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314 Barbadoes Street, Christchurch, New Zealand

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872 Total Reviews
  • 77%Value For Money
  • 83%Security
  • 73%Location
  • 86%Staff
  • 79%Atmosphere
  • 82%Cleanliness
  • 82%Facilities

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This is a small, well run hostel with a very social atmosphere and great staff. The place isn't fancy and rooms are a bit small, but the layout of the dining area and backyard is very good for meeting other travelers. Staff here are very helpful with just about everything and were really fun to hang out with as well. The place is kept quite clean and I'd recommend staying here!

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Thanks for your review


loved the atmosphere, very friendly and wifi was free what a bonus!

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Thanks for your review, all the best with your travels


Clean, confortable, lovely staff....I really enjoyed my stay, and the staff was really very very very kind, helpfull and absolutely nice.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thanks for your rating, we enjoyed having you to stay all the best with the rest of your trip.


A good hostel but a 20 min walk from city center and supermarket.

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Thanks for your review, the walk to the city centre is just over 5mins, however the supermarket is about a 15 minute walk, sadly we lost convenience stores in the earthquake. All the best with your travels.


Nice hostel good facilities but long walk to central bus station and staff stayed up til 3/4 am all weekend drinking loudly so did not get a great nights sleep.

  • 14th Feb 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Wales
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)

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Thanks for your review, I am very sorry you did not get any sleep, the staff member has left who caused the trouble. Regarding the long walk to the central bus station, it should only take you 10 minutes but there are buses you can catch very close to the hostel to get to the station if you don't want to walk. All the best with the rest of your trip.


At first the place was awesome, but on our second night we were kept awake till 3am by the night MANAGER having a loud party. Even after we asked them to be considerate they kept us awake a second night after that. Because of this selfishness we were so tired we couldn't enjoy our time in Christchurch as we would have liked. The owner was lovely but she needs to fire her staff and find some that respect the PAYING guests.

  • 13th Feb 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • New Zealand
  • Mixed Group, 18-24
  • (1 review)

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Thanks for your review, as it happens the night staff member involved is no longer with us. Please accept my apologise.


Standard hostel. Well equipped kitchen. They had a mixed bathroom in addition to just the female bathroom which was useful as the extra capacity was required. We were given free wifi vouchers on arrival which was nice. It's a walk to the city centre but then there isn't much of a city centre to Christchurch anymore so maybe that doesn't matter!

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thanks for your review. Yes the heart of our city is looking very sad, building has started, come back in 5 years time and there will be more to see and do!


Very nice and clean hostel. Close to the "city" but nothing much to do there. The BBQ was not working because there was no gas but the staff helped us to get it working again. I would stay again.

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Hi thanks for your comments, Christchurch has certainly lost its party atmosphere, we plan to have a few events at the hostel and I hope to have an entertainment manager starting soon who will take guests to a few bars around town. Thanks for staying


This was my first time ever in a hostel, and I loved it here, especially after a 28 hour flight from England. Lovely atmosphere, sunny back garden and well equipped kitchen! Definitely would recommend, thanks!

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