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YHA Queenstown Lakefront
YHA Queenstown Lakefront
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Lobby, YHA Queenstown Lakefront in Queenstown
Interior view, YHA Queenstown Lakefront in Queenstown
Interior view, YHA Queenstown Lakefront in Queenstown

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8.6

Excellent

482 reviews

482 reviews

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

YHA Queenstown Lakefront

88-90 Lake Esplanade, Queenstown City Center, Queenstown, New Zealand - See map

The car parking and the Wi-Fi are always free, so you can stay in touch and come and go as you please. Strategically situated in Queenstown City Center, allowing you access and proximity to local attractions and sights. Don't leave before paying a visit to the famous Queenstown Gardens. This 3.5-star property features restaurant to make your stay more indulgent and memorable.

Highlights

Inside city center

Excellent view

910 meters to Queenstown Cemetery

Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

Daily housekeeping

Hygiene Plus

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Safety Features
Staff trained in safety protocol
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Preventative Equipment
Hand sanitizer
Free face masks
Health and Medical
First aid kit
Doctor/nurse on call

Facilities

Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

BBQ facilities

Luggage storage

Cash withdrawal

Car park [free of charge]

Game room

Shops

Coffee shop

Your dates are popular among travelersUsers are booking a place in Queenstown every 11 minutes on Agoda.com
Value for money8.5
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

Bed in 6-Bed Dormitory Room - Lake View
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  • Room size: 17 m²/183 ft²
  • Lake view
  • 1 single bed
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Bed in 4-Bed Dormitory Room - Lake View
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  • Room size: 17 m²/183 ft²
  • Lake view
  • 1 single bed
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Bed in 8-Bed Dormitory Room - Lake View
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  • Room size: 19 m²/205 ft²
  • Lake view
  • 1 single bed
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Single Room
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  • Room size: 7 m²/75 ft²
  • Shower
  • 1 single bed
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Double Room with Shared Bathroom
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  • Room size: 7 m²/75 ft²
  • Shower
  • 1 double bed
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Queen Room
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  • Room size: 10 m²/108 ft²
  • Shower
  • 1 queen bed
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Queen room with Ensuite - Lake View
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  • Room size: 13 m²/140 ft²
  • Lake view
  • 1 queen bed
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Bed in 4-Bed Dormitory Room
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  • Room size: 15 m²/161 ft²
  • Shower
  • 1 single bed
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Twin Room
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  • Room size: 18 m²/194 ft²
  • Shower
  • 2 single beds
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Triple Room
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  • Room size: 15 m²/161 ft²
  • Shower
  • 3 single beds
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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

  • 10

    Exceptional
    Cleanliness

    "Clean, everything is just nice"

    Monica

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    November 19, 2020

  • 9.6

    Exceptional
    Cleanliness

    "My dorm was clean too."

    Nur

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    March 9, 2020

  • 10

    Exceptional
    Location

    "Good walk along the lake to town and enjoyed the nice scenery, will definitely back this hostel again for next visit."

    Kok

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    June 16, 2019

Property ranking|Compared to 725 Queenstown properties
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Value for money score
8.5/10
Room comfort score
7.6/10
Service score
8.7/10
Cleanliness score
8.6/10
Better than
94
%
of Queenstown properties
Better than
93
%
of Queenstown properties
Better than
91
%
of Queenstown properties
Better than
91
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of Queenstown properties
Overall rating:

8.6

Excellent
482 reviews
Cleanliness
8.6
Facilities
8.8
Location
8.3
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More about YHA Queenstown Lakefront

More about YHA Queenstown Lakefront

YHA Queenstown Lakefront

YHA Queenstown Lakefront is the perfect choice for travelers who want to take in the sights and sounds of Queenstown. Experience an urban escape in Queenstown with a stay at YHA Queenstown Lakefront, with its exceptional location right in the city center. Variety is the spice of life. YHA Queenstown Lakefront offers an abundance of choices in activities, with its location just 970 m from the Queenstown Gardens.
The superior services and facilities offered at YHA Queenstown Lakefront will make for a memorable stay. Post your pictures and answer your emails whenever you want, with the hostel's free Wi-Fi internet access. Parking is available and free, provided by the hostel for guests with their own transportation. The helpful staff at the front desk can assist you with services including luggage storage.
If you want seats to city's best entertainment, you can get help through the hostel's ticket service and tours. The hostel even offers a fireplace for a warm atmosphere on chilly nights. The hostel's on-site laundromat and laundry service help you keep your favorite travel outfits clean so you can pack less. In-room conveniences include daily housekeeping, so you can relax and enjoy your stay.
Some small or last-minute needs can be quickly fulfilled by the convenience stores without having to leave the hostel. The hostel is entirely non-smoking, ensuring a clean air environment.


Dining and things to do

Wake up bright and energetic in the mornings with a cup of good coffee offered at the cafe right at the hostel. Never let hunger affect your travel plans! Restaurants on-site provide convenient and tasty dining options. YHA Queenstown Lakefront has vending machines for 24-hour available light snacks and/or drinks. If you're truly selective about eating, you'll be grateful for the in-house BBQ facilities and shared kitchen available here.
YHA Queenstown Lakefront lets you make the most of your time! Once there, you can enjoy countless recreational facilities offered to all guests. The hostel's host of recreational offerings ensures you have plenty to do during your stay. Ski every day of your trip with an easy access to on-site ski slopes. In a competitive mood? Get sporty with your travel group or other guests at the hiking trails in the hostel. Have some relaxing fun with family and friends at the library and shared lounge and TV area.
Souvenir shopping for yourself or those back home takes no time at all at the shops.


Reasons to stay here

Rooms here are cheaper than 97% of accommodations in the city.
Past guests rate facilities here higher than 95% of the city's accommodation.
This hostel's food and dining score higher than 95% of accommodations in the city.

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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
  • Swedish
Internet access
  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  • Internet services
  • Wi-Fi in public areas
Things to do, ways to relax
  • Game room
  • Garden
  • Hiking
  • Skiing
  • Ticket services
  • Tours
Cleanliness and safety
  • Anti-viral cleaning products
  • Cashless payment service
  • Daily disinfection in all rooms
  • Daily disinfection in common areas
  • Doctor/nurse on call
  • First aid kit
  • Free face masks
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hot water linen and laundry washing
  • Physical distancing of at least 1 meter
  • Professional-grade sanitizing services
  • Rooms sanitized between stays
  • Safe dining setup
  • Shared stationery removed
  • 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
  • Heating in public area
  • Laundromat
  • Laundry service
  • Library
  • Luggage storage
  • Shops
  • Smoke-free property
  • Smoking area
For the kids
  • Family room
Access
  • CCTV in common areas
  • CCTV outside property
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Pets allowed
  • Security [24-hour]
  • Smoke alarms
Getting around
  • Bicycle parking
  • 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 may be requested directly from the property.
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

Provided by verified guests of Agoda
8.5
/
10
Cleanliness8.6
Facilities8.8
Location8.3
Room comfort and quality7.6
Service8.7
Value for money8.5
High score for Queenstown
Rating
9+ Exceptional (53)
8-9 Excellent (31)
7-8 Very Good (27)
6-7 Good (20)
<6 Below Expectation (10)
Time of the year
Mar - May (32)
Jun - Aug (33)
Sep - Nov (28)
Dec - Feb (48)
All guests (187)
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10.0
Exceptional
Kok from Malaysia
Couple
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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