Backpacker Hostels in Christchurch, New Zealand

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Get to know Christchurch (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Christchurch. To help you make friends with Christchurch before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Christchurch is the largest city on the south island of New Zealand. It is also the second-biggest city on all of New Zealand, after Auckland. There are a great number of hostels in Christchurch.

Christchurch is the main transportation hub of the southern island of New Zealand, served by bus, train, and air transport. Bus passes in New Zealand are generally one of the best and cheapest ways to get around.

Like in most bigger cities in New Zealand, there are plenty of Christchurch hostels to choose from and the value of the lodgings is usually very good. Expect to pay about NZ$20 and upwards for a dorm room.

Christchurch is sometimes referred to as the most British city in New Zealand. There is plenty of sightseeing to do, the most famous destinations including the Christchurch Cathedral (finished in early 20th century), the Botanic Gardens, and the wide selection of parks, art galleries, and museums. You can also try a Christchurch City Bike Tour or the Punting on the Avon (buy your tickets from the i-Site which is situated in the Cathedral Square). Update: The Christchurch Cathedral was damaged in the 2011 earthquake and is currently being replaced with a new cathedral.

Christchurch is also bustling with festivals, especially in the summertime. Check in ahead for details and possible ticket reservations. Also be sure to book your Christchurch hostel well in advance during the summer as they're more likely to fill up during that time.

Written by local enthusiast for Christchurch hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Christchurch hostels Miika

FAQ about Christchurch Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Christchurch. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Christchurch. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

A hostel in Christchurch costs on average $24 for a dorm. A hostel in Christchurch with private rooms costs on average $91. shows all 17 Hostels in Christchurch. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.
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Your Packing List for Christchurch

Your Packing List for Christchurch

Pack smart, not hard

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Christchurch and New Zealand.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

Get your full Packing List here

Christchurch Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Christchurch, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
17 Total number of hostels
$24 Average dorm price
$91 Average private room price
$20 Cheapest hostel in Christchurch
Avon City Backpackers is the cheapest
Most Christchurch hostels are located in
City Center, Phillipstown, Lyttelton
8.1 Average rating of all hostels

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Travel Tips for Christchurch - from the Community

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