YHA Queenstown Lakefront
YHA Queenstown Lakefront
YHA Queenstown Lakefront
YHA Queenstown Lakefront
YHA Queenstown Lakefront
YHA Queenstown Lakefront
YHA Queenstown Lakefront
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8.8

Excellent
/10
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View12
Housekeeping11
Shops1
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8.3

Excellent

Location rating score

Excellent location - Inside city center
Parking
FREE
Popular landmarks
Queenstown Gardens 980 m
Ben Lomond Track 990 m
Queenstown Mall 1.0 km
Kiwi Birdlife Park 1.1 km
Queenstown Hill 1.7 km
The Remarkables Ski Area 13.1 km
Coronet Peak 14.0 km
Chard Farm Winery 18.4 km
Gibbston Valley Winery 21.1 km
Peregrine Wines 23.8 km
Nearby landmarks
Saint Omer Park 130 m
Tiki Trail 210 m
Lakeside Dental Practice 440 m
One Mile Power House 490 m
Real Journeys Office 700 m
Lasseters Wharf Casino 710 m
Minus 5 Ice Bar 720 m
Steamer Wharf 750 m
Queenstown Lakes District Council 750 m
Kathmandu Queenstown 760 m
Free Wi-Fi

YHA Queenstown Lakefront

88-90 Lake Esplanade, Queenstown City Center, Queenstown, New Zealand - See map
Property highlights
Hygiene Plus
This property has self-selected and self-certified the hygiene measures
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Close to Queenstown Gardens
Within 980 m of property
Hygiene Plus
This property has self-selected and self-certified the following hygiene measures.Learn more
Safety Features
Staff trained in safety protocol
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Preventative Equipment
Hand sanitizer
Health and Medical
First aid kit
  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

  • Daily housekeeping

  • Garden

  • Skiing

  • Ticket services

Value for money8.6
Location rating8.3
Nearest airportQueenstown Airport (ZQN)
Distance to airport7.8 km

Rooms available at YHA Queenstown Lakefront

Very good
Room comfort & quality
7.6
Single Room with Shared Bathroom
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  • Room size: 10 m²/108 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 bunk bed
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1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory with Shared Bathroom - Mixed
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  • Room size: 10 m²/108 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 bunk bed
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Twin Room with Shared Bathroom
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  • Room size: 10 m²/108 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 bunk bed
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Double Room with Shared Bathroom
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  • Room size: 10 m²/108 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 bunk bed
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1 Person in 8-Bed Dormitory with Shared Bathroom - Mixed
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  • Room size: 10 m²/108 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 bunk bed
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1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
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  • Lake view
  • Shower
  • 1 bunk bed or 4 bunk beds
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1 Person in 3-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
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  • Room size: 10 m²/108 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 bunk bed
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Single Bed in 6-Bed Dormitory Room
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  • Shower
  • Shared bathroom
  • 1 bunk bed
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1 Person in 6-Bed Dormitory with Shared Bathroom - Mixed
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  • Room size: 10 m²/108 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 bunk bed
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Single Bed in 8-Bed Dormitory Room
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  • Shower
  • Shared bathroom
  • 1 bunk bed
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Frequently asked questions

What time is check-in and check-out at YHA Queenstown Lakefront?

Check-in is from 02:30 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The hostel offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out.

How do I get to YHA Queenstown Lakefront?

For those who wish to drive their own cars, YHA Queenstown Lakefront has a car park that's close to the hostel. Parking is free for guests.

What is the smoking policy at YHA Queenstown Lakefront?

YHA Queenstown Lakefront does not permit smoking in any of its rooms or indoor areas.

What is the closest train, metro, or bus station to YHA Queenstown Lakefront?

The closest train, metro, or bus station to YHA Queenstown Lakefront is The Queenstown Bus Station, 1.1 km away.

What restaurants are nearby YHA Queenstown Lakefront?

YHA Queenstown Lakefront’s neighborhood is Queenstown City Center which includes popular restaurants such as Bazaar, Ben Lomond Restaurant and Lombardi.

What popular shopping places are close to YHA Queenstown Lakefront?

YHA Queenstown Lakefront is located in Queenstown City Center area which features shopping places such as Creative Queenstown Arts & Crafts Market, Steamer Wharf and Kathmandu Queenstown.

What are popular attractions near YHA Queenstown Lakefront?

YHA Queenstown Lakefront’s location in the Queenstown City Center neighborhood makes it close to famous attractions including Queenstown Gardens, Queenstown Mall and Moa Statue.

What popular natural sightseeing spots are close to YHA Queenstown Lakefront?

YHA Queenstown Lakefront’s nearby natural sights include Kiwi Birdlife Park, Queenstown Hill and Ben Lomond Track located in the same Queenstown City Center area.

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What people love about YHA Queenstown Lakefront

  • 8.8

    Excellent
    Location

    "Nice lakefront view from outside the hostel."

    Kunal

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    April 8, 2018

  • 9.6

    Exceptional
    Bathroom

    "Bathroom and kitchen are clear."

    Thao

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    August 26, 2018

  • 9.6

    Exceptional
    Staff 

    "The YHA staffs did a great job!"

    Yuan

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    February 18, 2019

Property ranking|Compared to 556 Queenstown properties
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Value for money score
8.6/10
Cleanliness score
8.6/10
Room comfort score
7.6/10
Service score
8.7/10
Better than
92
%
of Queenstown properties
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90
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of Queenstown properties
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90
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Overall rating:

8.8

Excellent
867 reviews
Cleanliness
8.6
Facilities
8.8
Location
8.3
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What travelers say they love:
The kitchen & toilets are always overall clean.
Nur from Malaysia
Solo traveler
More about YHA Queenstown Lakefront

More about YHA Queenstown Lakefront

Guests wishing to experience the beauty and excitement of Queenstown will find it here at YHA Queenstown Lakefront. Featuring a comfortable, clean, and quiet environment with a fully equipped kitchen for your use, the property sits perfectly on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, allowing you to capture enchanting views of the lake and remarkable mountain range. Within an easy walking distance to the center of Queenstown, this backpacker's paradise is remarkably peaceful and quiet allowing you a good night’s sleep after a day filled with activities and a visit to the Queenstown nightlife. With experienced staff, you can be guided through some of the best attractions to ensure a wonderful stay.

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Amenities and facilities
Excellent
Facilities

8.8

Most talked about facilities

Housekeeping

15 mentions

View

7 mentions

Breakfast

1 mention

Languages spoken

  • English
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Swedish

Internet access

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  • Wi-Fi in public areas

Things to do, ways to relax

  • Game room
  • Garden
  • Hiking
  • Skiing
  • Ticket services
  • Tours

Cleanliness and safety

  • Daily disinfection in all rooms
  • Daily disinfection in common areas
  • First aid kit
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Physical distancing of at least 1 meter
  • Safe dining setup
  • Staff trained in safety protocol
  • Temperature check for guests and staff

Dining, drinking, and snacking

  • BBQ facilities
  • Coffee shop
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurants
  • Shared kitchen
  • Vending machine

Services and conveniences

  • Cash withdrawal
  • Convenience store
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Elevator
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Fireplace
  • Food delivery
  • Laundromat
  • Laundry service
  • Library
  • Luggage storage
  • Shops
  • Smoke-free property
  • Smoking area

For the kids

  • Family room

Access

  • Pets allowed
  • Security [24-hour]

Getting around

  • Car park [free of charge]
  • Car park [nearby]
Location
88-90 Lake Esplanade, Queenstown City Center, Queenstown, New Zealand
Excellent
Location

8.3

Airports

  • Queenstown Airport (ZQN)
    7.8 km
  • Wanaka Airport (WKA)
    58.4 km

Public transportation

  • The Queenstown Bus Station
    1.1 km
  • Arthurs Point Bus Stop
    5.1 km

Hospital or clinic

  • Lakeside Dental Practice
    440 m

Shopping

  • Remarkables Market
    7.7 km

Convenience store

  • On-site

Cash withdrawal

  • ATM on-site
What's nearby

Popular landmarks

  • Queenstown Gardens
    980 m
  • Ben Lomond Track
    990 m
  • Queenstown Mall
    1.0 km
  • Kiwi Birdlife Park
    1.1 km
  • Queenstown Hill
    1.7 km
  • The Remarkables Ski Area
    13.1 km
  • Coronet Peak
    14.0 km
  • Chard Farm Winery
    18.4 km
  • Gibbston Valley Winery
    21.1 km
  • Peregrine Wines
    23.8 km

Nearby landmarks

  • Saint Omer Park
    130 m
  • Tiki Trail
    210 m
  • Lakeside Dental Practice
    440 m
  • One Mile Power House
    490 m
  • Real Journeys Office
    700 m
  • Lasseters Wharf Casino
    710 m
  • Minus 5 Ice Bar
    720 m
  • Steamer Wharf
    750 m
  • Queenstown Lakes District Council
    750 m
  • Kathmandu Queenstown
    760 m
Distances shown are straight-line distances on the map. Actual travel distances may vary.
Property policies
Children and extra beds

Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose. Please check the individual room capacity for more details.

All children are welcome.

Infant 0-1 year(s)
Stay for free if using existing bedding.
Baby cot/crib available upon request
Children 2-3 year(s)
Must use an extra bed
If you need an extra bed, it will incur an additional charge.
Guests 4 years and older are considered as adults
Must use an extra bed which will incur an additional charge.
Others
  • Maximum length of stay per booking is 10 days.
  • Guests will receive 5GB free Wi-Fi per day and it is valid during their stay.
  • When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.
Some helpful facts

Check-in/Check-out

  • Check-in from14:30
  • Check-out until10:00
  • Reception open until22:00

The property

  • Number of rooms 40

Reviews of YHA Queenstown Lakefront from real guests

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8.5
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10
Cleanliness8.6
Facilities8.8
Location8.3
Room comfort and quality7.6
Service8.7
Value for money8.6
High score for Queenstown
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9+ Exceptional (50)
8-9 Excellent (31)
7-8 Very Good (27)
6-7 Good (20)
<6 Below Expectation (9)
Time of the year
Mar - May (32)
Jun - Aug (33)
Sep - Nov (28)
Dec - Feb (44)
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10.0
Exceptional
Kok from Malaysia
Couple
Twin Room with Shared Bathroom
Stayed 1 night in September 2018

Value for Mo ney”

We enjoyed stay the YHA Queenstown lakefront, nice view in front of Hostel. We have free breakfast with pancake for us to cook ourselves. I like everything in this hostel include the shared clean bathroom, big kitchen, surrounding environment. Shuttle bus to airport in front of hostel. Very convenient to travel around. Good walk along the lake to town and enjoyed the nice scenery, will definitely back this hostel again for next visit.

Reviewed June 16, 2019

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8.3
Excellent
Sandy from New Zealand
Solo traveler
Stayed 3 nights in August 2015

Great value with beautiful views”

Warmth, Staff knowledge and friendly service, views

I've stayed at YHA Queenstown Lakefront many times and every time, the staff have been very helpful with booking shuttles and giving advice about activities in Queenstown. As I was only staying 3 nights this trip and eating out most of the time, we didn't bring any tea or coffee so it's great to be able t buy single tea bags when you just want to have a cup of tea. Some areas for improvement could be ventilation in some of the rooms as our skylight twin share was rather stuffy. Staff told us there were improving these rooms with renovation so that's good to know. I'll be back, I'm sure. Also, lovely view of the lake and mountains.

Reviewed September 01, 2015

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8.3
Excellent
LIM from Singapore
Solo traveler
Stayed 1 night in December 2012

Great location!”

Great location!

YHA Queenstown lakefront is located about 10 mins walk away from the heart of the action in town. However, I love the proximity of the hostel from the lakefront and the view is amazing! The rooms are a tad small but everything is clean and tidy there. It will be a great location for one to just laze around the lakefront or walk around since the view is astounding.

Reviewed December 18, 2012

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9.7
Exceptional
Lars from Germany
Solo traveler
1 Person in 3-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
Stayed 2 nights in October 2012

Great value and good location”

location is a bit outside the noisy "downtown" party area of Queenstown - so you get some sleep here!

being the yha "outside" of the centre (means 10 min. walking...) this is one of the best hostels in queenstown. you easily avoid the noisy party area "downtown" and get a spacious and clean place. staff is super friendly and helpful and the value for money is much better than in yha central or in the infamous nomads. definitively recommended!

Reviewed November 04, 2012

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10.0
Exceptional
Reid from United States
Solo traveler
Stayed 3 nights in November 2018

Clean, well-equipped, and convenient ”

The staff here welcomed me pleasantly and got me off to my first-ever hostel experience on the right foot. It was a crowded week in Queenstown, so my room was full, but the showers, laundry, and other facilities were certainly large enough to accommodate everyone. The location is great, especially for the value of the room. I would definitely recommend this to someone looking for a hostel experience.

Reviewed November 20, 2018

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Hey Reid, Thank you so much for such a lovely review! We work really hard as a team to ensure everyone has the best possible experience during their stay with us and it sounds like you were not let down! I will be sure to pass on your awesome feedback to the team! Thanks again and safe travels, Sue Fairclough, Operations Manager, YHA Queenstown Lakefront

Responded November 26, 2018
YHA Queenstown Lakefront
10.0
Exceptional
Sarah from United Kingdom
Couple
Stayed 5 nights in August 2016

Beautiful hostel with amazing views ”

A beautiful 10 minute walk to centre of Queenstown. Rooms and bathrooms were spotless and very friendly staff. Good value for money

Reviewed August 15, 2016

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8.8
Excellent
Kunal from Malaysia
Group
1 Person in 6-Bed Dormitory with Shared Bathroom - Mixed
Stayed 3 nights in April 2018

Excellent”

Nice lakefront view from outside the hostel. Friendly staff that helped us alot in giving suggestions on activities. Bathroom was satisfactory, the dry bath mats were always run out, making the bathrooms frequently wet. Location is abit far off from the town centre and although it's not a long walk, on a cold day and after a day of tiring activities, the walk can seem a lot longer and more tiresome. Good kitchen and other facilities

Reviewed April 08, 2018

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8.0
Excellent
Matthew from United States
Couple
Stayed 4 nights in July 2012

Great service all around”

Advice and staff

This place has what you need for an unplanned trip to Queenstown. The staff are great and very good at giving recommendations and facilitating your bookings. Awesome facilities and tidy rooms for economy traveling. This place is a little out of town, which makes for a brisk walk in but it can be nice to be a bit further out. The view of the Remarks is awesome.

Reviewed November 19, 2012

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9.3
Exceptional
Anne from Australia
Solo traveler
Twin Room with Shared Bathroom
Stayed 4 nights in January 2014

Beautiful walk there”

Comfortable bed, friendly and helpful staff

Had a good few nights stay here. We were lucky to be on the top floor which seemed quieter than the other floors. I would presume most partygoers stay more centrally which was our main reason for picking this yha. It is a beautiful walk along the river to get there. Was cleaned daily to a good standard but we noticed some people didn't bother cleaning up after themselves in the kitchen!! Very friendly and helpful staff which was nice.

Reviewed January 31, 2014

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8.3
Excellent
Barbara from Ireland
Couple
Double Room with Shared Bathroom
Stayed 6 nights in August 2012

Nice location, clean with good facilites”

Nice views, clean facilities, friendly staff

Nice location with lovely views over the lake. Not to far to the centre of town (10-15 min walk). Good cooking facilities, though they might get a bit crowded when the hostel is full. Good value for Queenstown. Friendly, helpful staff. Would be nice to have free wifi.

Reviewed August 22, 2012

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8.0
Excellent
Huimin from Singapore
Couple
Double Room with Shared Bathroom
Stayed 3 nights in December 2015

Accommodation at YHA Central”

Convenient, Centralize, Comfortable

YHA Lakefront was under renovation, thus, we are arranged to stay at YHA Central. It was very convenient to everything.

Reviewed January 02, 2016

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9.7
Exceptional
Wai from Malaysia
Solo traveler
Stayed 1 night in September 2012

Helpful staff and good facilities”

Scenic view of Lake Wakatipu and warm bathrooms

I love the big kitchen with all the utensils available to use. Too bad I wasn't a YHA member.. If not I could have enjoyed more discounts from the activity bookings with them. However there is a 15 minute walk to the most happening street - Shotover Street.

Reviewed September 25, 2012

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9.6
Exceptional
Yuan from Taiwan
Solo traveler
Single Bed in 8-Bed Dormitory Room
Stayed 2 nights in February 2019

Wish I could stay longer”

The YHA staffs did a great job! Every single one of them I met was very friendly and kind. The hostel is bright and clean, I really saw them cleaning the kitchen 4am in the morning! It's a pleasant stay and I wish I could stay longer :)

Reviewed February 18, 2019

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Hey Yuan, what a fantastic review, thank you so much! I will be sure to pass on your kind words to the rest of the team :) Safe travels - Sue Fairclough, Operations Manager, YHA Queenstown Lakefront

Responded February 25, 2019
YHA Queenstown Lakefront
7.7
Very good
LIM from Singapore
Solo traveler
Twin Room with Shared Bathroom
Stayed 2 nights in December 2012

Good location with small rooms.”

Good location

My second time staying here and i suggest taking up twin private and not the one with skylight. The skylight only offers a small glazed window at the ceiling to allow sunlight to enter, no view at all. This time round is much better as the room offers a view of the lake or the town. Staff is generally friendly and security is good as main doors will be locked at around 10 or 11pm. A great location if you just want to relax and if you need some action in town, is only a 10 min walk away and you will be accompanied by great views of the lakefront throughout the walk.

Reviewed December 18, 2012

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8.0
Excellent
jiyeon from Australia
Couple
Twin Room with Shared Bathroom
Stayed 2 nights in April 2013

good location relaxing lake sides”

convenice location good price lovely place

I had really really good time there on my holiday I always using yha..yha never make you disappointment. good price good recognized..

Reviewed July 02, 2013

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8.8
Excellent
celine from France
Solo traveler
Twin Room with Shared Bathroom
Stayed 1 night in April 2017

Good ”

Good experience overall. Clean, quiet, well equipped, friendly staff, great location with views on the lake if you don't mind being out of the city center (10 min walk by the lake)

Reviewed April 05, 2017

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8.8
Excellent
Jessica from Singapore
Couple
1 Person in 8-Bed Dormitory with Shared Bathroom - Mixed
Stayed 2 nights in December 2017

Excellent”

The place is clean and well-maintained, with a huge kitchen with all the pots and pans and other utensils provided. The location is a little far away from the city centre, (approx 15 mins walk) but it is a good and scenic walk from the accomodation to the city centre as it is linked via a park. Also, do note that the ventilation of the sleeping area is not that great - it was really warm and humid during summer.

Reviewed December 15, 2017

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6.7
Good
Kyoko from Japan
Solo traveler
1 Person in 6-Bed Dormitory with Shared Bathroom - Mixed
Stayed 2 nights in June 2014

Nice. ”

Price, place, clean

If I will visit Queenstown, I will stay the YHA again.

Reviewed June 25, 2014

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8.7
Excellent
Yamamoto from Japan
Solo traveler
1 Person in 8-Bed Dormitory with Shared Bathroom - Mixed
Stayed 2 nights in November 2012

nice location, great facilities”

location, people, and facilities

awesome and beutiflu location, bit far from the central city but really good to walk near the lake on the way to the city. and good facilities, clean and tidy room too.

Reviewed November 29, 2012

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10.0
Exceptional
retha from Indonesia
Solo traveler
Stayed 2 nights in August 2018

The view superb”

Best yha that i've been visit

Reviewed August 12, 2018

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