The Top 9 Backpacker Hostels in Christchurch
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Christchurch is one of the largest and most touristy cities in New Zealand and there are plenty of things to do and see here.

Backpackers should be aware that New Zealand is not a cheap country to visit. There are several ways to make your trip to New Zealand more affordable if you follow the right budgeting advice.

When looking for a hostel in Christchurch, you'll have one less thing to think about thanks to the city's excellent public transportation. Whatever appeals to you, whether it's a hostel near the beach or one further inland and away from the city center, we're sure you'll find a great place to stay to explore this vibrant and energetic city. 

If you plan to stay Downtown, Hagley Park, the River Avon, and the Botanic Gardens are all within walking distance. Even if you pick a beach-side hostel in the Bexley area, you’ll still be surrounded by parks. That’s why people call Christchurch ‘The Garden City’!

To help you plan your trip, we've compiled a list of the best hostels in Christchurch that are affordable on a backpacker's budget. We've even organized them into useful categories for you!

Quick Facts About Hostels In Christchurch

Check-In and Check Out 

The average check-in time is from 3:00 p.m., while the check-out time is before 11:00 a.m. If you arrive early or leave late, most hostels have luggage storage. Check to see if luggage storage is free or if there is an additional fee.

Average Price 

Just to give you an idea, hostels in Christchurch cost 16$ - 22$ USD per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from 42$ up to 90$ USD per night. 

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    Best Budget Hostels In Christchurch

    YHA Christchurch Backpackers

    The YHA Christchurch is a welcoming, spacious 100-year-old building in the heart of Christchurch's city center, close to the Canterbury Museum, Botanical Gardens, and Hagley Park. YHA Christchurch provides 5GB free wifi per day and is a great facility for families and large groups. After a day of exploring, you can relax in the outdoor garden, which includes a BBQ and a fire pit.

    Address: 36 Hereford Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand

    Nearby: Set in the city centre, a 4-minute walk from the Canterbury Museum and 9 km from outdoor activities at Christchurch Adventure Park.

    Contact: +64 3-379 9536

    Rating:

    • Google Review: 4.3/5
    • Tripadvisor Rating: 4/5
    •  Booking.com: 8.5/10

    Amenities:

    • Free High Speed WiFi
    • Baggage storage
    • Shared kitchen
    • Shared lounge / TV area
    • Laundry service
    • Self-serve laundry

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    Kiwi Basecamp Backpackers

    Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, located next to Victoria street, KIWI Basecamp is one of the top places to stay in Christchurch for budget travelers. This hostel bakes fresh bread every morning and guests can enjoy movie nights in their TV lounge. If you want to sit back and relax or start planning your next trip, Kiwi Basecamp is a great choice.

    Address: 69 Bealey Avenue, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand

    Nearby: A 15 minute walk from Merivale shopping center there you will find a variety of shops, banks, and a supermarket. 18-minute walk from Christchurch Arts Centre and a 12-minute walk from Hagley Park. A 3-minute walk from the bus stop.

    Contact:  +64 3-366 6770

    Rating: 

    • Google Review: 4.3/5
    •  Tripadvisor Rating: 3.5/5
    •  Booking.com: 8.4/10

    Amenities:

    • Free breakfast
    • Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)  
    • BBQ facilities
    • Free public parking nearby
    • Baggage storage
    • 24-hour check-in
    • Bowling offsite; Squash offsite

    Best Hostels in Christchurch For Solo Travelers

    Foley Towers - BBH

    If you want to meet people in a quiet, extremely comfortable, and super friendly space then this is the place for you. There are no backpacker bus crowds here, which means no loud parties! Foley Towers has two kitchens and two lounges making it easy to cook and meet new people. They also have two gorgeous gardens full of trees and flowers. 

    All-female accommodations are available by request and private rooms have Wi-Fi and heated  floors. Most have shared bathrooms. Some private rooms offer en suite bathrooms. There's no air-conditioning.

    Address: 208 Kilmore Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand

    Nearby: a 7-minute walk from the nearest bus stop and 2 km from both Hagley Park and Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

    Contact:  +64 3-366 9720

    Rating:

    • Google Review: 4.7/5
    •  Tripadvisor Rating: 4/5
    •  Booking.com: 8.7/10

    Amenities:

    • Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
    • Free parking
    • Currency exchange
    • Laundry service

    Around the World Backpackers

    Around the World Backpackers is one of the friendliest hostels in Christchurch. Located only a 10 minute walk from the city center and central bus station, this hostel offers easy access to all of Christchurch's must-see destinations and activities.

    Around The World Backpackers provides excellent support and all of the necessities for a traveler. Each bed is equipped with its own charging station, bedlight, and pouch. Free WiFi, unlimited calls to national and New Zealand cell phone numbers, towels, tea, coffee, and sugar are all included.

    With an ideal location and facilities to match, this 4-BED DORMS ONLY hostel hits the spot in many ways. 

    Address: 314 Barbadoes Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand

    Nearby: This hostel is a 2 minute' walk from a bus stop, an 11-minute walk from Cathedral Square and 2 km from Hagley Park. The nearest airport is Christchurch Airport, 10 km from Around The World Backpackers.

    Contact: +64 3-365 4363

    Rating:

    •  Google Review: 3.8/5
    •  Tripadvisor Rating: 4/5
    •  Booking.com: 7.6/10

    Amenities:

    • Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
    • Free parking
    • Bicycle rental
    • Baggage storage
    • BBQ facilities
    • Self-serve laundry

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    The Old Countryhouse Backpackers

    This is a perfect place to stay if you're looking for like-minded travelers to start your New Zealand travels with. Old Countryhouse is a friendly place to hang out at the start/end of your journey across the country, or a locally savvy home base from which you can explore incredible Christchurch! They offer personalized guest services and guaranteed good times. You can relax in the spa or sauna area surrounded by tranquil gardens, or watch a few movies with new friends in one of the inviting lounges. 

    Address: 437 Gloucester Street, Linwood, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand

    Nearby: This hostel is a minute's walk from the nearest bus stop, convenience stores and casual eateries, and 3 km from the lake and botanical gardens at Hagley Park.

    Contact:  +64 3-381 5504

    Rating:

    • Google Review: 4.4/5
    •  Tripadvisor Rating: 4/5
    •  Booking.com: 8.8/10

    Amenities:

    • Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
    • Free parking
    • Sauna
    • Hot tub
    • Bicycle rental
    • Car hire
    • Skiing
    • BBQ facilities

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    Best Hostels in Christchurch For Partying

    Urbanz

    A crazy party hostel with amazing daily activities. Urbanz has a nice bar inside with a wide selection of drinks. Enjoy happy hour deals, movie nights, or try to win free drinks on Wednesdays. There is a beautiful central garden where guests can relax and spend some quality time.

    They also have a jobs board to help working holidaymakers find the perfect positions and their staff can help you fill in those tricky tax applications. 

    Address: 273 Manchester Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand

    Nearby: this modern hostel is 2 km from Christchurch Botanic Gardens, 4 km from Christchurch Railway Station and 8 km from New Brighton Pier on Pegasus Bay.

    Contact: +64 3-366 4414

    Rating:

    •  Google Review: 4.1/5
    •  Tripadvisor Rating: 3.5/5
    •  Booking.com: 8.1/10

    Amenities:

    • Breakfast available
    • Bar & Restaurant
    • Free Wifi
    • Self-serve laundry
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Free parking

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    Overall Best Hostels In Christchurch

    Jailhouse Accommodation

    Addington prison was active from 1874 to 1999, and transformed into a hostel in 2006. Since then, it has been voted Top Backpackers Hostel in Oceania and has become a must-stay place amongst adventure junkies. They offer private singles, doubles, twin bunks, and also dorms, as well as some larger rooms that can be used by families or groups.

    They have a travel desk for booking all your New Zealand transport and tickets to Christchurch and South Island attractions at the cheapest rates.

    Address: 338 Lincoln Road, Addington, Christchurch 8024, New Zealand

    Nearby: Christchurch Jailhouse Accommodation is 10 minutes’ walk from the Horncastle Arena and AMI Stadium. It is a 15 minute drive from Christchurch International Airport.

    Contact: +64 3-982 7777

    Rating:

    • Google Review: 4.5/5
    • Tripadvisor Rating: 4/5
    •  Booking.com: 8.5/10

    Amenities:

    • Free parking
    • Free internet
    • Coffee shop
    • Bicycle rental
    • Game room
    • Airport transportation
    • BBQ facilities
    • Baggage storage

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    JUCY Snooze Christchurch

    Luxury privacy pods are available at JUCY Snooze Christchurch. Each pod has a privacy light and blinds, as well as temperature control, a charging port, a luggage locker, and wifi. There are eight pods per room, allowing you to have your own self-contained mini room.

    Here couples can enjoy the queen room with a private bathroom, and friends can book a twin with ensuite. They make sure to have 24/7 reception and offer FREE airport shuttles.

    This is one of the best hostels in Christchurch for female solo travelers.

    Address: 5 Peter Leeming Road, Harewood, Christchurch 8053, New Zealand

    Nearby: JUCY Snooze Christchurch is conveniently located less than a 10-minute walk from Christchurch International and Domestic Airport, 20 minutes' drive from Christchurch CBD (Central Business District) and 33 minutes' drive from Lyttelton Port.

    Contact: +64 800 427 736

    Rating:

    • Google Review: 4.2/5
    •  Tripadvisor Rating: 4/5
    •  Booking.com: 8.4/10

    Amenities:

    • Paid private parking on-site
    • Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
    • Vending machine
    • Board games / puzzles
    • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
    • Airport transportation
    • 24-hour security
    • BBQ facilities

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    All Stars Inn on Bealey

    All Stars Inn On Bealey is our favorite hostel in Christchurch, with its modern design, a variety of room choices, and some of the friendliest staff you'll ever meet. It is famous for its private rooms, each one has a TV, fridge, tea/coffee facilities, and plenty of power points. This hostel offers a huge kitchen that can seat up to 30 people at a time and an outdoor BBQ area.

    Couples particularly like this stay for it’s private rooms and tons of space to stretch out in. 

    If you want to travel around New Zealand or Christchurch, just ask the staff for recommendations – they know all about the best hidden gems in the region!

    Address:  263 Bealey Avenue, Edgeware, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand

    Nearby: Victoria Street is 1.2 km, while Christchurch Art Gallery is 1.4 km away. The nearest airport is Christchurch Airport, which is 9 km from the property.

    Contact: +64 3-366 6007 

    Rating:

    •  Google Review: 4.2/5
    •  Tripadvisor Rating: 4/5
    •  Booking.com: 8.4/10

    Amenities:

    • Free parking
    • Free High Speed WiFi
    • Vending machine
    • Game room
    • Billiards
    • Shuttle bus service
    • BBQ facilities
    • Baggage storage

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    By now, you should have found the ideal hostel for your upcoming trip to Christchurch.

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    If you think we’ve missed any hostels or if you have any other thoughts or feedback about our picks, don’t hesitate to share your thoughts with us in the comments. 

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