Around The World Backpackers, Christchurch

City Center
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A Professionally-run Hostel is Best

I stayed for a week at Around The World Hostel in Christchurch this month (April, 2014) and was impressed with the friendly, professional staff and the overall high standards of this hostel.

One key to their success is their NO TOLERANCE policy for drunkenness in the hostel. I have stayed in countless travellers' hostels and seen numerous hostels go down the drain due to too much booze and resulting noise, abuse, and other hostel damage. You can have a drink here at Around The World, certainly, but must keep your drinking under reasonable control.

Bonuses here include free Wi-Fi, free tea and coffee, free movies and free local phone calls. Very few hostels anywhere on Earth can equal this, and very few can equal the friendliness and professionalism of this hostel.

Well Done, Around The World; no wonder this hostel wins awards.

Age 62 | Canada

Basic accommodation but with exceedingly pleasant and helpful staff

First experience of staying in a hostel. The room I shared with my sister was very basic. it was clean and beds comfortable. What did impress me was the helpfulness of the staff from the initial contact by email right through to ensuring we caught our coach on our onward journey when a taxi had let us down.

Age 64 | British

Response from the accommodation:

Thanks Kath for your review. I hope your trip went well. Regards Belinda

Strongly advise against staying here, nothing like brochure describes

This backpackers must have changed dramatically in the last few years as when a friend and I stayed there last week it was pretty awful. The other guests, who appeared to be long stayers, left the kitchen, bathroom, and lounge so dirty they were uninhabitable; stole our labeled food; and kept us up all night with their loud, foul mouthed conversations.


Nothing special but it's clean and friendly. It's a short walk into town and there's a fabulous Chinese restaurant en route!


This place is great. I spent three months there and met some great people. The staff are great too.


Around The World Backpackers is situated along busy Barbadoes street just outside the real city centre of lovely Christchurch. The extremely friendly owners Fraser and Janneke (Dutch heritage) go well out of the way to make your stay feeling like home. With 46 being the maximum number of people to stay it is not too big, although the four bed dorms are a bit small.

The place is clean and there are seperate showers for women but also a unisex bathroom for the less shy ones. In winter there is free internet and they have probably the cheapest long stay winter deals in town.

The kitchen is too small for the size of the backpackers, but if the place is not too full it is ok. The big cosy tent in the garden makes up for the lack of space in the kitchen. In winter it is quiet anyway and so the kitchen is not a problem. There is a barbecue in the garden for those great kiwi evenings. Free tea and coffee and tens of fre herbs and spices give that little extra for the backpacker. Even free towels when asked. Great!

Janneke constantly cleans after all backpackers and deserves a trophy for that. The TV room has over 50 free videos and the hostal has free parking available for those with their own transport. For those without transport it is about 15 minutes walk from the busstation. The usual stack of information about places to visit and other hostels can be found in the hallway. A weekly or so changing doorcode keeps the place secure and gives 24 hours access.

Edwin van de Koolwijk

I met my first love/present partner here while doing my laundry. The staff and other guests rocked!


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More a halfway house than a hostel. Loud techno music blasting from a room all night, empty bourbon cans and food plates under my bed, my "roomie" made the room smell like alcohol and stale BO that I couldn't not clear with the window open all night. Kitchen floor covered in soggy newspaper to stop the old fridge leaking everywhere. Door out back is left open and unlocked, considering there is a homeless shelter within 2 blocks that's not safe... I left after one night due to not feeling comfort


Really happy with our stay. Everything was amazing from the moment we arrived. Communication before we got there and when we were there from staff was clear and concise. The other guests were friendly and. Respectful of space. Completely amazing facilities - private womans bathroom is a plus. Will be staying again!

Thanks guys!

Julie & Mana (room 2)


Whenever I will plan for Christchurch.......I will only go with around the world.


A pleasant enough place to stay when in Christchurch. Friendly professional staff. It was clean and tidy. The kitchen well equipped. A cosy lounge/computer room. A nice back lot with tables. Disappointed they increased their prices by 10% (literally) overnight which meant I didn't stay on, but these things happen.


This place isn't bad for one night. The staff was nice. The room and bathrooms were clean. The kitchen was gross though. No freezer. Busted pool table, bbq doesn't work. There are aggressive all caps signs everywhere telling people to clean up after themselves. That doesn't make you feel at home, nor does it actually ever work. Kitchen maps were awesome tho. Also there was a curtainless window by my bed with super bright light shining through at night. I had to block it with a pillow and towel.


Great place would definitely come back


Great place to stay


First two nights there was a couple arguing in the hall which was pretty loud. But other than that it was pretty chill.

About a 10min walk from the centre which is great, you can walk to get rollicking gelato and walk back and not feel to guilty.

Beds were comfy and bathroom was kept clean.

WiFi is terrible sometimes.



Around The World Backpackers is a distinct addition to Christchurch and a smart choice for travellers. Situated only 1.6 km from the city centre, guests are well located to enjoy the town's attractions and activities. With its convenient location, and only a short walk to the Intercity bus depot on Armagh street, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.

Around The World Backpackers offers impeccable service and all the essential amenities to invigorate travellers. Free unlimited WIFI, towels, tea, coffee and sugar. A herb garden is available to all guests as well as on-site features like laundry service, shared lounge/TV area, a huge range of DVD's to choose from, BBQ facilities, luggage storage.

The hotel's host of recreational offerings ensures you have plenty to do during your stay. The staff can book any activity you have planned in Canterbury. With an ideal location and facilities to match, Around The World Backpackers hits the spot in many ways.

Weekly activities at the hostel are: Wednesday 8pm movie night and free popcorn, Happy Hour CBD bar 4-6pm, Thursday 7pm Live entertainment and BBQ, Friday 6-4pm Happy Hour CBD bar, Saturday 6pm Free BBQ
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Location and Contact


• We are 1/2 hour drive from the airport, 5 minute walk from the Intercity bus stop and 10 minute walk into town.
• We are situated on Barbadoes street which is a one way street heading south just past Beet street café.



Address: 314 Barbadoes Street, City Center, Christchurch, New Zealand

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Website Around The World Backpackers Christchurch
Phone Number: 0064 (03) 3654363
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Facilities and Amenities

Digital Nomads

Quiet Rest

Solo Traveller


Luggage Storage


Safe Deposit Box


Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Wi-Fi in Rooms

Bike Rental ($18 1 hour)

24 Hour Security

BBQ Grill

Book Collection/Exchange

Cable TV

Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Entirely Non-Smoking

Evening Entertainment


Hair Dryers

Hot Showers

Jobs/Work Available



Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental

Outdoor Seating

Power Point/Sockets in Rooms


Airport Pickup


Lockers in Rooms

Wheelchair Accessible


Service Animals

Genders: Males & Females

Max. Age: All Ages

Min. Age with Parent (dorms): 13

Min. Age with Parent (private room): 13

Min. Age without Parent: 16

Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 8:00am to 9:00pm

Size: Medium (30-60 beds)


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