Group Booking Terms and Conditions

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General Group Booking Terms

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  • In order to make a group reservation on it is necessary to pay a deposit. The balance is due directly to the hostel according to their payment conditions.
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  • Please note that any cancellations must be notified directly to the hostel at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled arrival date, unless otherwise stated in the hostel's conditions.
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  • Cancellations for reservations must be made directly with the hostel and must conform with the individual hostels cancellation policy (see below)
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Hostel Specific Terms & Conditions

The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card ???? Should numbers or room selection change, the per person deposit times the number of people who actually travelled will be deducted from the total accommodation charge levvied by the hostel.

The following group types are not accepted by this hostel: Holiday with Friends, Junior / Primary School, High / Secondary School, College / University, Business Trip, Stag/Hen/Bachelor Party, Sports Group, Cultural Group If you have misrepresented the type of group you are booking for, your booking may be cancelled by the hostel."

Any cancellations resulting from agreement to these terms and conditions under false pretences will result in loss of deposit.


The Old Countryhouse Christchurch

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  • Wonderful Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
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Property Description

At the Old Countryhouse we offer personalized guest service and guaranteed good times. Whether you are looking for like minded travellers to start your New Zealand adventures with, a friendly place to hang out at the beginning/end of your trip or a locally savvy home base to explore the amazing Christchurch from, we have you covered!

Our lightning fast gigabit Ultra Fibre WIFI makes waiting for pages to sluggishly load a thing of the past as you face time, stream and trip-plan to your hearts content. And with all the time you save from our super broadband you can take a moment to relax in our spa or sauna area surrounded by our tranquil gardens or watch a few movies with new friends in one of our inviting lounges. A word about the Spa and Sauna: due to Covid-19 we are unable to run the Spa and Sauna at full capacity, and we apologise if this service may not be open during your stay.

Here at The Old Countryhouse you are on the doorstep of our beautiful home, Christchurch, with the city center being a leisurely 15-minute stroll away or 20 minutes if you want to walk along the Avon River. We also have a local supermarket and butcher 2 minutes away to stock up on supplies or an awesome fish and chip shop just around the corner as well if you don’t feel like cooking. We are also accessible from the airport by bus and only a 30-minute walk from the intercity bus terminal.

Buses to local beaches, all major shopping malls and city leave directly from our doorstep. Easily accessible from the airport and only 1500 metres from the Intercity Bus Depot. Free Pick up from the hostel service for Longer Distance Shuttle Buses serving the South Island.

Reception hours and check in : Reception is open from 9am to 4pm. Your room will be ready to move in after 2pm and you are welcome to store your bags here and use the facilities prior to check in.

Arriving outside reception hours : We are delighted to offer a late check in service for our guests arriving outside reception hours. Once we receive your booking with a late arrival time, we will take full payment (plus 3% (minimum $3 credit card processing fee) as it is our policy to only send out our Late Arrival Instructions for prepaid accommodation and your booking then can not be changed or transferred.

If your booking is for the same day, be sure to ensure your booking is received well before 4pm so that we can organise the late arrival with you.

Non-Refundable Bookings: Please note all non-refundable bookings will be charged with the full amount (plus 3% (minimum $3) credit card processing fee when the booking is received by us.

Cancellation Policy : All modifications or cancellations to your booking must be received by email before 7pm (NZ time) up to 2 full days before date of arrival, otherwise charges for the total amount of the booking apply.

Extended cancellation policy extended for Christmas and New Year Bookings:
Any cancellation or modification to your booking must be received by email One Week Prior to your arrival date. For any modification received within one week or No Show, the total price of the booking will be charged.

Children policy: Children are welcome at our hostel.

Bookings with children must be made for private rooms only. Parents and children must sleep in the same room and children above the age of 3 must be accommodated in a room that caters for them to have their own beds. Parents must accompany children at all times.

Group Bookings : Bookings for more than 6 guests must be requested through our Group Booking Page and we will send you a quote.

Come in and see our local and international staff to book activities, tours, transfers and more without having to leave the hostel, they are keen to help out in any way possible and don’t mind giving up their local secrets and spots to guests. They are all looking forward to meeting you during your stay here with us.

Reception is open from 9am - 4pm. View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 9.2

  • Security 9.7

  • Location 8.5

  • Staff 9.4

  • Atmosphere 9.2

  • Cleanliness 9.7

  • Facilities 9.4

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    08 Nov 2020
    Super hostel with amazing outdoor space! Kitchen well equipped with everything you need. Bathrooms are very clean as well!! Chill lounge with TV and confortable sofas! And rooms are nice with fresh linen! Great atmosphere, I really recommend it! 😊 😊
    France, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0


    24 Mar 2020
    Absolutely amazing hostel. I was staying there during the level 4 COVID-19 crisis and they were PHENOMENAL! The owners/staff are super knowledgable on how to make sure everyone is safe and happy.During the crisis they called a meeting and made sure we understood the rules and laws. The place was also a “haven” and completely fenced in so we got outdoor time. There is a dog. Kitchen well equipped. Lots to do. Locking doors and a safe for valuables in room. wouldn’t recommend any hostel more
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 9.7


    24 Sep 2020
    Overall was a really cozy place. Lots of outdoor seating for sunny days and each part of the hostel has a common area. It's a little out of the way, about a 20 minute walk into downtown Christchurch, but there's a dairy right across the street and plenty of free street parking and right across the street from a bus station. Good security - needed keycard to get into hostel, into each part of the hostel, and into each room. No lockers though. Very clean hostel.
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 9.7


    05 Jul 2020
    I checked in and went into my room and just did not feel comfortable with the other people in the room for reasons not worth mentioning. However, I went to the guy who checked me in and he moved me to a different room with absolutely no issue or problem whatsoever. The kitchen was always kept clean, especially the fridges which are usually a mess in hostels. The bathrooms were always clean as well with the hand towels and floor towels changed daily. I would stay again and I would recommend.
    Canada, Female, 31-40
  • 9.7


    24 Mar 2020
    Only stayed for a couple of nights before having to move on, but was a pleasure staying here. Super friendly staff, great facilities, nice chill community atmosphere, comfy beds, and a hot tub! Would definitely recommend to anyone looking to stay in Christchurch after everything blows over.
    England, Male, 18-24
  • 9.4


    12 Sep 2020
    It’s always a daunting to find a place to stay in a big city like CHCH but after the recommendation from a couple of mates who stayed there previously I booked a couple nights while heading up the coast. Very quiet post COVID which I was happy about. Few very friendly longterm people. Beautiful, spacious property for being that close to the city center. Super clean facilities and some of the best bathroom/showers I’ve used in NZ. Lovely welcoming staff. Would highly recommend.
    USA, Male, 18-24
  • 8.9


    15 Jun 2020
    Probably the warmest and comfiest hostel I’ve stayed in whilst the weather is turning. Actual radiators! A miracle in NZ. Everything was clean and tidy and staff very friendly. A little quiet, so if you prefer parties etc this isn’t for you. But for me it was great. I did find out that apparently this is a slightly rougher area of Christchurch and it’s definitely more than a 15 minute walk to town. But overall good stay and would use again.
    England, Female, 25-30
  • 8.0


    26 Dec 2020
    Very nice, clean and spacious. Little bit dated but ideal for a good nights sleep
    Scotland, Male, 25-30
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    18 Jul 2020
    It was unfortunate that we were not advised of reduced reception hours, the answer phone message also did not contain a cell phone number for call back. Our twin room was outside the other buildings which meant that bathroom facilities were not easily or safely accessed. In spite of these issues which were addressed to the manager when we saw him on the last day, the hostel was very pleasant. Warm and exceptionally clean. If I was a younger person I would have no hesitation in using it again.
    New Zealand, Female, 41+
  • 6.0


    28 Jul 2020
    We chose to stay here (over more cost effective options nearby) because of the hot tub & sauna that is mentioned on their website. NOTE that these are NOT in service and haven’t been since lockdown, so we were disappointed to have paid more money for something that wasn’t even there. The reception was also closed when we arrived at 2pm (website says 4pm), so they charged us a CC processing fee even though we weren’t late arrivals. We would have stayed three nights but left after one.
    USA, Female, 25-30
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  • Free City Maps
  • Free Parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Adaptors
  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Card Phones
  • Common Room
  • Flexible NRR
  • Follows Covid-19 sanitation guidance
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hair Dryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • Hot Tub
  • Jobs Board
  • Key Card Access
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Reading Light
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Steam Room
  • Washing Machine
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Airport Transfers
  • ATM
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Fax Service
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Late check-out
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Shuttle Bus
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Board Games