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Southern Laughter Backpackers

4 Isle Street, Queenstown 9300 New Zealand
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#38 of 136 Specialty lodging in Queenstown
A friendly toasty warm – backpackers located in central Queenstown within quiet surroundings. We have plenty of off street parking and just a 2 minute walk to bars, supermarkets and shops.Our rooms are configurations of cozy 3, 4, 6 or 8 beds as well as 5, 6 and 8 person self contained units with kitchens. We also provide comfortable private double and twin rooms.
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Hot tub
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BBQ facilities
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Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
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Self-serve laundry
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Non-smoking rooms
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Colleen Donaldson wrote a review Dec 2020
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If you want a really great Backpackers, Southern Laughter is the place to go, Clean, good amenities in all area of the hostel, great parking too, plenty of space there re parking, Friendly helpful staff, Great location to towns venues, If you're in the Queenstown Marathon, for example, it is only a 4 min trot down to catch the race bus, and from the race finish line, short walk indeed. Medical centre across the road as is a firestation next to it, 6 min walk to the bulk of shops, tours, boats buses and many other type tours, Economical, I love to be on my own in a room, so I had a double room to myself for only $285 for total of 3 nights. Clean rooms comfortable beds, Quiet for sleeping, good views, staff will do their up most to work out great deals for you, accom with prursuits you want to see do, and tours. they will organsise for you, and take out alot of that headache for you. Ring Toby and Jim, You WONT REGRET IT. 'Good security' too, I like that. Great laundry, living rooms to relax, DVDs, with screen,friendly folk, good clean kitchens, bathroom showers and ablutions, I dint SEE a Games room or BBQ (Though I love BBQs, I just didnt have time to look for one, either, but I 'heard', that during covid lockdown, they 'even converted an area', so people could exercise workout with a mini gym room, Now How Good is that? I think that is GREAT! normally 2 kitchens living rooms, at least in normal non covid times, I am a pretty choosy person, and have travelled around NZ for marathons, so I have stayed many backpackers, Including others in Queenstown, which I had trouble getting a booking back to others, but at Southern Laughter for me was HOME AWAY FROM HOME and I have re booked again for yet another year, Great team working there. I normally travelled solo, but this year I managed to get my friend Shirley there, and When she saw why I recomended it to her, She was delighted, she thanked me for telling her to come to Southern Laughter, she too would definitely re book to stay there, oh yes and we both enjoyed the jokes they had painted around the place on the outside walls and posters of jokes inside, She was laughing at club today and shared the jokes with her Hubby at home,and to other club members at running today. Oh if I say below, NOT SURE its because the question didnt apply to myself, or I just didnt have time to pursue that answer to any particular question,at the time I was there for a marathon, I didnt take photos as my little phome camera wouldnt do justice for such thing. otherwise I would have. maybe next year I will take some, and ask someone to show me how to put them in this survey.
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Date of stay: November 2020
Room Tip: Quiet, rooms, nice comfy beds, fair to good ventilation, lighting.
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Question Everything wrote a review Nov 2020
Queenstown, New Zealand5 contributions1 helpful vote
I have stayed in a couple of different hostels in Queenstown but this one has been my favourite by far and one that I will definitely return to in the future! It's nothing fancy, but it's a hostel so you get what you pay for! The vibe of the hostel is very social and welcoming, other hostels I have stayed in were lacking in the social side and were a little too strict for my tastes. Not this one! They are easy going and understand the importance of nomad travelers meeting and socialising with new people. The staff were nothing but friendly and helpful, the room was clean and comfortable and there is a hot tub which is a nice bonus! I definitely recommend, especially in these times of hardship and uncertainty, these little businesses need all the help they can get!
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Date of stay: November 2020
Andrew wrote a review Nov 2020
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Southern Laughter Hostel is by far the best hostel in Queenstown. Located directly in the heart of the city, you are literally a few minutes walk from the beach, the mountains, so many hikes, and downtown QT! It’s friendly and wonderful staff made me feel welcomed and never did I feel lonely or excluded. They were always going above and beyond to make sure my stay was great! The building has so much character as well - you’ll want to take pictures of every corner. I highly recommend staying here if you are visiting Queenstown, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed! Bonus - They have a hot tub! After a long day on the slopes nothing beats it!
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled solo
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Steffani N wrote a review Nov 2020
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I stayed at Southern Laughter for over ten days and was very happy for the duration of my stay. The hostel was in a perfect location and was great value for money. The staff were super friendly and servicial and we had no problems at all. The atmosphere there was very friendly and relaxed and perfect to meet new people. Just wish I could have stayed longer!
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
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William T wrote a review Nov 2020
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HavIng stayed at the majority of hostels in Queenstown. I have finally found my home for the next couple of months. This is the most homely of them all. The Kitchen and living area are nice and not overcrowded. Showers and facilities always clean and the management go above and beyond to make you feel at home. It has a nice tv and socialising area. Not a party hostel but very sociable and friendly. Also no alcohol ban like the others. You can have a couple of beers in the evening with out being forced into the bars which is a nice touch. The hot tubs also a big plus. Five stars from me
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Traveled solo
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Frequently Asked Questions about Southern Laughter Backpackers
Which popular attractions are close to Southern Laughter Backpackers?
Nearby attractions include iFLY Queenstown (0.05 miles), Escape Quest Queenstown (0.1 miles), and Lake Wakatipu (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Southern Laughter Backpackers?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a hot tub, and laundry service.
What food & drink options are available at Southern Laughter Backpackers?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Southern Laughter Backpackers?
Yes, parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Southern Laughter Backpackers?
Conveniently located restaurants include Fogo Brazilian BBQ Experience, Margo's Queenstown, and Tatsumi.
Is Southern Laughter Backpackers located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.2 miles away from the center of Queenstown.
Are any cleaning services offered at Southern Laughter Backpackers?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to Southern Laughter Backpackers?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Vesta Design Boutique (0.3 miles) and One Mile Power House (0.3 miles).
Does Southern Laughter Backpackers have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.