Rawhiti House & Backpackers, Geraldine

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Rawhiti House & Backpackers Reviews

Rawhiti House & Backpackers is a very nice hostel with a friendly atmosphere. It is a bicycle-friendly (you can take your bikes to your room) and family-friendly place. It looks like it's a place with people of all ages, not only eighteen- to twenty-five-year-olds, as in most hostels.

The Location

It is located in Geraldine, Canterbury, close to the town center, in a calm residential area with lots of parking spaces. You can walk to the town center, as it only takes five minutes.

Rooms and Bathrooms

This hostel used to be a hospital in the past, but it has been refurbished and redecorated to make it a very warm and welcoming place. The place has rooms with bunk beds, as well as private double rooms, which are quite spacious but very simple too. Some rooms have a window on the ceiling that you can open for fresh air and direct light in the morning. Although comfortable, rooms do not have a very modern look and are even in some cases a little old-fashioned.

The toilets and showers are standard, they are mixed (not separated for males and females) and they are clean. They should have more hangers for your clothes inside the showers though. The hostel provides towels for free, but you have to ask them.

Common Spaces

It has a kitchen and a living room with a pretty homey atmosphere. It is not the kind of place where people party until late and play music. The kitchen is very well equipped and spacious, with an oven, microwave, stoves, various cooking utensils, and a fridge. The common living room has a piano, a cute wooden table, various shelves with books for exchange, and an area with sofas. There is an area with grass and some wooden tables and benches, which is supposed to be for picnics.

The place has internet access, but it is not free (you can buy it online with your own computer or use the hostel computer). There is a board with leaflets about several tourist attractions and other hostels in the region.


This hostel is recommended for people who need a calm and friendly place to crash.

Street Entrance Picnic Area Dining Room Dining & Living Room Kitchen Corridor Twin Room

Great place to stay

This is a great place to stay, clean, nice owners, would recommend this to anyone needing a place to stay while in Geraldine.

United States

Rawhiti House & Backpackers Reviews from the Web

Excelleent friendly staff, rooms are spacious and gorgeous - cleanest you will find! Laid back, great relaxing atmosphere.

Monica Muniz


Originally a Maternity Hospiatl Rawhiti House @ Backpackers has tranquil views overlooking the friendly village of Geraldine.
All beds are fully made and to quote many guests "The best night sleep I have had in New Zealand!" The facilities include -A fully equiped kitchen - A Shared Shower and Toilet block, also a separate shower and toilet for privacy - Sunny warm comfortable lounge and sun lounge - Garden Area with a Barbecue and seating.
DVD Player - Television -
We offer plenty of off street parking and a lockable bicycle shed.
Geraldine has many things on offer - local artists - specialty shops including Chocolate Shop - Historic Cinema - Variety of Cafes and Pubs - Nature walks within the village with Talbot Forest and only 15 minutes away are the many walks of Peel Forest. In the summer there is White Water Rafting - 4x4 adventures - Kayaking. In the winter we are only about an hour away from three commercial ski fields and some private ones, two hours away from even more.

All this generates a warm relaxing, friendly environment where we are certain you will have an experience to remember.

Location and Contact


• Arriving from the west just follow the road signs (First Road on Left after 50km sign).
• Arriving from the north or south: Turn into Peel Street (Opposite RSA) and follow the road signs (Third road on Right).



Address: 27 Hewling St, Geraldine, New Zealand

Rawhiti House & Backpackers is listed on the following booking sites:

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Website Rawhiti House & Backpackers Geraldine www.rawhitibackpackers.com
Phone Number: +64 3 693 8252
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Facilities and Amenities

+50 Traveller

Digital Nomads

Family-Friendly Hostel

Quiet Rest


Bike Rental

Luggage Storage


Safe Deposit Box


Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Wi-Fi in Rooms

BBQ Grill

Book Collection/Exchange

Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Entirely Non-Smoking

Hair Dryers

Hot Showers



Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental

Power Point/Sockets in Rooms


Wheelchair Accessible

Airport Pickup


Lockers in Rooms

Service Animals

Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)

Maximum Stay: This would be discussed on an individual basis

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 8am to to 10pm

Size: Small (less than 30 beds)


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