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 (with free movies), free tea and coffee in private rooms and some rooms even have their own balcony overlooking the lake. 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

Qualmark Enviro Gold

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

  • (Sep 6th - Oct 11th) Feeling the pinch in the pocket? Well fear not as Winnies is here for you! Come party with us on the cheap and we'll make sure you have a great night and plenty of coin left in your pocket! The fun and games kick off ... Winnies
  • (May 18th - Dec 31st) Paint 'n' Sip Studio is a night out like no other! What's not to LOVE about wine and art? They go so well together! Start with a blank canvas and sip your way to a one of a kind masterpiece! Our artist guides you ... Paint 'n' Sip Studio, Queenstown
  • (Jul 19th - Oct 25th) The World Bar
  • (Aug 16th - Sep 27th) Kayne comes to The Ballarat Trading Co to seduce your ears! Covering a fine selection of rock classics from the last 3 decades. One of Queenstown's most talented acts not to be missed! The Ballarat Trading Co
  • (Sep 7th - Oct 12th) An introductory 6-week course to use and grow an appreciation of Te Reo Maori and our unique Maori culture. This course will cover: - Understand the form and vocabulary of Whakapapa (who we are). - Recognise and use ... Queenstown Playcentre
  • (Jul 20th - Oct 26th) Word has it he's Queenstown's most handsome DJ and with tracks that will keep you dancing all night, be sure to rally the girls, get your glad rags on and make Wednesdays your new Friday. Every Wednesday from 10 pm. The World Bar

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.

Click here to read YHA New Zealand's full Groups Brochure.

Capacity and Room Types

YHA Queenstown Lakefront can cater for up to 140 people across 40 rooms.

Room types available are:

  • 1 x 8 bed multi-share
  • 4 x 6 bed multi-share
  • 1 x 5 bed multi-share
  • 4 x 4 bed multi-share
  • 3 x 3 bed multi-share
  • 2 x single
  • 21 x twin and double rooms

Share Rooms

Group members are accommodated in comfortable 3 - 8 bed rooms. 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

Supervisors and tour leaders can be accommodated in single, double or twin rooms with shared bathroom facilities. These rooms include all bed linen and towels. 

Group Breakfast

Continental breakfast can be served in our group kitchen upon request for $10 per person. It includes a choice of three cereals, fruit, toast and spreads, tea, coffee and fruit juice.

Free WiFi for Group Leaders

We know being a group leader is tough work at the best of times and you need to stay contactable as much as possible to keep things running smoothly. To help you stay connected YHA offers provides group leaders with free high speed WiFi during their stay.   

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.

Contact YHA Queenstown direct on 03 442 8413 email queenstown.groups@yha.co.nz or call our groups coordinator on 0800 278 299.

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