The Flaming Kiwi Best Queenstown Backpackers 2022


We love what we do


We’re passionate about a sense of adventure; meeting new people and making lifelong friends; ensuring all our guests make the most of their time in Queenstown; and creating a home away from home. 

The Flaming Kiwi Best Queenstown Backpackers 2022

Meet the Flaming Kiwi team

Kent - Owner


Kent founded the backpackers in 2002. He’s the one that keeps our Queenstown hostel going. He’s often around, so if you see him, say hi!


Emilia - General Manager


You’ll find Emilia greeting guests and maintaining the homely atmosphere of our backpackers lodge. She keeps the place tidy and up to our high standards, and ensures everyone is having a good time, whether they’re in Queenstown for 36 hours or looking to stay long-term.


Travelling around the world and exploring different cultures has been Emilia’s passion for many years. If the weather doesn’t allow her to be outside, you’ll find her in the kitchen trying new recipes - she’s definitely a foodie and loves her coffee.


Talk to Emilia about: Queenstown skiing in winter, Queenstown hikes in summer and Queenstown cafes and restaurants all day, every day.


Pierangelo - Assistant Manager


Pier is always helping people - whether it’s hostel guests or staff. You can usually find him on reception or helping out with maintenance, making sure everything is up to scratch in our home away from home. He loves to chat and make others laugh with his sarcastic jokes. Like most Italians, his nap time is a must - luckily for him ours are some of the comfiest beds in Queenstown!


Talk to Pier about: Everything! Especially what to do and see around Queenstown.