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7 Best Backpacker Hostels in Christchurch šŸŽ’ [2024]

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Where to Find the Best Hostels in Christchurch for Backpackers

These backpacker hostels are more than just a place to stay for the night. Christchurch‘s hostel scene is one where hostels strive for additional comforts to make longer stays more enjoyable, such as a spa pool or organised social nights to make some quick travel mates. One of the hostels is even a converted jail…

We appreciate that staying in budget accommodations is because you want to save money for much more awesome stuff in New Zealand, so be sure to also check the 17 Free & Cheap Things to Do in Christchurch and 15 Best Things to Do in Christchurch too.

Without further ado, here are the backpacker hostels we love the most in Christchurch.

1. Jailhouse Accommodation

A converted prison makes Jailhouse Accommodation one of the most unique hostels in the Southern Hemisphere! It is a tourist attraction and backpacker hostel mixed into one with historical display rooms where you can pretend you are an inmate with photo booth props. As for rooms, choose from dorms and private single, twin and double rooms with shared bathroom facilities.

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2. The Old Country House

A free spa pool, free sauna, free WiFi, free organic herbs and a lemon tree to season your meals and free love from the hostel dog, Max, what’s not to love about The Old Country House? The renovated heritage villa is as cosy as it gets with full insulation and European-style central heating (trust us, that’s a big deal in New Zealand). In between, there’s a room for everyone, including dorms, private single, double, triple and family rooms and some private rooms with an ensuite.

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3. Around The World Backpackers

Free sewing kit?! I’m there! Ok, so the free sewing kit isn’t the main drawcard for this hostel. But there are heaps of other things for free, such as unlimited WiFi, computers, tea, coffee, herbs, earplugs, storage, use of hairdryers and straighteners, and so on. The welcoming and friendly Around the World Backpackers also has thoughtful touches like pouches next to dorm beds to keep important belongings nearby, while no dorm is larger than four beds. What’s more, the hostel is only a 10-minute walk from the city centre.

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4. The Bealey Quarter

A great base for Christchurch city is this ultra-modern purpose-built accommodation and dining complex on Bealey Avenue. With an open courtyard kitted out with hammocks and right next door to The Bealey Ale and Steak House, there are plenty of places to relax with your fellow backpackers at The Bealey Quarter. “The Lodge” part of the complex is the space for backpackers, complete with eight-bed mixed and female dorms and twin and double rooms with and without an ensuite. You also have easy access to a TV lounge, a laundry room with modern machines (finally!), shared bathrooms and a well-equipped kitchen. For more stays with self-catering facilities in the 10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Christchurch.

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5. Jucy Snooze

The recently-built “flashpackers” is as modern as it gets, with machines to check you in, USB plugs around every corner, and an awesome common area with hammocks, bean bags and a swing on artificial grass, making you feel like you’re chilling in the great outdoors even if, in reality, you’re frantically scrolling through the 20 Things to Do in Christchurch on a Rainy Day. The “pod” dorm rooms of Jucy Snooze also give you that extra bit of privacy, while those seeking “real privacy” have plenty of private room options with an ensuite. Find this hostel near Christchurch Airport. For more cheap alternative stays, also check out the 10 Best Budget Accommodations in Christchurch.

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6. Urbanz

A super modern hostel just a stone’s throw from Cathedral Square, Urbanz is an excellent base for your time in Christchurch. With a huge variety of room types (including king-size dorm beds in some rooms), it suits most types of travellers on a budget. Enjoy the social vibe in the lounge bar with frequent events and drink/snack offers. Working holidaymakers can get advice on job hunting, as well as get long-term rates. Plus, there’s free parking nearby and free WiFi!

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7. Point Break Backpackers

For an alternative location in Christchurch, head to Point Break Backpackers in the suburb of New Brighton. The beachside suburb is famous for its surfing beach, as well as the 10 Free & Cheap Things to Do in New Brighton. The two to eight-bed dorms and private family rooms available are as basic as it gets (not ideal for the super fussy), which also applies to the cosy lounge, kitchen and laundry room. The best place to hang out, we find, is the cafe downstairs. The clientele of this hostel is a mix of international travellers and locals in long-term accommodation.

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[CLOSED] Canterbury House

Its garden, welcoming hosts and quiet atmosphere makes Canterbury House a much-loved hostel in Christchurch. Situated on the outskirts of the city centre, it’s not too far away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

[CLOSED] Dorset House

A central location and a homely feel, Dorset House makes a good hostel for staying in when you are job searching in Christchurch. This backpacker accommodation is on a quiet street in a Victorian house.

[CLOSED] Haka Lodge Christchurch

This lodge looks like it could be easily nestled in the forest rather than Christchurch. The garden is full of native trees and the building is made from wood. Plus, Haka Lodge aims to green by recycling and using compost. For your comfort, there are no bunks and unlimited free WiFi! However, it is a 5-10min drive from the city centre but a bus stop is right outside.

More About Hostels in Christchurch

That’s it for our list of the best backpacker hostels in Christchurch, but it’s by no means the end of our travel tips! Get more stellar travel advice from the following guides:

Finally, if there’s anything we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in our Christchurch – Guide for Backpackers and The Travel Guide to Christchurch on a Budget.


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About The Author

Robin C.

This article has been reviewed and approved by Robin, who is the co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. With more than 15 years of experience in the New Zealand tourism industry, Robin has co-founded three influential tourism businesses and five additional travel guides for South Pacific nations. He is an expert in New Zealand travel and has tested over 600 activities and 300+ accommodations across the country.

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