Queenstown: Nomads Hostel
For a few extra dollars a night than you’d pay at Base, you can stay at Nomads. Slightly further away from the main party scene (a five minute walk), the hostel is spotless, so much so that you are pretty much guaranteed to not contract salmonella from eating out of its crockery. The communal area is large and you are allowed to drink in it, but come 9pm everyone is kicked out, and staff will actually come around to each room and make sure any beverages still being consumed aren’t laced with vodka. Despite this pitfall, Nomads hosts pub crawls, themed parties and BBQs pretty much every night, and best of all offers free dinner. As all staff working here are from Leeds, “dinner” will only ever consist of bangers and mash or spag bol made with minced pigs’ testicles, but again – it’s free, so who really cares. Bathrooms are large, communal and mixed – so perfect for shagging you roomies in; the common area is massive with a constant buzz around the pool table; there’s a fireplace in the lobby and also a drying room should you come down the mountain with soggy snow gear. Reception is 24 hours and is attached to a Mad Travel Shop. Best of all, because the hostel isn’t above to a bar, getting an okay night’s sleep is actually possible without the aid of earplugs. But like all backpackers in Queenstown, there’s no free wifi – just pay-by-day Global Gossip that only really works in the lobby, so you’re better off just walking up the road to Maccas.