Hostels and free camping in Christchurch

We stayed at three different hostels and one free campsite during our 6 night stay in Christchurch. 

YMCA Christchurch: We stayed here for the first two nights. It was $95 NZD/night for a private room. From the airport you can take the purple line bus or the #29 bus. It is $8 one way and the bus departs from outside the far end of the international arrivals terminal, past the Vodafone counter. More information.


-near the Botanic Gardens, Canterbury Museum and CBD
-shared kitchen with pots, pans, plates, utensils, etc.
-free food bin in kitchen


-no bathroom in room
-a bit pricey for what you get
-have to pay for WIFI

Avon City Backpackers: We stayed here for two nights at $60 NZD/night for a private room. More information.


-picked us up for free from the YMCA and gave us a lot of information about Christchurch
-walking distance to the library, mall and the Countdown (grocery store)
-shared kitchen


-little run down
-no bathroom in room
-no manager/employee on site (have to call when you want to check out)
-only accepts cash
-not very close to the city center

Haka Lodge: We stayed here for one night for $79 NZD for a private room. This was my favorite hostel in Christchurch! More information. I have also heard that the Jailhouse is great.


-shared kitchen
-free WIFI
-comfortable lounge room


-shared bathroom
-a bit far from the city center

Windsurfing parking area: We stayed here for 1 night after we bought our car. Camping here is free. You can camp a maximum of 5 nights per month. More information.


-it’s free


-very crowded with backpackers

One comment

  1. Susan Skytta

    I love your details especially the pros and cons which makes it much easier to make a choice about staying each place.

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