The Staging Post, Hawkswood

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The Staging Post Reviews

The Staging Post is not a 5 star hotel

We are a family of four traveling around the South Island by car. We found the Staging Post more than adequate for our requirements. The manager, Linda, provided us not only with a warm welcome but also excellent homemade pizzas and beer for our evening meal and bacon and eggs for our breakfast the next morning, all at very reasonable prices. The place has a very rustic atmosphere, which we really liked. You can travel anywhere in the world and find better accommodation which all looks and feels the same, check in, check out -- staying at the Staging Post is a real NZ experience, peaceful and simple, in a beautiful rural environment.

Age 56 | Australia


this is a beautiful peaceful place to stay. i was grieving my mother's death, i had space here to grieve and breathe, nature comforted me. there are quiet places to read a book in the sun, listening the birds sing. i highly recommend a stay here.

Age 53 | australia

Pretty unhappy with staging post in general. won't be returning.

The rooms advertised are for some reason a lot nicer than the room we had been given. We were treated like backpackers on a budget when we were looking for a nice weekend get away. Our room was small, dirty and musty; just to mention a few things. We had no toilet paper when we arrived and the shower drain was blocked with old hair which someone had previously pulled out and left a pile of it in the corner. Yuck!! The other toilet and shower blocks were in a terrible state. Found the owners to be unhelpful and made a couple of quite insulting comments. The place is messy, unfinished and rundown, the website is very misleading. The most unsatisfactory accommodation for me yet.

Age 25 | New Zealand

The Staging Post is a cute, affordable, extremely quiet, rural hostel and farmstay experience in the small village of Hawkeswood. It has no internet access. The place is very safe for bikes, as it is fenced in and far away from any traffic.

The Location

Hawkeswood is a very small village on the road SH1 from Kaikoura to Christchurch. Set in a very rural and uninhabited area close to the Conway River, this farm enjoys the very quiet and natural environment of North Canterbury. There are no services in the village and the closest shop is in Cheviot (twenty-four kilometers away). The farm has more than one hundred fifty years of history and it has served as a historic place for travelers to stop on their way to Christchurch.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The hostel has one double room and a dorm room, in addition to an area for camping and camper vans. The double room has a curtain instead of a door, with a wall painted with typical New Zealand native birds and forest, a double bed, a small window with natural light, two chairs, and a bench for your bags and suitcases. It has also a fashionable, industrial bedside light. The dorm room has four bunk beds, a window with natural light from the porch, with a warm lino floor, and a wooden bench for your bags and luggage.

The bathroom is next to the double room and has two toilets and three showers. You are encouraged to take short showers, because the farm uses rainwater. Showers have a large soap rack, curtains dividing the cubicle between the shower and the toilet, a hanger on the back of the door for hanging clothes, and a small bin.

Outside the shower and toilet cubicles, there is an area with two sinks, two mirrors, two towel racks, and pinewood walls, which has also a wooden shelf where you can leave your clothes before getting in the shower cubicle. The bathroom facilities are generally clean, although there may be some bits of leaves, due to the rural environment where the hostel is found.

Common Spaces

The common areas are basically one single room with the kitchen and the dinning area, next to the rooms, leading to the same veranda. The kitchen has a conventional oven with four electric cooking stoves; a big retro microwave; an old fridge and freezer; a kettle; a toaster; several pots with free coffee, tea, and sugar; various cooking utensils, cutlery, plates, pots, pans, mugs, glasses and wine glasses; dishwasher soap; and recycling bins. There are also several food options available to buy at reasonable prices for those who forgot to stock up before they arrived.

The kitchen room also has a large, long, hardwood table with wooden benches and two sofas, next to a wood-burning stove that the staff will tell you how to use. The stove is nice to use even in the summer and it creates a warm, homey atmosphere within the red walls of the room. There is a small variety of books available, several board games including Monopoly, and a music hi-fi with two speakers in each end of the room. The veranda has a wooden table and chairs. Several chickens usually walk around the patio, as well as two white terriers, and there is a swimming pool.


Although it's located in the middle of nowhere, The Staging Post is a nice stop on your way to Christchurch if you love the rural life and animals. The reduced number of beds makes it a very quiet place.

Sinks Shower and toilet Double room View from outside Veranda Dining room Dorm room Kitchen

This is a lovely rustic farmstay. We love its old rooms and lovely people who run it -- a tranquil hideaway not to be missed.

Sue O'hara

Location and Contact



Address: 275 Hawkswood Road off Parnassus, Hawkswood, New Zealand

The Staging Post is listed on the following booking sites:

Not listed at Hostelworld


Website The Staging Post Hawkswood
Phone Number: +64 (0) 21 1356186
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Facilities and Amenities

+50 Traveller

Digital Nomads

Family-Friendly Hostel

Quiet Rest

Luggage Storage


Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Wi-Fi in Rooms

Bedsheets ($10 per bed)

Breakfast ($30 for 2)

Dinner (B&B options)


BBQ Grill

Book Collection/Exchange

Camping Allowed Onsite

Entirely Non-Smoking


Hair Dryers

Hot Showers



Lounge Area

Outdoor Seating

Power Point/Sockets by Each Bed

Power Point/Sockets in Rooms

Swimming Pool


Wheelchair Accessible

Airport Pickup

Credit Card Payments

Lockers in Rooms


Service Animals

Genders: Males & Females

Min. Age with Parent (dorms): All Ages

Min. Age with Parent (private room): All Ages

Min. Age without Parent: 17

Checkout: 13:00 (1 PM)

Curfew: 21:00 (9 PM)

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: October to April or by arrangement in winter

Reception Hours: 9 or 10 or midday until 8pm most days

Size: Small (less than 30 beds)


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