Best Places for Backpackers in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Enjoy backpacking around Christchurch, New Zealand without a fixed itinerary by using our handy listings of the best hostels in every destination. Specially curated for backpackers and economy travellers, we help you find an amazing place to stay no matter where you're headed!

The best backpackers destinations & accommodation in Christchurch, New Zealand.

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Top 20 hostels in Christchurch, New Zealand.

These are the 20 most awesome hostels and budget places to stay in Christchurch, New Zealand.

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Foley Towers

94 /100

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Foley Towers

First try Foley Towers! Fabulously friendly. Finest facilities. Free un-limited Wifi and fantastic value for independent travellers. Gorgeous gardens. Underfloor heating, lashings of hot water, loads of space. Firm beds, feather duvets. Free off-street parking and free luggage storage. NO Bunks exce...
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Haka Lodge Christchurch

91 /100

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Haka Lodge Christchurch

Welcome to Haka Lodge Christchurch! We're is located in a suburban neighborhood in Christchurch; we have great eateries, supermarkets within walking distance and handy public buses to the central city, amazing beaches and the airport. We offer a range of accommodation options from dorm beds, d...
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Dorset House Backpackers

89 /100

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Dorset House Backpackers

Dorset House is a perfectly located boutique backpackers hostel in a historic 1871 home. It is situated in a lovely quiet garden setting and is right next to leafy Hagley Park. Built in 1871 as home for a wealthy timber merchant, Dorset House has a fascinating history. It blends character charm...
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Kiwi Basecamp

89 /100

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Kiwi Basecamp

Nestled between the mountains and the sea is Christchurch friendliest backpackers. World famous freshly baked bread in the mornings as well as a FREE pasta bake Monday to Friday until end of September enjoy free high speed internet and brand new facilities throughout. Kiwi Basecamp is the preferred...
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The Old Countryhouse Christchurch

88 /100

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The Old Countryhouse Christchurch

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...
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Chester Street Backpackers

88 /100

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Chester Street Backpackers

Welcome to Chester Street! We are a wonderfully colourful kiwi villa with a warm atmosphere and personal friendly service set in a quiet residential street only 8 minutes walk from the city centre. New to Hostelworld but have been operating for 20 years as one of Christchurch's favourite hostels....
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Jailhouse Accommodation Christchurch

87 /100

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Jailhouse Accommodation Christchurch

Stay in Jail for an unforgettable experience with Free Unlimited UltraFast WiFi! Hostelworld, Lonely Planet and Rough Guides’s top pick for Christchurch, we’ve won heaps of Awards! You can enjoy our renovated heritage accommodation, which had a colourful history as Addington Prison. Our clean,...
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YHA Christchurch

86 /100

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YHA Christchurch

Welcome to New Zealand’s newest YHA! Featuring 2 guest lounges and a communal kitchen, YHA Christchurch is located opposite the Arts Center, just 150 m from the Botanic Gardens and Hagley Park. You can enjoy a meal and relax in the lovely BBQ and garden area. There is a guest laundry on site. The...
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Urbanz Christchurch

85 /100

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Urbanz Christchurch

Stay in the centre of Christchurch in our beautifully renovated loft style building - easy walk to all city sights including Cardboard Cathedral, Tram, historic New Regent Street, Avon River, entertainment venues and the best bars and restaurants. FREE UNLIMITED wifi. Onsite bar with cheapest bee...
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YHA Rolleston House

85 /100

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YHA Rolleston House

Rolleston House is a freshly painted and renovated historic building full of character and homeliness. The hostel provides a wide range of backpacker accommodation from spacious dorms to large, warm private rooms. A large kitchen and dining room for guest use and friendly and entertaining staff...
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JUCY Snooze Christchurch

85 /100

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JUCY Snooze Christchurch

You’ll find JUCY Snooze Christchurch less than a 10 minute walk from both the International and Domestic Terminals at Christchurch Airport. But convenience doesn’t need to be boring! Whether you're resting before or after your next journey, or coming just for the fun of staying with JUCY, we’re at...
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Kiwi House

83 /100

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Kiwi House

Very helpful staff offer you clean and quiet room. About 15 minutes walk from City Center. Latest check in is 7pm. Free WiFi available! Without discount membership of all sort of hostel or backpackers, we still has a great value! We close NZ time 7pm every night. If you are arriving at Chr...
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All Stars Inn on Bealey

83 /100

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All Stars Inn on Bealey

FREE WiFi now we have your attention let our friendly and passionate staff welcome you to the ever changing and evolving city of Christchurch Situated next door to the Speight's Ale House we also have some amazing deals for our guest to dine on great food at a low cost. All en suited rooms hav...
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Around The World Backpackers

83 /100

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Around The World Backpackers

4-BED DORMS ONLY at Around The World Backpackers. Unlimited FREE WIFI. We're a small and homely hostel, situated only 10 minute walk from the city center and central bus station (Intercity stop). The hostel offers easy access to the Christchurch must-see destinations and activities. Around The Wo...
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YMCA Christchurch

82 /100

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YMCA Christchurch

Situated in the most fantastic central city location next to the Arts Centre & Botanical Gardens. The extensive range of accommodation is low cost and you will be impressed by the high standard of presentation. Keeping fit in our gym or challenging yourself on our climbing wall are experiences t...
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Rucksacker Backpacker Hostel

80 /100

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Rucksacker Backpacker Hostel

Rucksacker Backpacker Hostel is a budget traveller lodge in the centre of Christchurch, New Zealand - a friendly alternative to a cheap hotel or a large Youth Hostel (YHA). Come and relax in our small, friendly hostel with a sunny private garden and BBQ area. Choose from dorms, doubles or twins. All...
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Point Break Backpackers

67 /100

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Point Break Backpackers

Welcome to Point Break Backpackers! The only hostel at the beach in Christchurch! We have the ability to suit any backpackers needs! We have comfortable and affordable private rooms for those who want their space and amazing and spacious dorm rooms for those who don’t mind sharing rooms! Our...
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At The Right Place

63 /100

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At The Right Place

A warm friendly welcome awaits you At The Right Place. Small, clean, family run backpackers and motel. Having city centre convienece, but being tucked away from the main road for a quiet night's sleep. Office open 10 am to 8 pm Internet available, laundry facilities, great off street parking,...
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Cranford Cottages

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Cranford Cottages

Cranford Cottages and Motel, 2 x Deluxe Cottage, 2 x Luxury Cottage, 2 x Superior Cottage, 2 x Studio Cottage, 4 x Standard 1 Bedroom units, 2 x Standard Studio units. This Motel Accommodation in Christchurch is Ideal for Couples or Singles while visiting Christchurch or your house is being repaired...
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Bealey Avenue Motel

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Bealey Avenue Motel

Featuring free WiFi and parking. Bealey Avenue Motel offers accommodation with well-equipped kitchenettes and satellite LED TV. Christchurch city centre is just a 15-minute walk away. All units have cooking facilities with a microwave and refrigerator. Each unit has a private en-suite bathro...
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Things to see and do while backpacking in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Check out tips from other travellers and bloggers and their experiences in Christchurch, New Zealand.

If you're already planning to visit Christchurch, New Zealand - scroll to the next section for a list of the best places to stay.

By Plane

You can fly in/out of: Queenstown – 1 – 1.5 hour drive to Wanaka Christchurch – 5 – 6 hour drive to Wanaka Dunedin – 3 – 3.5 hour drive to Wanaka (this option tends to be more expensive than the other two, but is worth checking) The largest operators in New Zealand are Air New Zealand (the more premium option) and Jet Star (no frills). Jet Star are more likely to cancel flights, particularly into Queenstown during winter (due to fog). Both airlines are very safe.

Nicola Woodhead

Things to do (and eat)

When it comes to the best things to do, sure there’s all the fun touristy things to do: skiing on Mount Cook, wander the national parks, see some sheep and if you’re lucky maybe even a kiwi (the bird, not the fruit). But once you’ve done all that, there are a few things that might appeal to the quirkier of travellers. The many art galleries and museums are always a big draw, but if you head into the museum in Christchurch there’s a particularly unique exhibition that includes a house relocated from Bluff that is made entirely out of Paua shells. Go figure.

Ashleigh Cattermole-Crump

The Trip

Me and my friend Sonia left for the North Island during the middle of July. It does not sound as the best time to travel around as it’s middle winter, but this country turns up to be a year-round travel destination. It was cold, indeed, so be sure you remember to bring warm clothes when you head there, but it was definitely not unbearable. We spent the first week travelling around Auckland, reaching down to Mount Ngauruhoe, close to Lake Taupo, the most southern point we managed to get during our quick trip to the North Island. We went like in a circle, passing from the Coromandel Peninsula, down to Tauranga, Rotorua and Taupo, and then going back up passing from Waitomo District, Hamilton and Piha, just outside Auckland. Needless to say that one week is not enough, but we had no choice and flew down to Christchurch, where we picked up our rented car and did another two weeks of travelling all around the South Island. In this case we tried not to miss any single worth stop. But the weather was not on our side and unfortunately we couldn’t really enjoy every stop. Anyway, we did an anti-clockwise trip, starting from Christchurch, heading up to Kaikoura and Blenheim, passing by Queen Charlotte Sound (Totaranui) and stopping at Nelson for two days to enjoy the Abel National Park at its best. Then we turned south to Greymouth and to Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers, right before arriving in Wanaka. After this, we spent a couple of days in Queenstown, where you find tourists at any time of the year as it offers any kind of entertainment, from exciting activities like the first Bungee Jumping or the Swing, to relaxing boat cruises and mountain walks. Winter is of course the best moment to go skiing or snowboarding, and there were hips of backpackers around, ready to get the best from the good snow. After leaving Queenstown we went down to Te Anau and cruised along Milford Sound, then we reached the most Southern Point of the entire Island (Slope Point) and went chasing penguins and albatross around Dunedin. On the way back to Christchurch we couldn’t miss the night sky over Lake Tekapo and the snowy land of Mount Cook, we also drove through the astonishing Arthur’s Pass and ended our trip at Hanmer Springs and at the Banks Peninsula, close to the airport. Words can’t describe our entire experience. We’ve been staying in different hostels every night, crossing path with many other travellers on their way. Heard interesting stories from other people livings and shared rooms with men and women of any possible nationality. No other experience will ever equal the power of this trip and I will never forget all the challenges we also went through (the snow storm being one of those).

Vale

New Zealand: The Coromandel Peninsula 

Because we would fly from Christchurch back to Auckland, we decided to leave sightseeing in the city until the end of our journey and instead left immediately for the Coromandel Peninsula.

Anika Aylward Blake

OK Where to begin? ..

Well most people either start their trip up in Auckland in the north island, or Christchurch in the South Island. Both cities are the largest of their islands and have a large influx of backpackers and plenty of hostels to find others who are ready to get cracking and on the move. And what I also found is that unless your planning for a mad few weeks of intense shopping then both these cities don’t have that much that you can’t cover in a few days. Auckland- good for cafes on the waterfront, cute surrounding islands, lots of extinct volcanoes, and pretty parks, and Christchurch with an interesting but unfortunate history of earthquakes to discover but is still very much currently “under construction.” So most people are keen to put their shoes on and get exploring…

Ella Mountjoy

A Kiwi Experience on the South Island

Cathedral Square, Christchurch

Alex Taylor

Road trip: One route to get from Christchurch to Queenstown

Queenstown offers a host of recreational sports opportunities year round. Lake Wakatipu offers many wonderful sporting features; in summer, boating, sailing, water skiing, hiking, biking, climbing, jet boating, white water rafting, gold panning, 4WD and much more. These summer adventures continue into winter, along with skiing and snowboarding. It is a playground for all and, with its vast wine region, boasts an international reputation for travellers. Spreading in many directions, it can be approached by land and air with an international small airport, and roads that wend around precipitous lake and river-side cliffs from all directions. It is a place of incredible features that are just waiting to be tasted uncovered by intrepid travellers of all ages. Road trip: One route to get from Christchurch to Queenstown Our journey was a road trip  from Christchurch via the ‘inland route’, commonly reffered to as going through the centre. I have featured some sights and information that is by no means limited in this timeless landscape on a day’s drive to the capital of adventure – Queenstown.

TeresaGlobalTravels Teresa Lynch

Castle Hill: Intriguing ancient rock formation

As you drive west out of Christchurch, on State Highway 73 (SH73) towards the wild West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, the Canterbury plains give way to the foothills of the Southern Alps. Dry summer farmland transforms into the green paddocks of sheep and cattle farms as you rise out of the plains and into the rolling hills towards the steeper Porters Pass. In winter, keen groups and families take to the hills for a variety of recreation, to seriously ski and snowboard the higher mountains or toboggan the lower slopes and enjoy the snow of the area. Small lakes line the road beyond the Pass and in summer you can see small numbers of campervans, tents, and boating enthusiasts enjoying what nature has to offer. Climbing higher you come upon the Korowai-Torlesse tussock land park where wider open spaces offer a completely different vista from the lower plains and the terrain becomes much more interesting than farms and flat land.

TeresaGlobalTravels Teresa Lynch

Crossing the Cook Strait. Picton.

We started our journey from the North Island of the country, crossed the Cook Strait by the ferry departed from modern metropolitan Wellington to the little cozy port town called Picton. Having a short tour, we mentioned the strong smell of the sea salt and freshly caught fish, lots of boats and maritime museum. When turned back we were amazed by the height of mountains far away in the horizon and quickly jumped into the bus, which brought us to Christchurch in few hours.

Anna Dreamer

Day 1: Auckland

It was a success! Well, getting to the airport on time and not succumbing to the magnet that is known as sleep. Whoever created early morning flights knew the good and the bad side of it, and knew that it is something worth experiencing. From Christchurch, New Zealand, with a 6:30 am flight, you can imagine just how much sleep needed to be abandoned. A lot. Hello, dak side of really early morning flights! But I persevered and got to the Christchurch International airport and there really is nothing like it. There’s something about starting your day so early and in an airport to fly to a place waiting to be discovered. It truly is pure bliss and something that every traveller at heart needs to experience. I mean, I watched the sun rise on the plane, it was beautiful.

Fergielyn Maneja Catayoc

Christchurch, NZ: A Five Step Guide to Enjoying Your Working Holiday (or Visit)

If you’re looking at taking a working holiday in New Zealand, chances are you’re considering working in Christchurch, because of the employment oppertunities here due to the rebuild after the earthquakes.

Talya Willson

New Zealand: From coast to coast via Arthur

It’s been only a month that I’m in New Zealand of which I’ve spent a good amount in Christchurch but I’ve already managed to drive to the West Coast twice. So I figured I’d share my experience with you and give you some advice on which places are worth stopping at on the way. In order to go from coast to coast you will need to somehow get across the Southern Alps (or drive all the way around them).

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