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The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card ???? Should numbers or room selection change, the per person deposit times the number of people who actually travelled will be deducted from the total accommodation charge levvied by the hostel.

The following group types are not accepted by this hostel: Holiday with Friends, Junior / Primary School, High / Secondary School, College / University, Business Trip, Stag/Hen/Bachelor Party, Sports Group, Cultural Group If you have misrepresented the type of group you are booking for, your booking may be cancelled by the hostel."

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Southern Laughter Backpackers

Book more than 2 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Wonderful Location
  • Marvellous Staff
  • Good Cleanliness
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Property Description

Come and stay at Southern Laughter!

As one of the most popular properties in Queenstown we offer a great stay in a great location and it's just a short walk to all the attractions, bars, shops and restaurants.

Enjoy free off street parking, free hot veggie soup every night, free spa pool, free luggage storage, and drinks discounts all around town just for staying with us.

All of our rooms come fully made up with linen and duvets, and most of the dorms include en-suite and/or kitchen facilities. We also have two big kitchens and TV lounges to relax in (free DVDs available), free unlimited WIFI, and two sunny BBQ decks with amazing views of the Remarkables mountain range.

The friendly team at 'the Laughter' are all experienced travellers and can book you any of the huge variety of activities available in and around town. So whether you fancy jumping out of a plane at a great height, bungy jumping off a bridge in the place where it all started or something a little more sedate such as cruising on the majestic Milford Sounds come and see us at reception and we'll sort it all for you. View House Rules


Featuring two barbecue decks with insane views of the Remarkables Mountains, Southern Laughter Backpackers is in pretty much the perfect location. And we've got lots of other awesomeness going for us as well, from the free nightly veggie soup to our hot tub – bliss after snowboarding or hiking. Up for partying? We get you drink deals all over town! Or if you're staying in and cooking, there are two roomy kitchens, plus two lounges with flatscreen TVs for putting your feet up while using the free Wi-Fi.


Our team on the tour desk are all travel experts – make friends with them and they'll tell you what not to miss in the local area, from bungee jumping to cruising the world-class Milford Sound. To get here from Queenstown Airport, jump on the public bus. It'll take you 20 minutes to the O'Connells Mall stop, then we're a 4-minute walk from there. We're a 3-minute walk from the Skyline gondola – ride to the top for the views, then luge down for the fun!

Rooms and Dorms

All our twin and double private rooms and mixed dorms have beds that are made up on arrival with free linen and duvets. You can hire a towel from reception, so there's no excuse not to dive straight into Lake Wakatipu! Most dorms include en-suites, so you won't have to head into the corridor to look for a bathroom, and some even have their own kitchens (ideal for late-night snacks).

Extras and activities

You can go for the late check-out option if you're leaving Queenstown later in the day (or if you just had a heavy night). Drop your bag in the luggage storage and head off for a walk around the lake (the shore's just a 4-minute stroll away). We've got free city maps if you need help finding your way there. If you're cruising around New Zealand in a car, we have free off-street parking for you to use.

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 7.6

  • Security 7.8

  • Location 8.9

  • Staff 8.6

  • Atmosphere 7.4

  • Cleanliness 6.8

  • Facilities 7.2

Latest Reviews

  • 9.7


    12 Mar 2020
    Staff were very helpful, friendly and did a great job showing us around the hostel for amenities. There was plenty of free parking available offered by the hostel and a short walk to the center of Queenstown. Laundry facilities worked great (can purchase detergent packets for $2 NZ from staff). Cleanliness could be improved with the toilet and shower facilities however I greatly enjoyed my stay at this hostel and Queenstown.
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 9.1


    26 Feb 2020
    Good for backpackers. Prime location
    Bangladesh, Male, 25-30
  • 8.6


    02 Jan 2021
    Great location. Close to the city and Gondola station. Warm room with heater inside. Good wifi. Bathroom and toilet could be cleaner, but understandable due to many guests stay.
    Thailand, All Female Group, 25-30
  • 8.3


    03 Jan 2021
    Thank you for thecstay
    New Zealand, All Female Group, 41+
  • 8.3


    12 Mar 2020
    Everything was really good - But it could be nice with extra towels at the bathrooms (handtowel and bath mat)
    Denmark, All Female Group, 18-24
  • 8.0


    28 Dec 2020
    Good experience overall. It’s just five mins walk from town centre so you literally could walk back and forth if you need to. Amazing at night noise control which can be a common problem with downtown hostels. Very helpful, friendly and patient reception staff. Cleanliness can be improved throughout. No charging station for my upper bunk bed and moving up and down was a bit of an inconvenience. Water from the shower head was either too hot or the other way. Good value for money still.
    China, Female, 25-30
  • 8.0


    10 Mar 2020
    We felt this hostel was a good value for Queenstown with an awesome location. The pros for us were the location, recommendations from staff, huge kitchen (actually there are two!), comfy beds. It also seems to have a nice social atmosphere. Probably not the cleanest and unfortunately no breakfast included, but we were looking for a convenient, cozy, cheap stay, and it was totally that!
    USA, Female, 31-40
  • 7.4

    Very Good

    24 Feb 2020
    It was a pleasant place, although somewhat squished and crowded. Nice atmosphere otherwise and really nicely decorated. The cleanliness was okay. I was only bothered that there were almost no electrical sockets anywhere.
    Slovenia, Female, 18-24
  • 3.7


    02 Mar 2020
    Australia, Male, 41+
  • 3.4


    09 Mar 2020
    Dirty, broken fittings and some of the rudest staff I’ve ever met. We didn’t stay the night and left for another hostel.
    England, Female, 25-30
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  • Free City Maps
  • Free Parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • BBQ
  • Card Phones
  • Common Room
  • Hair Dryers For Hire
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Parking
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Late check-out
  • Luggage Storage
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
  • DVD's