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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 8.2

  • Security 7.8

  • Location 9.5

  • Staff 8.6

  • Atmosphere 8.1

  • Cleanliness 7.2

  • Facilities 7.4

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    28 Nov 2019
    We had a Nice stay. We staid in a Private room it was clean. The distance to the city center is perfect to walk. Friendly staff.
    Netherlands, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0


    22 Nov 2019
    I stay at Southern Laughter for 4 nights in Nov 2019. The staff were all very helpful and available. The rooms, facilities, and common areas were simple and clean. Would not hestitate to stay here again the next time I am in Queenstown.
    Canada, Mixed Group, 31-40
  • 10.0


    22 Nov 2019
    Brilliant !
    Scotland, Male, 41+
  • 9.7


    15 Nov 2019
    I am very pleased with southern Laughter Backpackers. ' thank you', and is there any chance of re booking for November 14th and 15th of 2020 In the double 'room 7' I would like to know. I do intend to stay the 2 nights next year. I book 2 nights , I will still stay the Friday 14th and Sat 15th November 2020, I Indeed feel it is value for money. Oh, I Found my mobile phone. 2 Kitchens! Well that was great news, and I didn't have to climb stairs to get to the 2nd one, A lady showed me. 0279236884
    New Zealand, Female, 41+
  • 9.4


    15 Nov 2019
    Southern Laughter was pretty perfect for the weekend me and my mates had in Queenstown. Absolutely perfect location, 4 person room was spacious, lounge was cosy, kitchen well equipped, hot tub was clean, staff were super friendly. Great place for people that are laid back.
    England, Female, 25-30
  • 9.1


    26 Nov 2019
    Great hostel right in the heart of Queenstown. Quieter and clean place. Host was amazing, helped us out a lot.
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 9.1


    15 Nov 2019
    Great location, good sized room for my group. Parking was very handy
    England, Mixed Group, 25-30
  • 7.4

    Very Good

    26 Oct 2019
    Washrooms are not so good.. congested place for washrooms.
    India, Male, 25-30
  • 6.0


    06 Nov 2019
    Place was clean but a lot of things in disrepair and the lock on the balcony door was hard to open and seemed like a fire hazard if trying to get out. People were up late chatting at 11:30 pm and trashed one of the kitchens and to add insult to injury somebody took my 6 pack of beer from my cooler in the fridge during the night. My suspicion is someone came in from the street as anyone could walk in around the back. The two building hostel and probably only one person on duty contributed.
    USA, Male, 41+
  • 5.1


    14 Nov 2019
    I arrived to a double room shared bathroom - kitchen was a mess and filthy - the noise from the other room was loud and the travellers oblivious that another person was sharing the same space. I discovered an inebriated bloke on our couch who became quite aggressive when asked to leave as he was in the wrong place. Overall, the place could be great but the lack of security and state of facilities won’t have me stay again - the bathrooms outdated - kitchens are worn out and nobody seems to care
    Australia, Female, 41+
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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