5 winter hostels in New Zealand

Pic: Cardrona Alpine Resort

Pic: Cardrona Alpine Resort

In our May newsletter we outlined all the fun to be had on a ski holiday in New Zealand. We also listed some of the hostels you could stay at that would give you ready access to the slopes. So you can continue to “save money and do more” here’s some more details about winter accommodation we offer near snowy places. Remember if you sign up to be a VIP Backpackers member you’ll get discounts in all these places.

NORTH ISLAND

Tongariro National Park
For access to the slopes of the incredible Mt Ruapehu look no further than Park Traveller’s Lodge and Station Lodge all within an easy drive to the action. The Station Lodge in Ohakune at the southern end of the park provides ready access to the Turoa ski field (20 minutes) but is not far from Whakapapa ski fields either (40 minutes) .  Park Traveller’s Lodge is closer to the Whakapapa ski fields which has 65 trails. If you’re not here in winter you may wish to consider the Tongariro Crossing at other times of the year, considered one of the best day walks in the world, or some of the excellent cycling and mountain bike tracks in the area. These include the Ohakune Old Coach Road, 42 Traverse and Mountain to Sea cycleway. See both hostels for details.


The Park Traveller’s Lodge
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• Large courtyard w/barbeque & heated spa • Relax with a drink in the new Spiral Bar & Lounge • Contemporary cuisine from the Spiral Kitchen – dinner and breakfast (weekends) available • Large lounge area with open fireplaces and large screen TV with Sky and DVD Player • Free DVD collection • Fully equipped kitchen for self catering • Guest laundry with coin operated washers and dryers • Internet kiosks and wireless internet • Stunning mountain views • Off street parking • Drying room

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Station Lodge
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Station Lodge originally built in 1906 and located in the heart of Ohakune Junction, is on the door step of the UNESCO World Heritage Tongariro National Park. It has been lovingly restored and with the addition of modern facilities is the ideal base for your next great adventure.

Room Types Cost Available
Dorm (4) from $19.26
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Dorm (6) from $19.26
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Double from $38.52
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SOUTH ISLAND

Springfield, Canterbury
Porter’s ski field has an excellent array of slopes for beginners, intermediates and advanced skiers and boarders.  Springfield Hotel is located at the foothills to this area and runs a service to the slopes every day. In summer there’s plenty of good rock climbing in this area.  You could also stay here and travel just 50 minutes to access the world renowned slopes of Mt Hutt.

Springfield Hotel & Backpackers
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A real old fashioned country Hotel situated in the village of Springfield, only 50 minutes west of Christchurch by car. Stop in for a chat with locals or a meal at the bistro on your way to the West Coast.

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Franz Josef
This enormous glacier descends for 12km right down to the western coast of New Zealand. Go in winter and you’ll see fresh snow dumps and appreciate it for what it really is. While it’s not a skiing location there are plenty of other wintery activities you’ll enjoy right on the glacier including hiking (some by helicopter access) and sky diving. There’s also white water rafting, horseriding, kayaking, quad biking and hot springs nearby to enjoy. See Rainforest Backpackers or Chateau Franz for details.

Rainforest Backpackers
Rainforest Backpackers is located in the Franz Josef Glacier village, in the heart of New Zealand`s Glacier Country, which is situated on the South Island`s West Coast and is part of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area.

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Chateau Franz
Welcome to Chateau Franz Backpackers, Franz Josef New Zealand where you will receive a unique West Coast experience in friendly and fun backpacker accommodation. With fantastic views, a rainforest backdrop and a central location, Chateau Franz Backpackers accommodation is ideal for backpackers, independent travellers, families and groups who want to explore the Franz Josef Glacier and the surrounding Glacier Country. Chateau Franz Backpackers offers clean, warm and affordable accommodation, set amongst awe inspiring scenery, with rooms to suit everyone.
Room Types Cost Available
Dorm (4) from $20.80 BOOK
Dorm (ens) from $21.57 BOOK
Double (ens) from $75.49 BOOK

Wanaka
Ski fields in Wanaka need little introduction. Wanaka has been named one of the top 25 ski towns in the world by National Geographic Magazine. That’s because there’s Cardrona Alpine ResortTreble Cone, Snow Park and Snow Farm to choose from for winter fun. Treble Cone is the closest to Wanaka itself. Base has some weekly accommodation deals – book early to reserve one.

BASE Wanaka
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BASE Wanaka has arrived! Only minutes walk from what can only be rated as one of the most beautiful lake and mountain vista views in the world.

Room Types Cost Available
Dorm (8) from $20.03 BOOK
Dorm (6) from $21.57 BOOK
Dorm (F) from $22.34 BOOK
Double/Twin (ens) from $65.48 BOOK

Queenstown
Coronet Peak and The Remarkables are the closest ski fields to Queenstown. Stay at any of the hostels in town and you’ll have ready access to either place. We have four hostels in this town and all will help get you sorted out for action on the slopes. Both ski fields are within a 30 minute drive from Queenstown or you can take public transport like the NZSki Snowline bus that runs regular services to both fields every day.

Pinewood Lodge
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Welcome to Pinewood, ideally located in a beautiful alpine setting away from the bustle of busy streets and yet only 5 minutes walk to the centre of Queenstown. It is close enough for a leisurely stroll to enjoy a variety of shops, internationally renowned restaurants, pubs, bars and clubs to suit all tastes. · Pinewood is set in spacious land-scaped grounds just 5 minutes walk from town. Accommodation ranges from dormitory to double, twin and family units. We can also easily facilitate large groups. · Each block is self-contained with kitchen, lounge and bathroom facilities. · Facilities include a private spa with great views, trampoline, full activity and transport booking service, ski rooms and much more….

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Hope you’re enjoying the VIP Backpacker’s Travel Blog. If there are any travel topics you want covered feel free to contact Jo at viplounge@vipbackpackers.com

Hope you’re enjoying the VIP Backpacker’s Travel Blog. If there are any travel topics you want covered feel free to contact Jo at viplounge@vipbackpackers.com

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