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YHA Queenstown Lakefront

88-90 Lake Esplanade, Queenstown, New Zealand

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Overall Rating 95%

From 5 Reviews

Hostel rating (5)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 97%
Cleanliness 95%
Location 94%
Security 94%
Service 95%
Comfort 95%
Green rating 92%

If you want to experience the excitement of Queenstown but still get a good night’s sleep - YHA Queenstown Lakefront is the hostel for you.

  • Dorm
    From $24.57
10 or more people?

Queenstown Hostel

Hostel Queenstown

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

Situated on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, with views of the lake and remarkable mountain range, YHA Queenstown Lakefront is located just a 10-minute walk from the centre of Queenstown and 20-minute drive to the ski fields.

Spacious common areas offer stunning lake views and a fireplace. Guests enjoy free use of the BBQ area, plus free movies, board games and a guitar. The internet lounge features a wireless hotspot.

Queenstown, New Zealand is the place where you can do it all. Known as the adventure capital of the world you will be spoilt for choice, from bungee jumping to jet boating and sky diving to canyoning. For those with more gentle pursuits in mind, cruise the lake on the old steamship the Earnslaw, visit historic Arrowtown, take a Lord of the Rings tour or enjoy excellent local wineries. Don’t forget the splendour of a day trip to Doubtful or Milford Sounds.


Prices are non-member prices

Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


Important info

  • 24-hour check-in is not available
  • Government-issued photo ID is required to check in.
  • Children under the age of 17 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Membership can be purchased on arrival at hostel.
  • Rates quoted assume guests are not members of Hostelling International or a National Youth Hostel Association
  • A discount of 10 % of rates quoted is available to members on arrival.
  • Pets are not permitted in the hostel.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout



Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room
  • TV room
  • Terrace / patio


  • Suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • BBQ
  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Vending machine

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Computers - Charges Apply
  • Wifi - Charges Apply
  • Internet Cafe Distance - 1 to 2km

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Basic Shop
  • Car Parking at Hostel - Free
  • Booking Centre for HI hostels worldwide
  • Cycle Storage
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Library / Book Swap
  • Lockers Available
  • Luggage Room - Available during hostel reception times
  • Travel / Tour Desk
Opening times

Opening times

Open all year

From 06:30 to 22:00
From 14:00 to 22:00

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. +64-3-442-8413

Fax. +64-3-442-6561

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Lake Wakatipu with myriad boating activities (At or next to the hostel)
  • Skyline Gondola Restaurant and Luge (500m to 1km)
  • AJ Hackett Bungy (500m to 1km)

See the full list of attractions



This hostel is the BEST!!


Avatar for YUKO


Tue 20 Feb 2018

Thanks Yuko! You're the BEST! Kind regards, Sue Fairclough, Operations Manager, YHA Queenstown Lakefront

Manager avatar

005U00 owner,

Thu 22 Feb 2018

First of all staff members are so friendly and location is superb. Meanwhile, it's so so in facilities and comfort. Kitchen area is so small compared to the numeber of people. Plus you need to improve environmental practices such as separate dumping system. ( processing food garbage) Additionally you should provide ustensiles such as spoon, fork, knife, etc..


Avatar for Heasook


Tue 30 Jan 2018

Dear Heasook, Thank you for taking the time to write us a review! We are so happy to hear that you loved our staff and location. We do too! I am surprised you found the kitchen area small. Queenstown Lakefront YHA has one of the biggest kitchens in our network and is always stocked with lots of utensils. Perhaps you were referring to another hostel? We do aim to do as much as possible to reduce our environmental impact. Unfortunately, there is not currently a food waste facility in Queenstown. We tried composting at YHA Lakefront, but we found that this encouraged rats which we didn’t want around the hostel! Other things we do to try and minimise waste and improve the local environment include participating in clean up Queenstown days, Wilding Pines project, and providing a full recycling station. If you have any other suggestions on how we can reduce our environmental footprint please do let us know, we’d love to hear! Kind regards, Sue Fairclough, Operations Manager, YHA Queenstown Lakefront.

Manager avatar

005U00 owner,

Thu 01 Feb 2018

kitchen was gig enough.


Avatar for SHUICHI


Thu 25 Jan 2018

Dear Shuichi, Thanks for your review! We love how big and spacious our new kitchen is and we're glad you do too! Kind regards, Sue Fairclough, Operations Manager, YHA Queenstown Lakefront

Manager avatar

005U00 owner,

Sat 27 Jan 2018

everything is very good ,just the parking sometime not enough ,but it not effect me like there


Avatar for wai siang

wai siang,

Fri 13 Oct 2017


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Beach (At or next to the hostel)
  • Cinema (500m - 1km)
  • City Centre (500m - 1km)
  • Cycle trails (Less than 500m)
  • Golf course (5 to 10km)
  • Gym (500m - 1km)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (At or next to the hostel)
  • Local market (500m - 1km)
  • Mountainous Area (Less than 500m)
  • Museums / Art Galleries (500m - 1km)
  • National / State Park (More than 10km)
  • Nightlife (500m - 1km)
  • Parks / Green Area (500m - 1km)
  • Restaurants (500m - 1km)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (At or next to the hostel)
  • Shopping area / Mall (500m - 1km)
  • Ski area (More than 10km)
  • Swimming pool (5 to 10km)
  • Supermarket / Food store (500m - 1km)
  • Theatre (500m - 1km)
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site (More than 10km)
  • Wooded Area (At or next to the hostel)
Getting to us

Getting to us

9km regular shuttle buses organise at airport on arrival
Buses pick up and drop off at door if requested

Sustainability initiatives


  • Low carbon activities
  • Public transportation is promoted
  • Environmental cleaning


  • Energy saving lights
  • Insulation and ventilation systems
  • Light/energy sensor control
  • Renewable energy
  • Green energy supplies
  • Energy efficiency appliances


  • Working with local community
  • Mission-based activities
  • Educational programs


  • Recycling areas


  • Water savers in showers
  • Water savers in toilet
  • Water-wise garden

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