Hippo Lodge Backpackers

4 Anderson Heights, Queenstown, New Zealand
+64 3442 5785

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based on 369 reviews
Hippo Lodge Backpackers - Queenstown, New Zealand
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Value for money 7.9
Distance to city center 0.2 mi
Location rating 8.1


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free parking in 4 reviews
great location in 17 reviews
great view in 19 reviews
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  • Good
    Feb 2020

    I liked the relaxed feel of the hostel, and the big kitchen to cook in. The gas cooktop wasn’t working but it wasn’t an issue, kitchen was kept very clean and tidy by all guests. Amazing view of Queenstown from the entrance to the hostel and it was back up the hill so relatively quiet at night.

    The toilets seemed to have a putrid smell, even when freshly cleaned.

  • Excellent
    Feb 2020

    Good, homely & central place. Liked the atmosphere; laid back not too party. The beds are good.

    The wall was really thin, so you could hear everyone in the living room/kitchen.

  • Okay
    Feb 2020

    Amazing views. Pretty good overall.

    Cramped bunks (couldn't sit up). Lots of stairs. Steep walk up from town. No tea or coffee.

  • Excellent
    Feb 2020

    Everything else, especially Holy the host.

    Price was soooo high

  • Okay
    Feb 2020

    The view

    First of all, it was way too expensive compared to what you get and the facilities. We had to leave two days earlier than expected because we couldn’t stand staying - even without being able to get our money back for the last two days. The people living there was staying for a loner period of time, therefore it felt like moving into a bunch of strangers house. They had their things stacked up everywhere in the room and in the bathroom - there was no space for us or our bags as newly arrived backpackers. Secondly, as soon as you entered the property you could smell weed. Some of the residents in this hostel smoked weed in the common areas most of the day and most of the night - with loud music. We really felt uncomfortable here.

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Located in Queenstown on the side of a hill, just 500 metres from Skyline Gondola and Luge, Hippo Lodge Backpackers features a barbecue and a ski storage space. The popular bars and restaurants of Queenstown are within a 10-minute walk. Offering a mix of shared and private accommodation, all rooms feature views of the mountain, lake or garden. Guests have access to a fully-equipped shared kitchen and a communal lounge with a TV. Up to 500 MB of free WiFi is available per day, per person. Free, limited parking is available. Bike hire and car hire are also available at this hostel. For guests who enjoy snowsports, Coronet Peak is a 20-minute drive away and The Remarkables ski area is a 40-minute drive. Shotover River is 900 metres from Hippo Lodge Backpackers, while AJ Hackett Bungy Jumping - Kawarau Bridge is 6 km away. The nearest airport is Queenstown Airport, 6 km from Hippo Lodge Backpackers.




Free parking
Free airport shuttle
Free Wi-Fi
Pet friendly

8.0 Excellent

based on 369 reviews








Value for money

Check in

2:00 PM

Check out

10:00 AM


Policies vary by room type and provider.


Free parking
Designated smoking area
Storage available
Free Wi-Fi
Non-smoking rooms available

FAQs when booking at Hippo Lodge Backpackers

Where is Hippo Lodge Backpackers located?

Hippo Lodge Backpackers is located at 4 Anderson Heights, 0.2 miles from the center of Queenstown. Queenstown CBD is the closest landmark to Hippo Lodge Backpackers.

When is check-in time and check-out time at Hippo Lodge Backpackers?

Check-in time is 2:00 PM and check-out time is 10:00 AM at Hippo Lodge Backpackers.

Does Hippo Lodge Backpackers offer free Wi-Fi?

Yes, Hippo Lodge Backpackers offers free Wi-Fi.

Does Hippo Lodge Backpackers offer free parking?

Yes, Hippo Lodge Backpackers offers free parking.

Does Hippo Lodge Backpackers offer free airport shuttle service?

No, Hippo Lodge Backpackers does not offer free airport shuttle service.

How far is Hippo Lodge Backpackers from the airport?

Hippo Lodge Backpackers is 3.8 miles from Queenstown Intl. Hippo Lodge Backpackers is 96.8 miles from Dunedin.

Does Hippo Lodge Backpackers have a pool?

No, Hippo Lodge Backpackers does not have a pool onsite.


Most Popular Landmarks

  • Queenstown CBD 350 yd
  • Ivan Clarke Gallery 411 yd
  • Queenstown Beach 0.4 mi
  • Kiwi and Birdlife Park 0.4 mi
  • Skyline Gondola 0.4 mi
  • TSS Earnslaw Steamship 0.4 mi

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Dunedin 96.8 mi

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