YHA Queenstown Central

Description

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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 or onsite parking at the hostel.
Work will be taking place to upgrade some unoccupied rooms April - June. We apologise in advance for any disturbance this may cause and we'll be doing our best to minimise this.

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“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 State 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.

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

Parking

There is no parking at the hostel itself due to our central location and street parking is often time limited. There is meter parking available nearby and staff can direct you to the nearest car park. If you would prefer free parking please be prepared to walk around 15 minutes back to the hostel, subject to availability of street parking.

From Queenstown Airport: Self-drive

Queenstown Airport is 8km from the hostel.

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.

From Queenstown Airport: Shuttle, Bus, or Taxi

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.

A taxi will cost from $35.

Bus/Shuttle

Pick up and drop off at the hostel is available. Please check with your specific provider and let your driver know upon boarding the bus that your destination is YHA Queenstown Central on Shotover Street.

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  • 24 Hour Guest Access
  • 2GB Free WiFi Every Day
  • Bedding Provided
  • Book Exchange
  • Communal Dining Area
  • Communal Lounge
  • Convenience Store
  • Drying Room
  • EFTPOS, Visa & Mastercard
  • Food Storage
  • Free Movies
  • Fully Equipped Kitchen
  • Games Available
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hostelling International Bookings
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Recycling Stations
  • Secure Bedrooms
  • Towel Hire
  • Travel & Activity Bookings
  • TV
  • Union Pay
  • 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.

Luma Festival (Jun 2 - Jun 5)
Winter Festival (Jun 22 - Jun 25)

Events

  • (Jun 22nd - Jun 22nd) This one sells out every year, so get your tickets fast. We have pulled together a line up of New Zealand’s best comedy. Winter Festival favourites Justine Smith, Ben Hurley and Jeremy Elwood are teaming up with new ... Queenstown Memorial Centre
  • (Jun 22nd - Jun 22nd) Hollie Smith is one of New Zealand’s most predominant musicians. After working with numerous bands including Trinity Roots, Fat Freddy’s Drop and Detroit dance legend Recloose, she was approached by NZ songwriting ... Sherwood
  • (May 1st - Jun 30th) We proudly present 10 panels of the widely syndicated and long running Cartoon 'No Exit' by political cartoonist Andy Singer. Filled with satire, humour and biting critiques of modern life each panel will indeed take ... Cycle Higher
  • (Jun 22nd - Jun 22nd) The Rock presents Skinny Hobos Album Release Tour. With support from Pieces Of Molly, No Broadcast and Bathsalts. Straight off the back of a scorching Homegrown set in Wellington, a couple of dates on I Am Giant’s ... Yonder
  • (Jun 7th - Aug 1st) This exhibition directly acknowledges one of Central Otago’s legendary rivers – the Arrow River. There are also sub-texts - visual dialogues about water, history, politics, inter-personal relationships, the ... Milford Galleries Queenstown
  • (Jun 22nd - Aug 31st) Live acoustic music from the best of Queenstown's musicians every afternoon 4-6pm. A perfect way to unwind after a hard day on the slopes. Muskets and Moonshine

Groups staying with YHA in Queenstown are catered for 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