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Haka Lodge Christchurch is a cozy hostel set in a three-story, A-frame-shaped house in the eastern suburbs of the city. It has free unlimited Wi-Fi; lots of indoor entertainment options (Netflix TV, books, games, music); and holds a very friendly environment, mostly thanks to its welcoming design.
The hostel is located in Woolston, one of the eastern suburbs of Christchurch, close to the coastline. While a couple kilometers away from the city center -- roughly one hour walking, ten minutes by car, or a half-an-hour using one of the bus lines that stop right next to the hostel -- it is well-sited if you want to enjoy the tranquility of the suburbs and be closer to the eastern spots, like Godley Head Park, Tauhinu Scenic Reserve, or the beaches. It has several big supermarkets around it as well as some other facilities.
Rooms and Bathrooms
There is only a seven-bed dorm room, which is basically the whole third level of the house. This upper level is divided into three different groups separated by walls (each of them has two or three single, non-bunk beds). This dormitory design, altogether with the good quality of the beds, good natural illumination, and the feeling of having your own space, makes it really comfortable when compared with the usual bunk-bed designs. There are several private rooms both on the second and lower floors, all of them well illuminated and perfectly separated from the dormitory, ensuring absolute privacy.
There are two shared bathrooms located on the second floor, both with a toilet and a shower with free soap, plus a toilet on the bottom floor. There are plenty and these will usually be vacant, taking into account the dimensions of the hostel.
The lower level of the house is where the main common spaces are located. The hall, right after the main entrance, is a big, well-designed space perfect for guests to meet and enjoy the hostel life. It has two sofas, a TV with YouTube and Netflix, books, a guitar, and plenty of stuff to get informed about the city or just pass your time indoors. Apart from that, this floor also has a fully equipped kitchen with several fridges and a good-sized dining room right next to it.
Other hidden spaces around the house include a bookshelf on the second floor and cozy little halls both on the second and third floors. The garden is beautifully dressed with native and non-native trees and flowers and has a sitting set perfect for enjoying a sunny afternoon.
Haka Lodge Christchurch is the right hostel if you want to enjoy a good night sleep regardless of your room choice and the tranquility of the suburbs. As it's few minutes ride from the city center, it will give you easy access to the beaches and coastal areas, plus provide you with a friendly and comfortable environment few hostels are able to offer.
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Published on Feb 8, 2019
Location and Contact
• You can find Haka Lodge at the Ferrymead end of Linwood Avenue, half way between Christchurch’s city centre and the surfing suburb of Sumner. • There is a public bus stop directly outside the lodge with public buses that regularly go to both these places. • The lodge’s location gives you great access to the City, Ferrymead, Sumner and suburbs. • Close by there is a supermarket, shopping mall and petrol station. • We are located on the corner of Linwood Avenue and St John's Street, 518 Linwood Ave. (opposite Oderings Garden Centre). You have to turn into a service road, Wanstead Place to access the property. We are on Linwood Ave but back from the main road – hence why people often get lost! • Should you require any further help with getting here, please call us!