Staying in hostels is a great way to stretch the holiday budget, meet likeminded travelers and pick up useful tips on all subjects of interest to tourists. Queenstown’s reputation as the “Adventure Capitol,” is justly deserved, since the variety of extreme as well as regular sports offered in and around Queensland is hard to beat, anywhere.
Activities including adventure holidays featuring bungy jumping, jet boating, water skiing, whitewater rafting, river surfing, aerobatic flights, sky diving, paragliding, canyon swing, mountain biking, hiking, tramping and fly fishing and more. For winter visitors, four ski resorts offer runs at all levels and cross country snow shoeing. The nightlife is legendary, catering for all taste from an international club scene and live music venues, quieter cabarets and fine dining options.
* The Discovery Lodge at 49 Shotover Street, Queenstown is a centrally located hostel, only 300m from restaurants, shops and bars, 40 meters from Lake Wakatipu on an outcropping overlooking the bay, and 9km from the Queenstown International Airport. The Lodge is rated 5-stars by Qualmark, the official rating body for New Zealand, offering accommodation in 80 rooms featuring private baths, air conditioning, refrigerators and coffee making facilities. Breakfast and dinner are available, the latter in Altitude Café, which becomes a lively bar after dark. Visitors should note this is a smoke-free hostel.
* Nomads at No.5-11 Church Street, Queenstown is a brand new, purpose-built hostel, suitable for wheelchair access and offering a variety of accommodations in rooms with private baths and wide screen Sky TV, refrigerators and ironing facilities. Also available are family suits and girls-only dorms with big balconies and lockers featuring built-in computer charging facilities. The hostel is a few meters from the lake, less than 5 minutes walk from cafes and bars. On site entertainment includes a host to lead guests in mayhem and competitions, cinema, internet access Rates include breakfast and access to a large well-equipped modern kitchen, air conditioning throughout. Finish your day out with a relaxing sauna or time spent in the huge communal lounge featuring a fireplace enjoying free the tea and coffee service.
* The YHA Queenstown Central hostel is summed up best by the well respected Lonely Planet guides as, “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 is welcoming and helpful and the atmosphere is calm and family friendly. Amazingly located in the heart of town, you’re steps away from great restaurants, shops and activities and just around the corner from the harbor.” The hostel offers free in-room TV and movies, private baths, lockers, tea and coffee with a maximum of 5 guests to a room. Internet and storage facilities are also available.
* If the lakefront is your ideal location, with a town less than a 10 minute walk away, the YHA Queenstown Lakefront hostel also receives rave reviews from The Lonely Planet Guide. Spacious sport’s gear storage and drying rooms, easy access to walking trails and a large communal lounge with Skype and internet access make this hostel a favorite with outdoors types. Great cooking facilities and friendly, well informed staff complete a cheap and lively place to stay in Queenstown