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YHA Christchurch

36 Hereford Street, Christchurch, 8013, New Zealand

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Overall Rating 89%

From 2 Reviews

Hostel rating (2)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 90%
Cleanliness 85%
Location 95%
Security 90%
Service 90%
Comfort 85%
Green rating 90%

This beautiful historic building is situated in the arts district. Our friendly staff will be happy to give you all the information you need for Christchurch and beyond.

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Christchurch Hostel

Hostel Christchurch

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

Welcome to New Zealand’s newest YHA!

YHA Christchurch is a homely, comfortable, and close to everything Christchurch has to offer. Explore Christchurch’s lively entertainment scene, pop up malls, markets and thriving regeneration projects. Or hop on a bus and visit the beach, the suburbs and the Port Hills.

The heritage building had been a private hotel since the turn of the 20th century and has accommodated travellers and locals for over 100 years. YHA New Zealand has brought this beautiful, historic lodge up-to-date with a fresh feel, modern kitchens and new groups facilities. Enjoy the outdoor garden, BBQ and fire pit, as well as the spacious communal facilities and well-appointed range of backpacker accommodation.


Prices are non-member prices

Sorry, there is no availability for the dates you have chosen or the hostel is closed. Please refer to the hostel information for contact details and opening dates.

Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


Important info

  • 24-hour check-in is not available
  • Check-in is available between 14:00 and 22:00
  • Please contact hostel if arriving after 22:00
  • Government-issued photo ID is required to check in.
  • Children under the age of 17 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Membership can be purchased on arrival at hostel.
  • Rates quoted assume guests are not members of Hostelling International or a National Youth Hostel Association
  • A discount of 10 % of rates quoted is available to members on arrival.
  • Pets are not permitted in the hostel.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout



Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room
  • Garden
  • TV room


  • Suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • BBQ

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Wifi

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Basic Shop
  • Car parking nearby - At or next to the hostel
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Library / Book Swap
  • Lockers Available - Charges Apply
  • Travel / Tour Desk
Opening times

Opening times

Open all year

From 08:00 to 22:00
Open 24 hours

Get in touch

Get in touch

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Canterbury Museum (Less than 500 m)
  • Re Start Mall (500m to 1km)
  • Botanic Gardens (Less than 500 m)

See the full list of attractions



Our first night was in a room over the kitchen and the noise from the extractors was excessive all night, they never switched off. It was a hot day and windows had to be open. We upgraded to a room at the back which was lovely.


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Thu 23 Mar 2017

extremely pleased with the entire experience (from a well traveled hosteler)


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Sat 11 Mar 2017

Wonderful hostel, very modern with great facilities. I would certainly rate this in my worldwide top 3 of hostels visited.


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Fri 06 Jan 2017

Good kitchen, nice garden.


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Fri 16 Dec 2016

Great location and proximity to all points of interest in the downtown area. Hostel and room were quiet and secure. Hostel is also larger than most I've stayed in. There were lots of travelers coming and going. Great for business and activity but restrooms and early morning "noise" certainly take a toll. All was expected for hostel life. Despite the cons would definitely stay again.


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Sat 17 Sep 2016


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Beach (More than 10km)
  • Cinema (3 to 5km)
  • City Centre (Less than 500 m)
  • Cycle trails (500m to 1km)
  • Golf course (500m to 1km)
  • Gym (Less than 500 m)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (5 to 10km)
  • Local market (500m to 1km)
  • Museums / Art Galleries (Less than 500 m)
  • Nightlife (500m to 1km)
  • Parks / Green Area (Less than 500 m)
  • Restaurants (Less than 500 m)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (Less than 500 m)
  • Shopping area / Mall (500m to 1km)
  • Ski area (More than 10km)
  • Supermarket / Food store (500m to 1km)
Getting to us

Getting to us

Approx 10km from Christchurch International Airport.
The Airport Bus operates from 7am - 10pm approx. Please ask the Bus driver to indicate the Cambridge Tce / Worcester Street Bus stop and get off at this stop. Walk up 1 block to Hereford Street and turn right. You will find us through the next set of traffic lights on the left hand side - approx 5 min walk from the Bus stop. If your Bus takes you to the Central Station please ask the helpful information desk for directions to the YHA on Hereford Street
Shuttle Buses operate 24 hrs and depart regularly from outside the International Arrivals and are the preferred choice to get into the City Center as they charge a set rate per person. They operate a door to door service. As we have 2 hostels in Christchurch please advise you are going to YHA Christchurch on Hereford Street
Christchurch is busy repairing and rebuilding our city as a result of the 2010 / 2011 Earthquakes. This means that road closures and detours are very common. Download the YHA New Zealand travel app from the iTunes app store or on Google Play for Android phones to keep updated and find the easiest way to our hostel.
The Train Station is approx 3km from YHA Christchurch. Shuttle Buses meet the services and are the preferred choice to get you to the city center as they charge a set rate per person. From YHA Christchurch to the Train Station we can arrange you a free transfer. Please contact the hostel direct or arrange this service when you arrive.
Sports & activities

Sports & activities

  • Birdwatching
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Horse riding
  • Rugby
  • Skateboarding
  • Ski / Snowboarding
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Walking / Hiking

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