YHA Queenstown Central

Description

This hostel couldn’t be more aptly named – nestled between the Wakatipu lakefront and Shotover St it’s right in the rapidly beating heart of this famous little resort town of Queenstown. Everything is on your doorstep – cafes, bars, restaurants and the waterfront with all its activities. Previously part of the ‘Old Mountaineer Hotel’, one of the first hotels in Queenstown, all the accommodation at the YHA Queenstown Central hostel now includes ensuites and TVs, free tea and coffee in private rooms and some rooms even have their own balcony or a lake view. Backpackers love that all the multi-share rooms are nice and small (5-share maximum) and all with private ensuites. The views from the comfortable upstairs lounge make for a most picturesque chill-out zone.

The staff are super-friendly and clued up about getting you the best possible deals on activities in Queenstown, which they’re happy to book for free on your behalf.

* Please note that there is no bike storage at the hostel

Quote

“Clean and well maintained, this hostel's crowning glory is the excellent kitchen and the lounge with its enormous windows and panoramic views of the lake… The staff are welcoming and helpful and the atmosphere is calm and family friendly.”  – by Simone Egger, Lonely Planet

 

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By Car

Continue along highway 6 until you reach the Frankton Roundabout with a BP Station on the corner. At the Frankton roundabout take the turning onto Frankton Road (route 6a), Lake Wakatipu is visible on your left on this scenic drive in. Continue along Frankton Road for 15mins which then naturally turns right into Stanley street and down the hill into the town centre. At the Second roundabout on Stanley Street take a left onto Shotover Street. Continue along Shotover Street, you will find YHA Queenstown Central on your left, immediately after the Second roundabout and pedestrian crossing. There is meter parking available nearby and staff can direct you to the nearest car park.

From Airport by car

Go along Airport Avenue and take a right at the roundabout onto Lucas Place. At the next roundabout take a right onto Kawarau Road (Route 6) until you get to the Frankton Roundabout with the BP Station ahead of you. Turn Left onto Frankton Road and follow as above.

Please note: it's highly recommended to carry snow chains at all times in the winter months.

Bus/Shuttle

Pick up and drop off at the hostel.

By Plane

Queenstown Airport is 8km from the hostel.

Located just outside the main terminal, Super Shuttles run a service to town that costs $18 per person and $4 extra per additional person travelling together.

Local Connectabus leaves from the Airport twice every hour at 23mins and 53mins past the hour and is $12 to YHA Queenstown Central on a request stop. Let the Driver know that you wish to be dropped off at the YHA on Shotover Street and not the YHA on Lake Esplanade.

Taxi will cost from $35.

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  • Internet Access
  • Library Exchange
  • Luggage Storage
  • TV Room
  • Have a Queenstown adventure: bungy jumping, skydiving, white water rafting, jetboating, hang-gliding, luging and canyoning can all be experienced in Queenstown.
  • In winter go skiing at nearby Coronet Peak, The Remarkables or Cardrona ski fields.
  • Take a day trip from Queenstown to the magical Milford Sounds or Doubtful Sounds.
  • Tour the Central Otago region’s many award-winning wineries and taste a drop or two.
  • Eat, drink and be merry at possibly the best selection of restaurants and bars in New Zealand outside of Auckland, Christchurch or Wellington.

Events

  • (Feb 23rd - Feb 26th) Lastseason.co.nz presents NZ's largest Clothing & Shoes Sale Expo. 30-80% off the biggest names in Surf/Street/Skate. More than $Million worth of men's, women's & youth gear on sale. You'll find us in the Old Noel ... Remarkables Park Town Centre
  • (Feb 24th - Feb 26th) If you are buying, selling, renovating or planning to build then you can not miss out on this one! Over a hundred exhibitors under one roof, house building companies galore, kitchens, bathrooms, joinery, insulation, ... Queenstown Events Centre
  • (Feb 18th - Mar 15th) Charlotte Handy’s art captures instances of time at the threshold between worlds. Her images, with their reduced palette and patchwork-like construction, are like the moments half-captured when waking at the end of a ... Milford Galleries Queenstown
  • (Feb 11th - Apr 12th) Navigators as a thematically linked exhibition traverses history and politics, and in that process, we journey into the cosmos, revisit myth and cultural signifiers, go to sea and take a new look at the local ... Milford Galleries Queenstown
  • (Jan 4th - May 3rd) Dine at Wild Thyme on the first Wednesday of every month for dinner and pay whatever you think the meal is worth! SKYCITY Queenstown
  • (Mar 2nd - Mar 5th) Zirka Circus is proud to bring you its 4th tour of New Zealand, our new show "Cross the ocean" and it's more spectacular than ever! Zirka Circus has successfully been entertaining families in NZ for more than six ... Warren Park

Groups staying with YHA in Queenstown mainly stay at YHA Queenstown Lakefront.

Whether your group is heading to Queenstown for an adrenaline filled stay or to explore the stunning scenery, YHA Queenstown Lakefront is a perfect base. Situated on Lake Wakitipu, the hostel has breathtaking views across to Walter Peak Station and beyond.

YHA Queenstown Lakefront hosts numerous groups annually who wish to explore this South Island activity-filled town.

 YHA Queenstown Lakefront