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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."

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The Old Countryhouse Christchurch

Book more than 7 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Wonderful Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
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Property Description

Are you yearning for a comfortable bed and a place that makes you feel at home?

The Old Countryhouse is an award winning hostel that has had comfort and coziness sorted for over 20 years! Our colonial style villas are well heated, have excellent kitchen facilities, lounges to chill out and watch a movie and much much more!!

Free unlimited high speed WiFi helps you to stay in touch with the world, and once you peel yourself away from the screen you can relax and get a touch of luxury in the Spa & Sauna Sanctuary. What more could you want in a backpackers?
Well... we also have spacious gardens with bean bags (in Summer...), laundry facilities, a picnic and BBQ area and a good choice of private rooms and dorms for you!

Our friendly staff members are always keen to help out. They will go the extra mile for you if you want to book activities, rental cars, want to know your way around the city or the South Island, or just need a bit of travel advice. We are all fellow travelers, want to be tested on our local knowledge and love to share our own favourite places to see, eat, do and hang out.

The Old Countryhouse is located on the eastern side of central Christchurch. We have the best of both worlds: close enough to the city to walk easily within 15 minutes, or a 20 minutes stroll along the riverside, yet right next to local shops and restaurants. There is a supermarket, the best butcher in Christchurch (not kidding), Post Office, Subway restaurant, Fish'n Chips, etc. conveniently located just across the road. Two of our favourite Cafe's are just a short 5-10 minute walk as is our favourite pub.

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 8pm. Your room will be ready to move in after 3pm and you are welcome to store your bags here till then.

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 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.

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.

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.

So now that you are convinced, we look forward to welcoming you to The Old Countryhouse backpackers soon!!! View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 9.2

  • Security 9.8

  • Location 8.3

  • Staff 9.7

  • Atmosphere 9.2

  • Cleanliness 9.1

  • Facilities 9.4

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    02 Sep 2019
    This was my first stop coming to the country, and I’m glad it was! After spending two and a half days in planes and airports, what more do you want than a sauna and hot tub right out your front door?! Super cute accommodations, rad staff, personally coded safes, close to everything you need, and great atmosphere. I had a great first few days in New Zealand at this hostel, the staff gave advice on anything I had questions about for my visa. Can’t recommend enough, it was a great stay!
    Canada, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0


    03 Aug 2019
    Super friendly and helpful staff! Awesome with the Hot tub and Sauna, great location, close to the city with shops and bars but still a calm area. I highly recommend this hostel! Cheers from a Swedish backpacker! :)
    Sweden, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0


    22 Jul 2019
    Great hostel, awesome and helpful staff. Hottub and sauna are super nice. Would stay again
    USA, Male, 18-24
  • 10.0


    29 Jun 2019
    stay was cozy and staff was friendly... enjoyed a lot.
    India, Male, 31-40
  • 9.7


    07 Aug 2019
    Great spot. It’s tough finding sociable hostels in the off-season but there was great buzz about this place and the staff were a huge part of that. They were always part of the fun in the place and happy to help with tips and advice. The e-mail of rules and money up front when we booked had us slightly worried but as soon as we landed we were put at ease. The sauna and hot tub were a great addition too.
    Ireland, Couple, 25-30
  • 8.9


    06 Jul 2019
    Extremely friendly and helpful staff on reception, clean bedroom and ensuite, room was an ideal size. Very secure facilities. Great value for money.
    England, Male, 18-24
  • 8.6


    02 Oct 2019
    Lovely stay at the Old Countryhouse. Shout out to Sam for being so helpful.
    England, Mixed Group, 25-30
  • 8.6


    25 Jun 2019
    Nice place, though a little far out from town if you don’t have access to a car. Staff were friendly, knowledgable and helpful. Good sized kitchen and lounge area, showers and toilets were always clean and tidy. However, top bunks didn’t have guard rails. Seems to attract longer- term guests and so the atmosphere was a little muted, though this may also be because of the time of year. Would recommend.
    England, Male, 25-30
  • 8.3


    17 Jun 2019
    The bathrooms were clean and the roons were too. But our sheets were dirty and we werent given top sheets. The staff were so so friendly though and gave us heaps of activities to do while in christchurch. And just a short walk into the city. Feels like there are a lot of permanent or long term residents so the vibe was a bit weird
    Australia, Female, 18-24
  • 7.1

    Very Good

    09 Sep 2019
    Uncomfortable pillow, room was cold, thin duvet wasn’t warm enough, staff was unprofessional and a bit rude. Atmosphere was nice. The rest was okay
    Portugal, Male, 18-24
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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
  • 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