All about our central, lakefront, family friendly accommodation in Queenstown

the Absoloot HISTORY


On the 1st April 2010, Absoloot Value Accommodation (AVA), began life in beautiful Queenstown, New Zealand. We took over the old Thomas Hotel on the lakefront and gave the town something it was crying out for – a brand new ‘flash-packers’.

After being open for 5 years we decided it was time for a major upgrade to our facilities and we gave the guests what they had been asking for. We removed our tiny kitchen from behind reception to the 2nd level and removed one of our rooms to give more space and achieve a stunning view of the lake and mountains around us. We also installed a new shared bathroom on the first level and removed some of the en-suite toilets from the smaller 6 bed dorms to give a cheaper option as well as ore space in those rooms. 

After a few more very successful years, in 2019 we decided we could do even better – enter Absoloot Hostel QT! A brand new name, brand new logo and swish new website to appeal to the guests who are after the Absoloot experience; Adventure, Atmosphere, Experience, Location, Views and Smiles. If that wasn’t enough we also gave our private rooms a makeover and stripped out all the noisy metal bunks form our dorm rooms. In their place we installed extremely sturdy, comfy, wooden bunks, hand made and painted by ourselves to give our guests the most comfortable stay possible. All 96 bunkbeds are equipped with personal reading light, power points and locked storage. 

Spectacularly located on the Wakatipu lakefront, Absoloot is designed for you – the backpacker, flash-packer, value-seeking, independent traveler of every age and background.

As Absoloot enters adulthood, there will be plenty of high times, low times and lessons to be learnt, but Absoloot is up for every challenge and experience… and there’s much to be challenged by and to be experienced in New Zealand’s adventure capital. So we hope you join Absoloot on the journey and come and join us in 2020!

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