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YMCA Christchurch Reviews

12 Hereford Street Christchurch 8011, P O Box 2004 Christchurch 8140, Christchurch, New Zealand

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430 Total Reviews
  • 74%Value For Money
  • 77%Security
  • 86%Location
  • 83%Staff
  • 68%Atmosphere
  • 82%Cleanliness
  • 75%Facilities

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When I was there the place was rammed full there was an extra bed thrown in my 6 person dorm which to be fair wasn't an issue. The bunks are pretty old and squeaky and I was always concerned I was waking people up when getting out of bed to go the toilet. There was a bit of a lack in plug sockets in the room as well. The kitchen was tiny but hey if you have to use it to cook you make friends quickly!


Excellent hostel. Very well maintained. Lovely stay


Need new kitchen stoves


There is no locker in 10 beds female dorms. Wireless costs 5 dollar for 24 hours.


the free towel is a nice touch!


There were only 4 lockers, which no keys for a 6 bed room, so nearly no security. One small kitchen for a hostel with 5 floors is not enough. The stuff was very friendly and helpful and the restaurant in the hostel is good.


Turned up at the hostel at 1am, with all my booking details. Desk clerk couldn't find my booking and didn't believe my booking was legit even though he had info saying I was coming, i'd rung up the day I was arriving and confirmed everything and I had already paid a deposit which he could see!!! Eventually got in to a room just before 2am! Left at 6am the next morning on my tour


A very good backpackers hostel in central christchurch. Facilities are free except laundry and drying but very affordable (3$ each). The kitchen is great and common rooms nice at each floor. Rooms are average but clean. Security can be improved as in my room there were 4 lockers for 6 beds and no possible way to padlock them :/ A cafe, a restaurant and a sport center have direct access in the hostel and prices are available for the restaurant (10%off and/or exclusive meals at 15$ quite great)


I had a single room with a balcony which was a bonus. Clean room and spacious. I only used the kitchen for breakfast, but it may be small for cooking in compare to the size of the hostel


Not very personal because of the size. Stuffy feeling. Private rooms were nice. Had too pay for wifi.


The hostel was in a nice location just near the heart of the city and very close to major bus routes and the botanic gardens. They were very helpful when we were asking about what to do around town etc. The staff were kind and the facilities were well maintained. The dorms were very clean and had plenty of room.


The hostel is not bad. Not as good as it can be, but it's OK. Well located. Clean. The beds are incredibly noisy, made of metal and terrible when anybody moves during the night. You have to pay for the wifi, if you want to, which in my opinion is absurd for a "budget accommodation". Besides that, was a regular hostel. Nothing special.


My friends and I really like staying in YMCA. We booked 1 x male dom. and 2 x female dom. in the internet. But when we arrived at YMCA, the staff looked in our booking and she said she can let we stay in a triple room. It is awesome!!! When we entryed the room, the room is unbelievable big and comfortable. We cannot believed that is a simple budget hostel. We highly recommend YMCA for backpackers.

  • 7th Jan 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Hong Kong
  • Mixed Group, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Right across from the bus stop! The beds were super comfy and the wifi was really fast. Loved it!


Expensive but then a lot of Christchurch hostels are, not far to walk to the centre the botanical gardens are across the road. Not many restaurants/bars but would recommend going to Pegasus bar across the river about 5 mins from hostel good food and live music


Upon arrival, we were provided the keys that had already been allocated to someone else. However the issue was quickly resolved to our satisfaction. Perhaps the staff should be more careful when handing out the keys, as we know that we would not be happy if someone walked into our room wielding keys and suitcases at 2am in the morning.

  • 19th Dec 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Mixed Group, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Hostel was ok but little atmosphere. Rooms clean. No free wifi.


Location was not so bad, a couple of blocks from the city center and right next to the botanical garden. As per security, the fact that it's a YMCA, there is so much going on that ANYONE can go in and out so it's up to you to make sure your room door is locked. The bathrooms were nasty, there were no mats, so everyone who takes a shower, wets the floor and the floor STAYS wet until it gets cleaned. The rooms were spacious. They had a friendly staff. Hard to meet people, since it's a huge place.


Rude and incompetent employees at the reception. The beds were noisy and shaking by every move...

  • 12th Dec 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


I found this hostel pretty quiet but it's a good place to sleep if that's all you need to do. If I would have been trying to meet people though, I think I would have had a hard time.

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