I’ve lived in Auckland since June 2012 and since then I’ve been trying to see as much of New Zealand as I can so when I managed to bag some time off work just after Easter in March my friends and I decided to take a short 4 day trip to Queenstown.
We decided to stay at Nomads Queenstown on Church St, a 2 minute walk from Lake Wakatipu’s waterfront and perfectly located for exploring the resort town’s famous nightlife which we planned to check out after our jammed-packed schedule of luging, riding the gondoliers up to Skyline, cruising Milford Sound, visiting Wanaka and Arrowtown and of course, seeing what all the fuss was about at Fergburger – all of which I’d recommend doing if you’re planning a trip to Queenstown.
First impressions of our 4-bed ensuite dorm room were great. It was clean, spacious and the beds were comfortable. Not only did we have a balcony but there were also some small but well thought out details which made our stay better:
Firstly the ensuite bathroom was actually ensuite bathrooms; one had a shower and sink and the other had a toilet and sink meaning there was less queuing and waiting to get ready.
Secondly, each bed had its own wall-mounted light; no getting up to turn off the light or disturbing your dorm-mates while reading. Thirdly, there were plugs in both bathrooms (perfect for drying or straightening my hair) and in the bedroom where we safely charged our phones and cameras on the wall-mounted lockable shelves.
I also liked the fact that to get into the room we had to use swipe cards which we also had to use at the front door and show at reception (which is open 24 hours) late at night for added security.
The hostel has a huge open plan lounge with lots of leather sofas and a balcony and even though the kitchen was a bit cramped at busy times, especially between the worktops, it was always pretty clean with fresh tea-towels and free tea/coffee.
The free breakfast consisted of white bread with condiments – we couldn’t really complain as it was free but the option of wholemeal bread as well would have been nice.
The atmosphere of the hostel was friendly (we even got given Easter eggs at check-in!) and staff are always on hand to help if needed. There was even a sauna and a movie room which we unfortunately didn’t get to use because we were so busy on the 4 day trip.
In this hostel you’ll either get a room at the front with views of the lake or views of the mountains behind the town. We got the latter but it was still a pretty spectacular view to wake up to in the morning.
Downstairs in reception there’s also a booking desk for any activities you want to do while you’re in Queenstown and lots of computers – there is also wifi in the hostel but, like the computers, you have to pay for it.
As for pricing, you’re looking at $31 – $34NZD per night for a dorm which is about average for a resort-town like Queenstown.
Overall if you’re looking for a clean, comfortable hostel in a great location I’d definitely recommend Nomads Queenstown.
Disclaimer: Nomads Queenstown kindly offered me a complimentary stay however all opinions are my own.