YHA Queenstown Lakefront

Description

Please note: YHA Queenstown Lakefront is currently undergoing refurbishment.  The hostel will reopen from the 8th of May 2017 and refurbishment will continue until July 2017 with no access to some areas of the hostel.  All communal facilities (laundry, kitchen, lounge) will be available and disturbance to guests kept to a minimum.  Please bear with us while we build an even better hostel!

If you want to experience the beauty and excitement of Queenstown but still get a good night’s sleep, then YHA Queenstown Lakefront is the hostel for you – and it’s only a 10 minute walk into town.

The YHA Queenstown Lakefront hostel is a comfortable fully equipped hostel sitting right on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, offering enchanting views of the lake and Remarkables mountain range. Yet, even though the centre of Queenstown is only 10 minutes walk away this backpackers is remarkably peaceful and quiet so you can still get a good night’s sleep after you’ve been skiing all day and enjoying the Queenstown nightlife all evening.

All the accommodation is comfortable, clean and quiet and the views over Lake Wakatipu out to the Remarkables from the common rooms are stunning. The hostel also has a fully equipped kitchen for your use.

The Queenstown Lakefront hostel staff are friendly with vast amounts of local knowledge to provide you with a free travel booking service and let you in on the latest YHA special deals from Queenstown’s diverse menu of adventures. Backpackers just love the YHA Queenstown Lakefront hostel and come back again and again.

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“This friendly alpine lodge has staff that are very well-versed in Queenstown's mountain of activities…This place is very popular with backpackers after fresh air and long treks, as well as with those recovering from large-scale pub crawls. Either way, you're sure to find company. Located directly across the road from the lake, it's a pleasant 10-minute view-filled walk into town.” – Simone Egger, Lonely Planet Reviewer.

 

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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 turn onto Frankton Road (Route 6A), Lake Wakatipu is visible on your left on this scenic drive in. Continue along Frankton Road for 15 mins 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 until it curves around alongside the lake and becomes Lake Esplanade. You will find YHA Queenstown Lakefront on your right on Lake Esplanade just past the Rydges hotel.

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

From Queenstown Airport by Car

Queenstown Airport is 9 km from the hostel.

Go along Airport Avenue and take a right at the roundabout onto Lucas Place. At the next roundabout take a righ onto Kawaru 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.

Shuttles, buses, and taxis are also available.

Parking

Some onsite parking is available, as is free street parking. This is subject to availability.

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 Lakefront on Lake Esplanade.

 

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  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Storage
  • Book Exchange
  • Communal Dining Area
  • Communal Lounge
  • Drying Room
  • Food Storage
  • Free Movies
  • Fully Equipped Kitchen
  • Guitar
  • Hair Dryers
  • Herb Garden
  • Hostelling International Bookings
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Locker Storage
  • Luggage Storage
  • Recycling Stations
  • Street Parking
  • Travel & Activity Bookings
  • TV Room
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • 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

  • (Apr 15th - Jun 7th) Now in its eighth-year, the Royal Queenstown Easter Show is a significant curated exhibition featuring new and major recent works across a diverse range of media. Shane Woolridge may be something of a Central Otago ... Milford Galleries Queenstown
  • (May 13th - Jun 7th) Joanna Braithwaite’s finely studied portraits have long blended the real and the surreal, the mundane and the absurd. Her works are richly layered and informed by historical antecedents ranging from 17th-century Dutch ... Milford Galleries Queenstown
  • (May 11th - Jun 1st) This four-week course will take you through different aspects of pronunciation at a beginners level. The course will cover: - Practice, and implementing vowels & consonants - Quickfire phonetics - Southern Dialect, ... St Margaret's Presbyterian Church
  • (Jun 1st - Jun 1st) Ever striving for higher heights and more profound musical experiences, Ladi6 has once again flipped the script to create the Royal Blue 3000 EP. The result is an adventurous vivid wash of copacetic synaesthesthetics, ... Bungalow
  • (Jun 2nd - Jun 5th) Witness the world’s top talents on the launch pad when sixteen breath-taking young artists compete in this internationally-renowned major violin competition set against the backdrop of the Remarkables. Audiences ... Queenstown Memorial Centre
  • (Jun 2nd - Jun 5th) Luma is an award-winning arts and culture festival that lights up Queenstown every year with art, light, music and colour. The Southern Light Project transforms Queenstown’s famous lakefront and gardens for four ... Queenstown Gardens
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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 Wakatipu, 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.

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Accommodation

Hostel capacity

YHA Queenstown Lakefront can cater for up to 149 people across 41 rooms.

Room types available are:

  • 6 x 8 bed multi-share
  • 3 x 6 bed multi-share
  • 2 x 6 bed multi-share with ensuite facilities
  • 4 x 4 bed multi-share
  • 3 x 3 bed multi-share
  • 2 x single
  • 10 x twin
  • 7 x double
  • 2 x double + single
  • 1 x double deluxe
  • 1 x twin bunk deluxe

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.

Room types

Shared 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

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

Please note that we have a limited number of rooms with ensuite facilities and they are subject to availability.

 

 Contact YHA Queenstown Lakefront's Groups Coordinator, Anna: queenstown.groups@yha.co.nz   03 442 8413 


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Facilities & services

Hostel facilities

YHA Queenstown Lakefront is a 4 star, Enviro Gold Qualmark rated hostel with the following facilities:

  • Large, fully equipped, self-catering kitchen and dining area
  • Swipe card entry for all rooms
  • Laundry facilities
  • TV room
  • Wheelchair access
  • Outdoor BBQ area
  • Free WiFi
  • All bed linen included
  • Off street parking for cars and buses
  • Key code building access only after hours

Meals

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 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.

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Location

YHA Queenstown Lakefront is located on 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!

By Car

Continue along highway 6 until you reach the Frankton Roundabout with a BP station on the corner. At the Frankton roundabout turn onto Frankton Road (route 6A). Lake Wakatipu is visible on your left on this scenic drive in. Continue along Frankton Road for 15 mins 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 until it curves around alongside the lake and becomes Lake Esplanade. You will find YHA Queenstown Lakefront on your right on Lake Esplanade just past Rydges hotel. On site parking is available as is free street parking.

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

Parking

There is plenty of parking at the hostel for cars, vans and buses. There is also free street parking available.

By Bus/Shuttle

All buses and shuttles drop off and pick up from the front door of the hostel.  

From Airport

Queenstown Airport is 8km from the hostel.

 

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For multiple locations get in touch with our National Groups Coordinator, Rod: book@yha.co.nz | 0800 278 299