Christchurch Hostels

Backpackers have no worries as to finding inexpensive places to stay in Christchurch, New Zealand. About twenty hostels and budget locations advertise lodging for $20 a night or less.

Base Christchurch consistently receives high ratings from visitors. Located on Cathedral Square at the center of the city, its location is unsurpassed. There is 24-hour reception, free WiFi and a public communal and game room and a kitchen and B-B-Q. Rooms come with linen, and a separate, optional area for women is provided. Base Christchurch is popular for its evening bar.

Another hostel regularly ranked high is the Old Countryhouse. Cost includes linen, WiFi, parking, kitchen facilities, B-B-Q, common room and library. Old Countryhouse is located at the corner of Stanmore Road and Gloucester Street, a 20-minute walk from city centre. The hostel is best known for its quiet charm as it is housed in a restored villa with impressive woodwork, handmade furniture and a large garden.

For those looking to stay near the train station, Jailhouse Accommodations is popular with travelers simply making connections for the Tranzscenic and Tranzalpine railway tours. Included is linen, WiFi, a kitchen and B-B-Q, common room, library, and pool table.

If the budget is the primary concern, Point Break is listed as the cheapest place to stay, under $15 a night. The location is good, just 1/4 mile from the New Brighton Beach, and very near the New Brighton Mall. From there, it is a 15-minute bus ride to city centre. There are fewer amenities than some hostels, but Point Break does offer 24-hour check in.

Around The World Backpackers is a small, family-owned hostel five minutes from city centre. Amenities include kitchen, B-B-Q, games, library, TV and internet, laundry and bicycles to rent. For a more intimate experience, Around The World may be a good choice– rooms sleep two or four.

Kiwi House has two locations: Gloucester Street and Hereford Street. Included are linen, WiFi, B-B-Q, and a common room. They also offer pick-up service from city centre, or it is a 15-minute walk.

Dorset House offers the kind of accommodations one might expect at a hotel rather than a hostel. Beds are fully made– no bunks. There is free internet access, breakfast, kitchen, common room, TV, games and library. Dorset is an historic building located next to Hagley Park. No children under 10.

For a perfect location, consider the YMCA. Less than two blocks from city centre. There is a 24-hour reception desk, linen, kitchen, common room and internet access. One can use the gym facilities for an extra charge.

New Excelsior is located in a trendy area with cafes and shops nearby with nightlife opportunities. Stonehurst offers hookups for RV’s, dorms, motel rooms or apartments. City Oasis is also near city centre and offers free soup and a free spa.

There are many more low-cost options available around Christchurch. With hostel/ low-budget accommodations it always pays to decide which amenities are your priorities and select accordingly.

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