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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 7 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Perfect Location
  • Marvellous Staff
  • Awesome 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 8.4

  • Security 7.9

  • Location 9.4

  • Staff 8.8

  • Atmosphere 8.0

  • Cleanliness 7.8

  • Facilities 7.7

Latest Reviews

  • 9.1


    03 Feb 2020
    Great spot a little off the beaten path. The hot tub was so nice to chill in, especially when it rained all day and we were warm and covered. Room I had included a bathroom and small kitchen/living area which was fantastic. Would definitely recommend!
    Canada, Female, 31-40
  • 8.3


    04 Feb 2020
    Decent hostel, close to town but away from the noise. Would recommend
    England, Male, 25-30
  • 8.3


    17 Jan 2020
    Room had it's own kitchen, living room and bathroom which was awesome, location was good too, near the Tiki trail and the gondola
    Germany, Female, 18-24
  • 8.0


    29 Jan 2020
    Great location, staff friendly
    USA, Mixed Group, 25-30
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    07 Feb 2020
    Nice hostel. You stay in essentially a little apartment unit with a tiny kitchen. Only frustrating thing was lack of power outlets to charge my phone. There were few and the ones that existed were in odd and inconvenient locations, but that's not really the hostel's fault. Rooms were tight for number of people in them. Staff was very nice!!
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    05 Feb 2020
    Staff were friendly. Room was 4 share with bunk beds even though we booked twin room.Toilets were OK but showers were bit scuzzy and we didn't use them.
    England, All Male Group, 41+
  • 6.9


    16 Feb 2020
    Room pictures on website were alot different than the room I got.
    New Zealand, Female, 41+
  • 6.9


    23 Jan 2020
    Pretty decent. Quieted down at a reasonable hour so that was nice. Laundry was 8 bucks which was a bit annoying but overall it was clean, quiet, and provided what we needed. Got a private room and the whole place didn't have air conditioning - stayed in January and it was quite hot and they don't provide fans like some other places.
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 6.0


    14 Feb 2020
    It was...ok. Very tired looking property, have paid less for better in Queenstown. Not very clean, soaking wet towels in shower room, tissue and water (at least I'm hoping it was water) on the floor of the toilet. Whatever, not that fussed by that as you kinda get what you pay for. Biggest issue was noise. Every step and murmur can be heard. Both nights other guests were making lots of noise outside. Shower above the room being used at 1am. People walking past on verandah all night long.
    England, Couple, 25-30
  • 5.7


    04 Feb 2020
    Cramps quarters. The ppl staying there took up all the space and I could barely walk through. The beds were close and unstable. The bathroom door didnt close. Lots of drunk ppl. No where to hang out. The staff said two sentences to me and didnt show me the facilities or tell me anything. No top sheet on the bed. Not the worst place ever but I would only rate it a 5 out of 10.
    USA, 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