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Welcome to our hostel
Around the hostel
Become a member!
Being a HI member means you get 10% discount on your overnight bookings - but we're so much more than a bed: we offer HI members a whole range of great deals and offers through our partnerships worldwide. From museums and tours, to adventure activities and national parks, enjoy the benefits of the real hostelling experience.
Join the HI Community
At HI, we want everybody to be able to enjoy the real hostelling experience: more than a place to stay, this is about opening minds, meeting new people, cultural immersion and getting travellers involved in our global activities. We love travelling as much as you do, so we have high hostel standards wherever we expand on the planet, but more than where you rest your head, this is about taking something unforgettable away with you – wherever you come from, or are going next.
The Festival for the Free and Fabulous: World Buskers Festival
Fabulous, fast paced and best of all, free to the public, the SCRIT World Buskers Festival has been held in Christchurch for over 20 years and is one of the best celebrations of street theatre in the world. Both local and international acts pan for your pennies during the ten-day event in January in Hagley Park.
Indulge your sweet tooth with a range of chocolate-making classes at She Universe Chocolat in Christchurch. Lessons range from tempering and truffle-making to mixing chocolate with savoury dishes.
YHA New Zealand Sustainability
YHA New Zealand is committed to environmental sustainability and helping protect and preserve New Zealand’s beautiful backyard. We’ve taken steps throughout our hostels to reduce waste, emissions, energy and water usage. Hostelling itself is a great example of environmental responsibility as it’s a form of low-impact travel, encouraging travellers to leave a smaller ‘footprint’ by sharing rooms and communal spaces. To help our guests reduce their ‘footprints’ even more, YHA started the Green Footprint Project whereby travellers can offset their environmental impact by purchasing native trees. Since 2004, 11,000 trees have been planted. That’s a whole lot of carbon reduction!
Christchurch: Shabby Chic Market
Sip Devonshire Teas in the shady courtyard accompanied by sweet sounds and popsicles. Shabby Chic Market sprawls inside and outside a riverside Villa in one of Christchurch’s old time suburbs, selling all things vintage, retro, kitsch and collectable. Monthly: spring, summer and autumn.
Christchurch: Lyttelton Farmer’s Market
Jaunt harbourside in the port town of Lyttelton for the Lyttelton Farmer’s Market, an institution of all things straight-from-the-local-farms-and-boats since 2005. Once you’ve purchased your kale and Kaiser roll, stroll through the local London Street shops while local musos serenade. Weekly.
Christchurch: Riccarton Market
Riccarton Market is largest market of its kind in New Zealand with over 300 stall-holders hawking their wares on the racecourse grounds. From fresh fruit to second-hand goodies, furniture, clothes, plants, trees and whatsoever your heart desires – this market is bound to have it. Weekly.
Christchurch Farmer’s Market
A heritage homestead backdrops the Christchurch Farmer’s Market. The market offers visitors the chance to talk to the folk who sow, grow, brew and whip up the honest to goodness, 100% NZ made fruit, veggies, breads, cheeses, coffees, meats and sweet treats. Weekly.