12 INCREDIBLE Hostels in Christchurch (2019 • Insider Guide!)

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Christchurch teems with English heritage, from its stone buildings and churches to its double-decker buses and drinking scene. There’s bars galore here, great eats to be eaten, and some very cool boutique shops to explore. It’s a creative city that’s rebuilt itself (literally) after two devastating earthquakes in 2010 and ’11.

There’s some great natural spots to visit in the surrounding area too. But basing yourself in Christchurch… It’s a city, right? So surely it’s super expensive to stay even a few days here?

Nope! That’s where you’d be wrong. And to prove it we’ve found the best hostels in Christchurch that you can easily afford on a backpacker budget. AND we’ve put them into handy categories for you, too!

So let’s have a look and see what this cool city has to offer for you…

 

Quick answer: The Best Hostels in Christchurch

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tbb2-table__imageBest Overall Hostel in ChristchurchBest Overall Hostel in ChristchurchJuicy Snooze Christchurch

  • $$
  • Communal Kitchen
  • Foosball
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  • Communal Kitchen
  • Foosball
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tbb2-table__imageBest Party Hostel in ChristchurchBest Party Hostel in ChristchurchUrbanz Christchurch

  • $
  • Jobs Board
  • Pool Table
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  • Jobs Board
  • Pool Table
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tbb2-table__imageBest Hostel for Solo Travellers in ChristchurchBest Hostel for Solo Travellers in ChristchurchThe Old Country House

  • $$
  • Hot Tub
  • Towels Included
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  • Hot Tub
  • Towels Included
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tbb2-table__imageBest Hostel Cheap Hostel in ChristchurchBest Hostel Cheap Hostel in ChristchurchYHA Rolleston House

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  • Free Parking
  • Late Check-out
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  • Free Parking
  • Late Check-out
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tbb2-table__imageBest Hostel for Couples in ChristchurchBest Hostel for Couples in ChristchurchKiwi Basecamp

  • $$
  • Free Cinema Room
  • Free Food (!)
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  • Free Cinema Room
  • Free Food (!)
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tbb2-table__imageBest Hostel for Digital Nomads in ChristchurchBest Hostel for Digital Nomads in ChristchurchJailhouse Accommodation

  • $$
  • Free Bicycle Hire
  • Cinema Room
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  • Free Bicycle Hire
  • Cinema Room
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tbb2-table__imageBest Hostel with a Private Room in ChristchurchBest Hostel with a Private Room in ChristchurchHaka Lodge

  • $$$
  • Wheelchair Friendly
  • Free Parking
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Best Hostels in Christchurch

 

Best Hostels in Christchurch

Best Overall Hostel in Christchurch – Juicy Snooze Christchurch

Juicy Snooze best hostels in Christchurch

Juicy Snooze is our pick for best overall hostel in Christchurch

– $$
– 24 Hour Reception
– Communal Kitchen
– Foosball

Not only does this hostel have a literally amazing location – for flying in and out of the city – but this Christchurch backpackers hostel is also super clean and stylishly decorated. Think astroturf indoors, chilling hammocks and beanbags. Now that’s what we’re talking about.

The pod beds are pretty high tech looking as well and provide you with a nice little private cubby hole to sleep in. Cooking in the shared kitchen helps keep costs down, too. Easily the best overall hostel in Christchurch, I mean that location alone… dang.

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Best Party Hostel in Christchurch – Urbanz Christchurch

Urbanz Christchurch best hostels in Christchurch

Urbanz Christchurch is our pick for best party hostel in Christchurch

– $
– Jobs Board
– Pool Table
– Luggage Storage

Smack bang in the centre of Christchurch, in a newly renovated building, staying here naturally means being close to the city sights AND the best bars and restaurants in town.

It’s not only the nearby drinking options that make this the best party hostel in Christchurch. No siree. You can also grab a few beers at the hostel bar, featuring cheap drink deals (win), and sit around the fireplace or play some pool. It’s not mental party-party, but it IS fun.

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Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in Christchurch – The Old Country House

The Old Country House best hostels in Christchurch

The Old Country House is our pick for best hostel for solo travellers in Christchurch

– $$
– Hot Tub
– Towels Included
– Garden

As the name suggests, this place is a comfy and cosy lil’ place for you to base yourself in Christchurch. It’s set in a colonial style villa, so there’s that, which is pretty cool.

Most of all, staying here means you’ll feel at home pretty much right away. The kind staff and fun people who frequent this hostel make it the best hostel for solo travellers in Christchurch. Nothing better than feeling welcome, right?

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Best Hostel Cheap Hostel in Christchurch – YHA Rolleston House

YHA Rolleston House best hostels in Christchurch

YHA Rolleston House is our pick for best cheap hostel in Christchurch

– $
– Free Parking
– Late Check-out
– Luggage Storage

This branch of the Youth Hostel Association is freshly decorated inside an old, old building, complete with heaps (as they say) of character. There’s a big ol’ kitchen at this budget hostel in Christchurch so you can make yourself meals and stick to your budget.

Location? Close to Hagley Park and the botanical gardens, as well as the weekend markets, plus cafes, restaurants – and you can even take a boat out on the Avon River. So it’s affordable, beautiful, well located, got good facilities… no wonder it’s the best cheap hostel in Christchurch.

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Best Hostel for Couples in Christchurch – Kiwi Basecamp

Kiwi Basecamp best hostels in Christchurch

Kiwi Basecamp is our pick for best hostel for couples in Christchurch

– $$
– Free Cinema Room
– Free Tea & Coffee
– Free Food (!)

The perfect retreat for you and your partner, this is definitely the best hostel for couples in Christchurch, tucked away in the green mountains and close to the sea. Set in a big heritage house, this is the kinda place that bakes fresh bread in the mornings. Yum.

It’s warm and cosy in the winter at this Christchurch backpackers hostel; in the summer you can get on down with a BBQ in the garden. It’s relaxed and quiet, which makes for a chilled atmosphere. Oh, and as a bonus, the beds are super comfy.

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Best Hostel for Digital Nomads in Christchurch – Jailhouse Accommodation

Jailhouse Accommodation best hostels in Christchurch

Jailhouse Accommodation is our pick for best hostel for digital nomads in Christchurch

– $$
– Free Bicycle Hire
– Cinema Room
– Cafe

It might be a bit of a quirky place (I mean, imagine staying inside an actual cell), but we think this is the best hostel for digital nomads in Christchurch. There’s plenty of room to get your head down with some work and rooms are quiet and well looked after.

Surprisingly nice, this recommended hostel in Christchurch is a bit design-y – and we like that. Nomads on the road long term will appreciate how nice it is. 20 mins to the Art District, meaning you can get out and about, dipping into cool cafes and stuff. We love it.

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Best Hostel with a Private Room in Christchurch – Haka Lodge

Haka Lodge best hostels in Christchurch

Haka Lodge is our pick for best hostel with a private room in Christchurch

– $$$
– Wheelchair Friendly
– Laundry Facilities
– Free Parking

Located in a quiet suburb of Christchurch, and surrounded by a load of tasty cafes and shops, this top hostel in Christchurch means soaking up a different, less city-based side to Christchurch. BUT of course,  it’s still easy to jump on the bus to town if you want.

The private rooms here… well, they’re like hotel quality. Big windows that look out onto the garden, tasteful decor, very clean – just sound perfect really. The best hostel with a private room in Christchurch by far. Though it is not a party place, so keep that in mind if you’re looking to get smashed every night.

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More Best Hostels in Christchurch

All Stars Inn

All Stars Inn best hostels in Christchurch

All Stars Inn

– $$$
– Cinema Room
– Free Parking
– Bar & Restaurant

Set in a big (really big) modern building that seems more like a hotel than a hostel, this place is a great choice if you wanna recharge your batteries in a clean and safe environment.

There’s a selection of private and dorm beds – like, a HUGE selection – at this Christchurch backpackers hostel. To match the hugeness of it all, they have a HUGE industrial kitchen and a cinema room. Might feel a little impersonal, but if a hotel-y experience is what you want, you know where to go now, eh?

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Rucksacker Backpacker Hostel

Rucksacker Backpacker Hostel best hostels in Christchurch

Rucksacker Backpacker Hostel

– $
– Late Check-out
– Laundry Facilities
– Communal Kitchen

Rucksacker? Why aren’t we called rucksackers? Sounds a bit more gross than backpackers I guess. Um. Anyway, this is a small local hostel and, whilst not the most modern place in town (for instance: coin-operated PC), it is a friendly, typically backpacker-y hostel.

There’s a lil’ garden here where you can BBQ and meet other travellers. It’s also within walking distance to the city centre. Definitely a good Christchurch backpackers hostel for a couple of nights’ stay, anyway.

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Foley Towers

Foley Towers best hostels in Christchurch

Foley Towers

– $
– Communal Kitchen
– Jobs Board
– Shuttle Bus

Nope, not Fawlty Towers – FOLEY Towers. This place is friendly and fun, a cool hostel in Christchurch for backpackers who wanna spend some time chilling out. You ain’t gonna find any big parties here, nor bar crawls or anything like that…

… But it does have a cute garden where you can mingle with other guests. Which is nice. The staff seem to actually care about you, which is nice, and the underfloor heating… dang, that stuff makes this place COSY in the winter! Definitely a top budget hostel in Christchurch.

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Around The World Backpackers

Around The World Backpackers best hostels in Christchurch

Around The World Backpackers

– $
– Bicycle Hire
– Cable TV
– Book Exchange

Small but cute, this Christchurch backpackers hostel is close to the centre of the city without being in the middle of all the madness. This hostel seems to have worked hard in order to give guests pretty much everything they could possibly need.

It’s got USB plugs, friendly staff – even a herb garden (not that sort) to spice up your spag bol cooked in the communal kitchen. The interiors of this recommended hostel in Christchurch might be a little basic but it more than definitely does the job as a place to stay for a few nights. Garden area is decent, too.

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Canterbury House

Canterbury House best hostels in Christchurch

Canterbury House

– $$
– Free Laundry (YES)
– Bicycle Hire
– Shuttle Service

Staying at Canterbury House is literally like staying in someone’s house – basically more like a B&B. But it’s still got a decidedly traveller-y hostel vibe. It’s also set in a local area which is a safe and chilled, but also a little out of town, so keep that in mind.

It’s not a greatly social hostel, but it’s a warm, cosy place to stay. The couple who own this Christchurch backpackers hostel are super good at giving out tips for what to do in the area and for onward travel, too, which makes all the difference.

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Why you should travel to Christchurch

So that’s it, the best hostels in Christchurch. Who would’ve thought you’d get to stay in heritage buildings so cheaply?

And there are some pretty cool offerings here too, some hotel-y stays that really suit a couple… or people who just aren’t into the backpackers hostel scene! (Which is fine!)

Though some of them are located in suburbs that are a bit far out of town, it’s always easy to get into the centre of Christchurch. That’s thanks to local transport, foot power, or a handy shuttle service provided by the hostel.

If you can’t decide where to stay out of all these top hostels in Christchurch, don’t worry. Just go for Juicy Snooze, a great pick right near the airport and our choice for the best overall hostel in Christchurch.

Juicy Snooze best hostels in Christchurch

 

Travel Safety Tips for Christchurch

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More Epic Hostels in New Zealand and Oceania

Hopefully by now you’ve found the perfect hostel for your upcoming trip to Christchurch.

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Over to you

By now I hope our epic guide to the best hostels in Christchurch has helped you choose the perfect hostel for your adventure!

If you think we’ve missed anything or have any further thoughts, hit us up in the comments!

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