The 10 Best Hostels in Christchurch, New Zealand

The 10 Best Hostels in Christchurch, New Zealand

If you’re planning to travel to New Zealand, make sure not to miss its second largest city located in the South Island, Christchurch. This vibrant city has the perfect mix of urban architecture and creativity. Be ready to discover stunning buildings, jaw-dropping street art, friendly locals and beautiful landscapes. Jump on a bicycle or a double-decker bus to visit the city’s historic centre or escape to the nearby Botanic Gardens. Whether you’re travelling solo, with your other half or with a group of friends, we want to make sure you’ll have fun on the way… That’s why we’ll be showing you some of the best hostels in the city.

We have hostels with the coolest bars & restaurants, nice outdoor terraces, hammocks, cosy gardens… where you will be able to meet backpackers from around the world. Get ready to book your next trip in a heartbeat after reading this guide to the best hostels in Christchurch.

Jump straight to:

  1. Best hostels in Christchurch for solo travellers
  2. Best hostels in Christchurch for couples
  3. Best party hostels in Christchurch
  4. Best hostels in Christchurch city centre
  5. Best hostels in Christchurch with private rooms

Best hostels in Christchurch for solo travellers

Jailhouse Accommodation Christchurch

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Jailhouse Accommodation Hostel was rated #1 in New Zealand and Oceania at the 2009 and 2013 Hoscars, and to be honest with you, it’s not hard to see why. This quirky and cosy hostel is set in a historic former jail. It’s located a few minutes away from the Arts Centre, Canterbury Museum, Christchurch Art Gallery, and the Botanic Gardens. When you’re done exploring the city, you will be happy to head back to this awesome hostel, have a coffee or a drink with other backpackers, enjoy a movie night in the cinema room or enjoy a BBQ.

Hostel highlights:

  • Cafe
  • Games room
  • BBQ
  • Book exchange
  • Tours/travel desk

🏠 Address: 338 Lincoln Rd, Addington, Christchurch , Christchurch, New Zealand

🏘 Neighbourhood: Addington

🚊 Nearest station: Addington Village

Book your stay at Jailhouse Accomodation Christchurch

The Old Countryhouse Christchurch

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The Old Countryhouse is an award-winning hostel that will make you feel like you’re at a home away from home. You will be able to meet travellers from around the world in the cosy common areas, the cool garden… Head to the sauna (yes) or the hot tub (you’re not dreaming) after a day exploring the surroundings. Did we also mention that the hostel organises super nice BBQs?

Hostel highlights:

  • Board games
  • BBQ
  • Hot tub & Sauna
  • Outdoor terrace

🏠 Address: 437 Gloucester Street , Christchurch, New Zealand

🏘 Neighbourhood:  Phillipstown

🚊 Nearest station: Gloucester St

Book your stay at The Old Countryhouse Christchurch Hostel

 

Best hostel in Christchurch for couples

What about trying a hostel with your other half? You will get the super cool atmosphere you can only find in hostels, while enjoying the cosiness of a private room and hopefully some romance!

Dorset House Backpackers Hostel

Best hostels in Christchurch - Dorset House Backpackers

Dorset House Backpackers Hostel is located in a lovely quiet garden near the beautiful Hagley Park. This historical renovated house is the perfect place to enjoy quality time with your other half while travelling and exploring the city. The atmosphere of the hostel is super chilled, you’ll be able to relax once back to your cosy room or socialise with other backpackers in the garden or in the lounge.

Hostel highlights:

  • Garden
  • Free city maps
  • Pool table
  • Bar & Café

🏠 Address: 1 Dorset Street, PO Box 25350 , Christchurch, New Zealand

🏘 Neighbourhood: City Centre

🚊 Nearest station: Victoria St

Book your stay at Dorset House Backpackers

 

All Stars Inn on Bealey Hostel

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This is the best hostel to get the privacy and the luxury you need while travelling. All private rooms have towels provided, 32 inch smart TV’s, fridges, private bathroom and tea/coffee making facilities… Sound like a dream right? Not to mention the massive outdoor terrace where you’ll meet backpackers from everywhere. Warning: you will never want to leave this amazing place.

Hostel highlights:

  • Bar & Restaurant
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Board games
  • Pool table
  • BBQ

🏠 Address: 263 Bealey Avenue , Christchurch, New Zealand

🏘 Neighbourhood: Edgeware

🚊 Nearest station: All Stars Inn on Bealey

Book your stay at All Stars Inn on Bealey Hostel

Best party hostels in Christchurch

If you’re looking for a safe place to leave your backpack while partying the whole night, we’ve got you covered. Have a look at these hostels and let’s go party!

Kiwi Basecamp Hostel

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Located between the beautiful mountains and the sea, this hostel is the friendliest place for backpackers around the world. How about waking up every morning with freshly baked bread and a FREE breakfast? If you’re not a morning person (just like me) what about a FREE pasta bake Monday to Friday? (Not sure about you, but we’re quite hungry now). You will also be able to enjoy amazing BBQs with other travellers on the super cool outdoor terrace. Sounds like a plan!

Hostel highlights:

  • Outdoor terrace
  • Free Breakfast
  • Board games
  • 24 hour reception & security

🏠 Address: 69 Bealey Ave, Christchurch , Christchurch, New Zealand

🏘 Neighbourhood: Merivale

🚊 Nearest station: Bealey Ave

Book your stay at Kiwi Basecamp Hostel

 

JUCY Snooze Hostel

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You will find everything you need while staying at JUCY Snooze Hostel. And let us tell you, that this is the place where you’ll certainly have fun! Feel free to chill, read, work (digital nomads, this one is for you) in one of the cool Pods, sofas or hammocks. The common areas are massive, impossible not to meet backpackers from around the world even if you tried. Hungry? A supermarket and nice restaurants are right on the doorstep.

Hostel highlights:

  • Bar
  • Board games
  • Outdoor terrace
  • BBQ

🏠 Address: 5 Peter Leeming Road, Christchurch Airport , Christchurch, New Zealand

🏘 Neighbourhood: Bishopdale (near Christchurch International Airport)

🚊 Nearest station: Memorial Ave

Book your stay at JUCY Snooze Christchurch Hostel

Best hostels in Christchurch city centre

You couldn’t be more central with these hostels – bars, clubs, restaurants, shops and sites – you will find everything just a few minutes from the hostels.

Urbanz Christchurch Hostel

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This beautifully renovated loft-style building is the perfect place to be in the heart of the action. You will find the main attractions and sites like the Cardboard Cathedral, the historic New Regent Street, Avon River and the coolest bars & restaurants, just a few minutes walking distance from the hostel. Did we also mention the onsite bar with the cheapest beer in town?! You can also chill in the big lounge with a pool table, SKY satellite TV and fireplaces.

Hostel highlights:

  • Bar
  • Games room
  • Board games
  • Book exchange

🏠 Address: 273 Manchester Street , Christchurch, New Zealand

🏘 Neighbourhood: City Centre

🚊 Nearest station: Gloucester St

Book your stay at Urbanz Christchurch

 

YMCA Christchurch

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You couldn’t be more central even if you tried! This cool hostel is located next to the Arts Centre & Botanic Gardens of Christchurch. You be able to walk around the city, explore the main sites and go to nice bars & restaurants, without spending anything on public transport. You will also be able to enjoy the outdoor terrace, challenge yourself on their climbing wall, chill at the bar or stay fit in the hostels gym.

Hostel highlights:

  • Climbing wall & Gym
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Bar & Café & Restaurant

🏠 Address: 12 Hereford Street Christchurch 8011, P O Box 2004 Christchurch 8140

🏘 Neighbourhood: City Centre

🚊 Nearest station: Canterbury Museum

Book your stay at YMCA Christchurch

Best hostels in Christchurch with private rooms

If you’re a born traveller but you’d like to keep some privacy while exploring the world, don’t worry. These hostels have super cosy private rooms, just perfect for you.

Foley Towers Hostel

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Whether you’re travelling on your own or with friends, this hostel will offer you the privacy you need while on the road, thanks to its super cosy fully equipped bedrooms. You can relax in the cute garden with a drink or a book, after a long day exploring the city (make sure to grab a spot on the hammock before anyone else). Enjoy the BBQ on the terrace, perfect to meet other backpackers and get the best travel tips.

Hostel highlights:

  • Outdoor terrace
  • Free city maps
  • Bicycle parking
  • Book exchange

🏠 Address: 208 Kilmore Street, Christchurch, New Zealand

🏘 Neighbourhood: City Centre

🚊 Nearest station: Manchester St

Book your stay at Foley Towers Hostel

 

Around The World Backpackers Hostel

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This small and homely hostel is just 10 minutes away from the city centre and central bus station, perfect to explore the city easily during the day. The hostel offers FREE towels, tea and coffee, to start your day the best way possible. You can also relax in one of the hammocks in the garden, enjoy a barbecue on the outdoor terrace with other travellers or just relax in your super cosy private room.

Hostel highlights:

  • Outdoor terrace
  • BBQ
  • Book exchange
  • Board games

🏠 Address:  314 Barbadoes Street , Christchurch, New Zealand

🏘 Neighbourhood: City Centre

🚊 Nearest station: Gloucester St

Book your stay at Around The World Backpackers Hostel

 

We hope the hostels we chose help you to discover this beautiful country. Let us know in the comments if you’ve stayed in one of our recommended hostels, or if you’d like to share a hostel that you think other backpackers shouldn’t miss in Christchurch.

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Dorothée Gomez

I'm Dorothée, French, German, Spanish & Polish (yess crazy family round 1). Senior Social Media & Content Executive and #HostelworldInsider at Hostelworld. I grew up in Germany before moving to France. My parents are both multicultural, so we are speaking different languages at home. I guess that's also why I'm obsessed with travel, foreign languages and other cultures. ✈ Favourite place on earth: New York City. 🏠 Favourite hostel: LemonRock Hostel, Granada, Spain. Follow my adventures on Instagram @dorotheegmz

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