Alpine Lodge Backpackers

13 Gorge Rd.,, Queenstown, New Zealand

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  • So bad we had to leave


    We booked this place after seeing all of the positive reviews on tripadvisor. Big mistake. If only we had seen the review here. We arrived around 5pm and opened the door to see an empty reception that was filthy and stank of cooked food... sitting on the right was a man with no trousers rubbing his thigh? A message at the desk said that Taff (the owner?) Would be back at 5.30pm. WTF? The thigh guy had already been waiting there for an hour. We walked into the back room to see various bodies lying around. After a while we worked out that Taff often went up to his house for a couple of hours. OK, so there was an emergency number to call (with a $20 fine if it wasn't an emergency!), but it can't be normal (let alone legal?) to have people paying to stay in your hostel without anyone there. The fact the place stank and was filthy gave no reason to suggest management cared, let alone would be capable of dealing with an emergency like a fire. We never met Taff. We waited until 5.45 to cancel our previously booked room, and ended up going to one of the multitude of other hostels / motels / hotels to stay in this beautiful town. I don't know if this hostel has changed hands, but the positive TA reviews make no sense to us. The place is a disgrace - the only low point of an amazing journey here in NZ. AVOID AVOID AVOID.

    Unique Quality: Dirty. Smelly. No service.

    Directions: If the door is open, you might be able to smell it.

  • Worst Hostel ever


    This hostel, seems nice from the outside, but the staff is so terrible thad makes everything else bad. We are a couple from argentina and we were treated like ***. I hardly recommend everyone never to visit this hostel. The guy at the front desk, a medium size guy with curly hair, treat visitors as thieves, saying that they are in private property and he`ll call the policy if they don`t leave the hostel. You can imagen how horrible thad was. There are a lot of nice hostels in Queenstown, so leave this one out of your list.

    Unique Quality: Worst Hostel ever the staff treats people like ***,

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Forum Posts

Apart hotel The Point Frankton avenue, Queenstown

by Tilleke

I want to book an apartment at Hotel The Point but I have been told that there are works around. Is that right ?

thank you for your answer
in Belgium

Re: Apart hotel The Point Frankton avenue, Queenstown

by Kakapo2

I know those apartments - but building and road work sites can change permanently. When I was there last time there were no works of any kind. (Pity, my husband was in Queenstown this week and could have looked, had he known...) I would contact the hotel and ask. Even if there are works now they might be finished when you arrive.

Frankton Road BTW is the main road, with trucks thundering past early in the morning, so not the most quiet location anyway. However, it is not as bad as in a real city - but not really quiet either.

Travel Tips for Queenstown

lake wakatipu

by TomorrowsAngel

Lake Wakatipu is S shaped, 90 km long and 3-4 km wide.
Road access allows sailing in all conditions and for all abilities.
Good for windsurfing, kitesurfing, waterskiing, kayaking, boating etc. Frankton Beach
Access: Right in the main town, there is a campground, toilets, BBQ, rigging and parking areas.
Wind: NW = onshore. On fine days wind builds from afternoon Westerleys 5-10 knots to evening Southerleys 10-25 knots.
Water: Flat - small chop. Shallow in most of the bay.
Watch: Other lake users - a popular spot.

Wye Creek
Access: 10 minutes drive from Frankton down the south arm of the lake. is the windiest place on the lake. Camping facilities, parking and grass areas.
Wind: On fine days, a strong Southerly blows from 3.30pm onwards.
Water: Wind swell builds up to 1.5 metres.
Watch: Your gear is safe - there are 5km of cliffs before the next landing beach if windsurfing/kitesurfing.

The One Mile
Access: Exactly one mile from the centre PO in Queenstown in the direction of Glenorchy. There are toilets, a car park and a pebbly beach.
Wind: NW, W, SW can reach up to 25 knots and more. 90 knots recorded
Water: Wind swell builds up to 4 ft.
Watch: Ferry and yacht traffic in the channel.

Kingston Beach
Southern end, good sailing in northerly cond. A few km towards Queenstown access via roadside reserves/beach/boat ramp gives good sailing in southerly thermals which build up to 20 knots in hot afternoons.

5 Jardines Woolshed
"J-Bay" locals catch evening thermals here. Access across Dick and Gillian Jardine's station. Permission required before driving down to beach. See Windsurf Mania in Queenstown. Good in southerlies, sometimes too strong (how strong is that?), chop can reach 2m with dumpy shore break.

Swedish Rounding

by ATXtraveler

Alot of businesses in Queenstown have moved to Swedish Rounding for the prices of most things. Essentially, what this means is that rather than stock 1-cent and 5-cent pieces which are small, and hard to keep track of, they will either round up or down based on the amount of an items final total. If your total ends in 0-5, you will be rounded down to .x0 and if it ends in 6-10, you will be round up to the next ten cent increment.

Frankly, I don't think anyone even notices this difference, since you can't buy anything for .10 anyway! Just be aware that it may not actually compute properly if you are pinching pennies!

The Tunnel

by grets

For the last section through the tunnel, we overshoot the entrance, and have to rock climb back to a suitable spot. We almost end up going over a very evil rapid called The Mother-in-law. We make it the second time. Just as well, as I don't fancy scrambling over the rocks again, dressed as the Michelin Man with slippery welly boots!

The tunnel is something else! Our man at the front who is supposed to guide us through, forgot to take his sunglasses off and can't see where he is going, so we keep bouncing off the walls. It is narrow, low and very, very dark, and right at the end we are thrown out into an amazing rapid where I am sure the entire raft is submersed as we bucke under. Pure excitement!

A funny Introduction to Cowcliffs Hill

by Kakapo2

Right after AJ Hackett’s Bungy Jump (coming from Queenstown) you turn to the right off SH 6, following the signpost to Chard Farm Vineyard.

You get onto a gravel road which starts with this funny sign of the parachuting vehicle. You soon understand why.

After 200 or 300 metres there is a vertical drop to the right, and a view down to the (from spring to autumn) turquoise blue Kawarau River. This is the River Anduin from the Pillars of the Kings of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.


by robertgaz

Wanaka is a small town situated at the southern end of Lake Wanaka and was originally settled during the gold rush excitement of the 19th century.

It is the gateway to Mount Aspiring National Parkand is a resort town for both summer and winter activities.

It is about an hour's drive from Queenstown.


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