Chez La Mer Backpackers, Akaroa

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Chez La Mer Backpackers Reviews

Chez la Mer Backpackers is located easy to find. The reception is comprised of a small table on the left as you enter the hostel. It is beautifully decorated inside the hostel, and a gorgeous landscaped backyard with lots of entertainment area. It is an affordable and clean hostel for budget travelers, but not ideal for light sleepers as it can be noisy.

The Location

This hostel is located on the main road as you enter Akoroa. The hostel features on-street parking and is within walking distance to the pier, bakery, petrol station, and convenience store. It is approximately twenty-five minutes' walk to the strip of shops with lots of restaurants.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Each room is differently and beautifully decorated. The door locks don't seem to work properly but the owners are happy to fix it or place you in another room if required. Heaters are available in each room. The floor is squeaky and walls are thin, so it can be noisy if you have rowdy neighbours. The bathroom is clean and of adequate size with hooks for you to hang your dry clothes. Showers are great.

Common Spaces

There are lots of sitting areas inside and in the backyard. The hostel is two stories with a kitchen and dining table on each level. The backyard is beautifully landscaped. The hostel is not a social place as people tend to stay here overnight and travel in groups.


Overall, this is a great place to stay. There is a pub two buildings away. This is a hostel converted from an original house when Akoroa was colonised by the French, so beware that this place might not be an ideal place to stay if you are a light sleeper.



A clean and friendly hostel, my stay here was delightful. Free tea & coffee & wireless, plenty of communal space. The owners also run a dolphin sailing cruise, which was excellent! A fantastic place to stay.



This place is pretty special. We had a double room for a couple of nights and loved this place. It is a really special hostel -- very homey, with a warm log fire raging in the lounge room over winter and the best-equipped kitchen I've ever come across. It basically feels like you're staying in a home. The best thing was how friendly everyone was. Unlike all the "Kiwi Experience"/"GAP year" backpackers we came across in New Zealand, people were so friendly here and would, for example, offer to make you a cup of tea when they made one for themselves. Not suited to those who are looking to drink, party, and fornicate their way around the world -- more a place to relax and rejuvenate.

George & Rosie

This was a nice hostel to stay in and the owners were nice, but we think safety is a problem here. There are no locks on the dorm doors and we had money stolen from a padlocked bag. We later found out that this has happened before so were not impressed! It was also very noisy and the kitchens were tiny. We won't be returning!

Maria and Leanne

I loved it, so homey. fantastic garden in back.

American owned. French atmosphere.

Spent 3 nights there could have spent a week. Groceries close by, everything within walking distance.

Susan H

It's very clean and comfortable, and nice and friendly!


This is a lovely, wee hostel. It was very homely, and the garden was amazing.



Discover the beauty of the Banks Peninsula while staying in the heart of historic Akaroa. Enjoy free gourmet brewed coffee and tea. Relax in the tranquil garden, take one of the many area walks and kayak (or swim) with hector dolphins. Free mountain bikes and fishing rods. Free Wifi. Special discounted rate for guests on Fox II Sailing harbour cruises. Heated rooms with fully made up beds. Check us out online at

Location and Contact


Akaroa is an hour and fifteen minutes from Christchurch and our hostel is centrally located on the main street, directly across from the petrol station.

Facilities and Amenities

+50 Traveller

Quiet Rest

Solo Traveller


Bike Rental

Lockers in Rooms

Luggage Storage


Safe Deposit Box

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Wi-Fi in Rooms

City Tours

BBQ Grill

Book Collection/Exchange

Clothes Dryer

Entirely Non-Smoking

Hot Showers



Lounge Area

Outdoor Seating

Power Point/Sockets in Rooms

Airport Pickup


Credit Card Payments

Wheelchair Accessible

Service Animals


Genders: Males & Females

Min. Age with Parent (private room): 10

Min. Age without Parent: 18

Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: 7 nights

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 9 AM - 9 PM (09:00-21:00)

Size: Small (less than 30 beds)


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