Christchurch Backpackers

A popular destination for Backpackers, Christchurch and the Canterbury area is on the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island. Like the entire country, Christchurch is a study of contrasts with natural beauty and a steadily growing cosmopolitan atmosphere. The friendly city’s residents and business owners are pleased to welcome traveling adventurers. This fact alone, makes Christchurch a perfect stop on a backpacking adventure and a chance to meet new friends and experience the local culture first hand.

Internationally known as “The Garden City” Christchurch has a certain elegance that is reminiscent of the past and offers plenty for backpackers and visitors of all types to enjoy with cultural heritage, gorgeous gardens and parks, entertainment, sports and shopping. As with most must-visit locales there are several sites that shouldn’t be missed if you’re backpacking through the area, including Christchurch Cathedral, Botanic Gardens, International Antarctic Centre and the weekend Arts Centre market. In addition, the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve boasts New Nealand’s largest daytime kiwi viewing areas and the country’s largest wildlife reserve, Orana Park, is also here.

The surrounding area offers plenty of options for adventurous travelers with the Banks Peninsula and the open ocean off to the east and plenty of sandy beaches, rocky coastline, sheltered bays and high untamed spaces. In the opposite direction, to the west, backpackers will find forested hills and lakes and a view of Australia’s tallest mountains. Heading north, visitors are treated to forests, rolling green hills, long, empty beaches and a whale-watching paradise known as Kaikoura. Finally, to the south is farmland, pristine rivers that offer fantastic opportunities for fishing, kayaking or whitewater rafting.

A Brief History & Important Facts for Backpackers-Churchchrist and Canturbury

The area’s oral history indicates that people first lived in the area more than 1000 years ago. The first inhabitants were moa-hunting tribes. Europeans didn’t land in the Canterbury region until 1815. English settlers founded Christchurch in the mid 1800s, and became a city by Royal Charter in 1856, which makes it the oldest established city in the country.

The city of Christchurch is now home to nearly 350,000 people, or about 8 percent of New Zealand’s population. English is the predominantly spoken language, although it is one of two official languages of New Zealand, the second language is Maori.

Christchurch Backpackers Accommodations

There are a wide variety of inexpensive options for accommodations for backpackers visiting or passing through Churchchrist, ranging from historical buildings and environments to facilities that are ultra modern and provide an ecologically friendly lodging experience. In particular, Cathedral Square is a backpacker’s haven, with places to stay that cater to the budget minded as well as travelers who are simply looking for a quiet place to stay.

  • Around the World Backpackers
  • Base Backpackers is located in the heart of Christchurch
  • Charlie B’s Backpackers Hostel
  • City Oasis
  • Coachman on the Square Backpackers
  • Cokers New Zealand Backpackers
  • Dorset House
  • Greenspace
  • Jailhouse Accommodation
  • Stonehurst Backpackers
  • YHA Christchurch City Central
  • YMCA Christchurch


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