We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

Hippo Lodge Backpackers

Show Prices
Book on TripAdvisor
Trusted partner. We work with to make your booking as easy as possible.
Secure payments. We use industry-leading practices to keep your information secure.
Enter dates for best prices
powered by PriceFinder
1 room
Check In Check Out
Please enter your travel dates to continue
Check Availability
Compare best prices from top travel sites
Management photos
Hippo Lodge Backpackers
View Map
{"widget":{"name":"ibex_photo_carousel","template":"ibex_photo_carousel__widget","dust":{"nav_controls":"ibex_photo_carousel__nav_controls"},"divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_photo_carousel","moduleList":["handlers"],"js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))"}},"scriptFlags":null,"containerClass":null}
Add Photo Write a Review

107 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 98: English reviews
London, England, United Kingdom
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I don't usually stay in hostels and was a bit apprehensive about this one after seeing other reviews. We had a private room which was in a separate part to the dorms. Was a really good location as there were only two other private rooms in this part of the hostel,so very quiet. Presumably, the noise that other reviews refer...

Thank Charlotte H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We checked in with friendly and helpful staff, but were only there for several hours before we were searching for other accomodation (but unfortunately everything else was full because of the peak season) so we had to stay 4 of our planned 5 nights. The lodge is two old houses repurposed into a hostel, and it does have a haphazard...

Thank Skyetikei
Tel Aviv District, Israel
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed there for 4 night, and the only good thing there was the from the reception (Mark if i'm not mistaken). The room we got was also nice. The kitchen was dirty, the lounge was dirty, the rest of the staff were unfriendly and just ignored us. didn't want to spend a minute in there, and we also ate...

Thank 37halel
A TripAdvisor Member
2 reviews
Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

The location was great with everything in Queenstown in walking distance. The staff was very nice and accommodating. The bathroom was a little smelly. Otherwise, this lodge was one of our better experiences during our trip in NZ and I would recommend it.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Warrandyte, Australia
Reviewed 27 August 2016

After spending a week doing a solo hike in the Mt Aspiring National Park, it was fantastic to spend 2 relaxing nights at Hippo Lodge Backpackers. I booked a private room which was located in the upper building of the complex. While the room was small, it was certainly clean and comfortable and had everything needed for my stay. The...

2Thank richard3109
Krabi Town, Thailand
Reviewed 24 August 2016

Spread over 3 buildings each further up the stair strewn hill than the last Hippo lodge is a delight. After your climb up the steep hill from central town you will be rewarded with stunning Vistas of the hills and lake around Queenstown. This alone makes it worthwile. Add to this fabulous staff like Shana (sp?) who was working on...

1Thank Rebecca2016
Reviewed 17 July 2016 via mobile

Friendly and helpful staff and backpackers who can give you guides on fantastic to do activities in Queenstown, clean and comfortable kitchen, living room, restrooms and bedrooms with complete facilities such as laundry service and dryer service. Located on Anderson height, great view over the lake and Queenstown Gondola as well!

Thank JebsenLee
Florianopolis, SC
Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

Amazing place, in center of the city. Recommend it. 😉 Book for 2 months. Excellent place. Nice folks and very good laundry, cheap. The view for city is unbelievable. Have a little stairs, no big problems ;) The internet only 300mb / day. If you need use more you pay for it.

Thank Giuliano S
Reviewed 9 July 2016

i stayed at the hippo lodge for my winter trip. finding the place was no issue, for it's at the heart of queenstown. the lounge area and the kitchen are open 24 hours, so i had no problem fixing something up late at night

Thank Susie C
Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

We booked online but there was no indication that double room was located right next to living room and kitchen... Not a good place to be if you want to sleep. Little consideration from manager and kept up by drunk folks. Not recommended

Thank auspcr

38 photos of this hotel

Traveller photos: See what travellers like you saw

All Traveller Photos (37)
Hotel & Grounds (3)
Room/Suite (10)
View from Room (7)
Dining (5)
Bathroom (3)
Other (9)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

All Management Photos (1)
Other (1)
Check In Check Out
Hotels you might also like...
Travellers also viewed these Queenstown hotels
0.3 km away
Flaming Kiwi Backpackers
Flaming Kiwi Backpackers
#10 of 88 in Queenstown
210 reviews
0.2 km away
Sir Cedrics Tahuna Pod Hostel
0.5 km away
Nomads Queenstown Backpackers
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.2 km away
Haka Lodge Queenstown
Haka Lodge Queenstown
#4 of 88 in Queenstown
414 reviews
0.6 km away
Absoloot Value Accommodation
Absoloot Value Accommodation
#8 of 88 in Queenstown
325 reviews
0.7 km away
The Black Sheep Backpackers
The Black Sheep Backpackers
#39 of 88 in Queenstown
401 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices


  • Free Parking
  • Free Parking
  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Hidden away on Queenstown hill our elevated site offers stunning lake and mountain views over Queenstown- and just minutes away from town, bars and food! Our backpacker hostel caters for travellers looking for a relaxing experience. We are the warmest, cosiest and friendliest hostel around. Comfy beds are made up with fresh linen in centrally heated rooms to keep you toasty. Facilities include an outside barbeque area, 24hr internet, cheap wireless (FREE wifi voucher upon checkin), dvds, and coin-op laundry. Tramping? Use our secure storage area for your excess stuff. Winter sports? Use our locked drying room for your gear and our centrally heated rooms to warm your toes after a day off piste! Enjoy making new friends over a hot cup of free tea or coffee. We are family friendly! We are Queenstown's best kept secret! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Hippo Lodge Backpackers

Address: 4 Anderson Heights, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Queenstown
Price Range: €22 - €57 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 13
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com and HostelWorld so you can book your Hippo Lodge Backpackers reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Hippo Lodge Backpackers Hotel Queenstown
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what travellers have asked, with answers from Hippo Lodge Backpackers staff and other travellers.
2 questions
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Hippo Lodge Backpackers staff and past guests.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travellers prefer

“get the ensuite”
 of 5 bubbles susiec20, 8 Jul 2016 | Read review
“I don't knwo”
 of 5 bubbles 35arnaudk, 15 Jun 2016 | Read review
“the view on the second floor is amazing and the rooms are quiet”
 of 5 bubbles 875christianf, 4 Jul 2015 | Read review
“White house with the double rooms was great.”
 of 5 bubbles coolcatstravel, 1 Feb 2015 | Read review
“A bit of tough walk if you are with heavy luggage from town centre to the hostel, but the room and environment are quiet and comfortable. I stayed in a room that is upstairs and have a good view of the town.”
  • Nice view
  • View from lounge
 of 5 bubbles SiuLam_Chan, 22 Jan 2015 | Read review
5 of 5
Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check Out
Price Your Stay