Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.
Best Party Hostels in Christchurch: This is not your typical party destination in New Zealand. Your best option is to check out All Stars Inn on Bealey – it has an ale house next door and is close to popular Victoria Street. Kiwi Basecamp Christchurch also usually has a lively atmosphere.
Metro Card – worth it? If you’re only in Christchurch for a few days, we say it’s not. It costs $10 to buy the card plus a $10 minimum top up, saving you $1.50 each ride. If you pay the standard $4,20 in cash, you are allowed ONE free transfer within 2 hours.
However if you do decide to get a metrocard, there is a $5 cap per day. This means once your reached $5, every ride after that is free.
Addington Prison was active from 1874 to 1999, and transformed in to a hostel in 2006.
Since then, it has been voted Top Backpackers Hostel in Oceania and has become a must-stay place amongst travellers.
Here are a few reasons why we think this is the case:
Unlimited ultrafast free Wifi
Cinema room w/ Netflix
Commercial guest kitchen
This is without doubt the best hostel in Christchurch NZ.
Of course just hanging around the building is pretty cool – there’s no disagreeing that this was once a prison.
Kick start the day with a freshly made organic, fair-trade espresso from the coffee bar.
As for the rooms options, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
There are not only female dorms, but male dorms as well.
Other choices include a 6 and 10-bed mixed dorm, private single, twin and double rooms.
Shared bathrooms really keep the vibe of a prison, as well as the layout of the building with its long corridors and simple decor.
Note: larger rooms can be booked by families and groups. Get in touch in advance about this.
Make sure you speak with helpful staff if you want to book activities and excursions. They know their stuff. Also, whilst this isn’t exactly a working hostel Christchurch, staff can help you if you’re looking for work.
Location: It’s just a 15 minute walk to the centre from here. The Arts Centre, Canterbury Museum and botanic gardens are a 20-minute walk.
Jailhouse Hostel Christchurch New Zealand is one of the best hostels in Christchurch for
Seriously, they have everything needed and are the main reason you should stay here.
Let’s have a closer look. Each pod includes:
Privacy light & blind
It’s a self-contained mini room all for yourself. There are eight pods per room so socialising is still an option.
But only if you feel like it!
Psst: there is a 8-bed female only pod room, too.
Yet the pods dorms aren’t the only option here, dear reader.
Couples will enjoy the queen room with private bathroom, and friends can book a twin with ensuite. Heck, solo travellers can also treat themselves to a single room.
Enjoy the adjoining social areas including seating, hammocks and a fully-equipped kitchen.
Other perks include a 24-hour reception and FREE airport shuttle between 08:00 and 01:00.
Location: An easy 15-minute walk from the airport and a 15-minute drive to the centre of Christchurch. North Hagley Park is nearby and a lovely place to wander. It’s the top Christchurch airport hostel available.
This is one of the best hostels in Christchurch for
Another homely hostel is on the cards! Around the World Backpackers is just a 10-minute walk from the city center with easy access to all of the top sights.
Book a stay here if you appreciate a peaceful atmosphere which includes a lovely garden… with hammocks!
The Wifi is great if you have work to do, and the dorms come with 4-beds so you’re sure to get a good night’s sleep. Each bunk has a charging station, bedlight and handy pouch to keep your valuables safe.
Let us have a look on the map. Below we list all three best Christchurch hostels on a map.
Personally, we love to plan our trips with a map having all sights and potential hostels on it. We thought this map will help you with planning your trip too.
We also included the main tourist attractions you’ve to know in this list:
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
International Antarctic Centre
Punting On The Avon
Christchurch Transitional Cathedral
Looking for some yummy food? We stopped by Zen Sushi & Dumplings and had the BEST dumplings of our lives! (Added to the map)
If this is your first stop in New Zealand and you’re searching for backpackers cars Christchurch, check out bpccars.co.nz for affordable second-hand cars.
Flights to Christchurch?
Christchurch International Airport is around a 20-minute drive (11km) from the city center.
There are local and international flights to many places, which make this a useful airport to fly in and out of.
Of course there are many shuttles running to/fro the city. Don’t worry too much about booking in advance – just buy a ticket once you’re through customs so that you needn’t worry about time. There are always shuttles!
Which hostels in Christchurch NZ allow late check in?
JUCY Snooze Christchurch has a reception that is open 24 hours a day. They also offer a FREE airport shuttle between 08:00am and 01:00am.
It is only a 15-minute walk to the hostel from the airport, in case you arrive outside of these hours.
What are generally preferred suburbs in Christchurch?
As a traveller, we recommend either staying right in Christchurch city centre close to the Botanic Gardens, or a little further out nearby the airport. All of the hostels in this list offer great locations nearby top sights and places of interest.
Where is Christchurch located?
Christchurch is on the East Coast of the South Island of New Zealand. It’s around 450km south of Wellington and around 550km north of Invercargill.
Alright, this is your answer to where to stay in Christchurch.
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