu with breathtaking views across to the Remarkables, Walter Peak Station and beyond. We welcome school groups, sports teams and community groups with a variety of room options from dorms to Queen ensuites. 

Topaz will work with you to place your rooms as close as possible, separate by gender where required and provide Health, Safety and Risk documents. All beds include linen and are fully made up on arrival, towels may be added for $1 per person for the duration of the stay. There is lots of space for cooking and relaxing with a large fully-equipped communal kitchen and multiple lounge areas.


In addition to our large communal kitchen for cooking up a storm we also offer a continental group breakfast for $10 per person per day!

  • Three cereal options (muesli, cornflakes, ricies)
  • Yoghurt
  • Tinned fruit
  • Toast and spreads
  • Milk, tea, coffee and fruit juice

Free booking service

A free booking service is provided for all land-based domestic travel and activities including:

  • Interislander and Bluebridge ferries
  • Tranzalpine, Tranzscenic and Overland trains
  • InterCity coach travel and local shuttle services

Get in touch

Contact YHA Queenstown Lakefront's Groups Coordinator, Topaz: [email protected] | 03 442 8413.
To book stays across multiple hostel locations contact our National Group Coordinators: [email protected] | 0800 278 299.

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Hostel Details & Location

Group Coordinator: Topaz River

Check in: 2:30 pm Check out: 10:00 am

Contact: +64 3 442 8413 Email this hostel

Reception: 7:00 am - 10:00 pm with 24 hour guest access

Location: 88-90 Lake Esplanade,


Overlooking Lake Wakatipu


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How to get here

YHA Queenstown Lakefront is right on the shore of Lake Wakatipu, a pleasant ten minute walk from the centre of Queenstown and all it's attractions. We can help to arrange your activity bookings or transport to local activities. Just let us know, we are happy to help!


We have a small number of free onsite parks, available on a first-in-first served basis. There is also free street parking available. It's highly recommended to carry snow chains at all times in the winter months.


The local Go Bus #1 leaves the airport every 15 minutes and will drop you to a nearby hotel that is a 2 minute walk to YHA Queenstown Lakefront.
Shuttles drop off and pick up from the front door of the hostel.


Queenstown Airport is 8km from the hostel. We recommend a bus or shuttle; we can help organise these on your behalf.

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Great for groups:

  • 5GB free WiFi per day
  • Breakfast options
  • Towel hire
  • Fully-equipped kitchen
  • Communal dining area
  • Luggage storage options
  • Secure bedrooms
  • Bed linen included
  • Free booking service

Shared facilities:

  • 5GB free WiFi per day
  • Communal lounge
  • Communal dining area
  • Fully-equipped kitchen
  • Food storage area
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Outdoor area
  • BBQ
  • Herb garden
  • Recycling stations
  • Laundry facilities
  • Drying room
  • Free onsite parking
  • 24 hour guest access

Entertainment and activities:

  • Book exchange
  • Guitar
  • Communal TV
  • Free movies


  • After-hours check in on request
  • Luggage storage options
  • Convenience items for sale
  • Hair dryers
  • Towel hire
  • Bicycle storage
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hostel capacity

This very popular Queenstown hostel sleeps up to 139 people across 37 rooms. We welcome groups of up to 50 people, depending on the season and our availability. We work with you to place your group together as possible by gender where required. 

All dorm rooms are privatised for school and youth groups.

Shared rooms
  • 2 x 3 bed dorm rooms, one with lake views
  • 6 x 4 bed dorm rooms, one with lake views and balcony
  • 2 x 6 bed dorm ensuite rooms
  • 3 x 6 bed dorm rooms
  • 6 x 8 bed dorm rooms

Beds include individual bedside lights, power and lockable cupboards with charging ports. Shared single sex bathroom facilities are located conveniently close to the bedrooms. All bedding is provided (duvets, sheets and pillows) and towels can be hired for $1.

Private rooms
  • 5 x single rooms
  • 4 x twin rooms
  • 2 x double rooms
  • 1 x queen room
  • 6 x queen ensuite rooms, four with lake views

These rooms include all bed linen and towels and are fully made up on arrival. Please note that we have a limited number of rooms with ensuite facilities and they are subject to availability.

Safety & Security

Safety and security is a top priority at YHA. You can download our Group Health & Safety information for your planning resources or school board approvals.

We can also supply a copy of our COVID 19 hostel control measures for each alert level and our Worksafe COVID 19 Safety Plan. Or see our current COVID 19 alert level actions.

All bedroom doors lock automatically when closed and require swipe keys for access. A duplicate set can be provided for leaders to access all rooms allocated to your group. A door code is required to access the building after hours.

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