YHA Christchurch City remains closed following the 22 February 2011 earthquake. We will update this page when more information becomes available.
YHA Christchurch Rolleston House reopens!
It’s been a bumpy ride since those early morning hours of 4 September 2010 when the people of Christchurch were introduced to earthquakes and aftershocks. The city suffered more damage in the 22 February 2011 earthquake. And so did YHA. Both YHA hostels closed after the 6.3 shocker. Despite the loss and damage to some areas of the city, post-earthquakes Christchurch has allowed locals and travellers the unique opportunity to witness a renaissance of sorts.
Tearing down, repairing, rebuilding, reopening happens daily across the city and seems only to be gaining momentum. One sign of that momentum is the reopening of YHA Christchurch Rolleston House. The hostel reopened its doors to backpackers again in November 2012.
The heritage building suffered cosmetic damage in the February quake. Since then, the hostel has been closed to travellers, possibly the longest period of time of closure since opening in 1919 as a hall of residence for University of Canterbury students. It is certainly the longest time YHA has shut the doors since leasing the building in 1975.
Reopening Rolleston House took nearly two years. Earthquake strengthening, a fresh lick of paint inside and out, new carpets and energy efficient heating have given the hostel a fresh lease on life. The paint is now dry, the scaffolding is down and the workman have moved on to other projects.
Our doors are now open! Come in and see for yourself. Better yet, stay the night!YHA Christchurch Rolleston House
5 Worcester Blvd, Christchurch