When in Queenstown, you’ll want to make a base for a few days at least. And you’d be well advised to make it a comfortable one, as Queenstown has a lot to offer and you’ll be out and about on adventures all day.
When I was last in Queenstown, I stayed at Nomads. Meagaan and I had been touring the country for two weeks already, and we were looking forward to a place where we could relax for a few nights in a row, be comfortable, and yet be right in the middle of where the action was. Nomad was a great choice, and it has to be said, it must be one of the best hostels in New Zealand.
Nomad’s Hostel is located on Church Street right next to beautiful Lake Wakatipu; just a 2 min walk away from Queenstown Gardens, the local park. Meagaan and I had a private ensuite twin room on the third floor and had amazing views over the lake, the Remarkables and pretty Queenstown.
Nomads offer a variety of rooms and options to fit every backpacker’s needs. From the budget traveller seeking a dorm room to flashpackers wanting a more polished, private experience, it’s all there. Our twin ensuite featured a small balcony, a very clean, modern bathroom with shower, a fridge, and plasma TV with Sky channels. Certainly more of a flashpacker experience, and to be honest, why pay for a hotel when you can get something new and stylish for less?
Needless to say, I was really impressed with this hostel. I am not part of the 20-something budget backpacking crowd anymore, although the dorm section of this hostel does cater to this group predominantly, which was obvious when we walked into the common room areas of the hostel. Nomads Queenstown has a fully equipped modern kitchen, a lounge with a fireplace and pool table, internet access with WiFi throughout (for a fee), a sauna, and, free dinner.
Say what? Free dinner… yes. To be honest, that is an experience I would not repeat, although I appreciated the gesture. That said, it is a nice perk for the cash-strapped 19-year old backpacker that needs to save all their pennies to do that bungy. For the crowd of backpackers aged 18-24, this was when they got together in the dining room and discussed bungy jumps, jet boat rides and party plans over a bowl of mash, peas, and sausages.
If that’s not your kind of thing, there is no need to hang out in the common areas – private rooms are all located on one floor it seemed. And there’s plenty of dining options in Queenstown that you don’t want to miss out on, so skip the free dinner and head out to one of the great restaurants!
Disclaimer: Meagaan and I were guests of Nomads Queenstown, who kindly supported our #Blog4NZ trip to raise funds for the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal with a few nights of accommodation. Opinions expressed in this article are my own, as always. A BIG thank you to Nomads Queenstown, especially Aimee, Kate, and Nadine, for their superb hospitality!