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YHA Queenstown Lakefront


Hostel Details & Location

Host: Sue Fairclough

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

Location: 88-90 Lake Esplanade,


Short walk to town centre


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How to get here

You can find us on Lake Esplanade, 10 minutes’ walk from the town centre. Limited free on-site parking is available (first-in, first-served), as is free street parking. It is highly advised to carry snow chains at all times during winter.


Shuttles: Pick up and drop off at the hostel is available. Let your driver know upon boarding that your destination is YHA Queenstown Lakefront on Lake Esplanade.
Airport: Queenstown Airport is 9km from the hostel.
Bus: 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.

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Perfect for schools and large groups! Find out more

If you want to experience the excitement of Queenstown and still get a good night’s sleep, then YHA Queenstown Lakefront is the hostel for you. This lakefront beauty is recently refurbished with modern decor and helpful extras – and it’s only a 10 minute walk to the heart of town.

Guests love our enchanting views, the picturesque stroll into the town centre along the lake, our on-site parking, and the many common areas on offer for relaxing and meeting fellow travellers. Our kitchen is superbly equipped, and dorm rooms include individual bedside lights and power, and lockable cupboards with charging ports.

Our friendly team have vast amounts of local knowledge, offer a free travel booking service and can let you in on the latest YHA special deals from Queenstown’s diverse menu of adventures. Backpackers love this hostel and come back again and again.

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Guests love:

  • 5GB free WiFi per day
  • Fully-equipped kitchen
  • Outdoor area

Shared facilities:

  • 5GB free WiFi per day
  • Communal lounge
  • Communal dining area
  • Fully-equipped kitchen
  • Food storage area
  • Recycling stations
  • Outdoor area
  • BBQ
  • Herb garden
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • 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

In-hostel payment options:

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Union Pay
  • New Zealand Dollars
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Some of our top picks for Queenstown:

  • Start with your pick of adventure activities: bungy jumping, skydiving, white water rafting, jetboating, hang-gliding, canyoning, and more
  • Try the local drop - Central Otago has some excellent wineries
  • If you're seeing what all the fuss is about at Fergburger, try ringing ahead to place your order!

Want to know more about Queenstown? Find out more

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