YHA Christchurch Rolleston House


YHA Christchurch Rolleston House is a character home which has been converted into a comfortable hostel located opposite the Canterbury Museum, the Botanical Gardens and Hagley Park. Stroll along the willow-lined Avon River or enjoy Hagley Park's acres of green parkland.

This property is a small and homely hostel with a range of backpacker accommodation including multi-share, double, twin and ensuite rooms. The kitchen and dining areas are well equipped, modern and pleasant.

Rolleston House is centrally located and is handy to bus routes. It's the perfect home base for exploring everything Christchurch has to offer: the city, the beaches, the Port Hills and everywhere else you might like to wander.

Christchurch is the largest city and gateway to the South Island. It is currently recovering from the 2010/2011 earthquakes. This has revealed the enterprise and dynamism of its people. Visit pop up malls, markets and thriving regeneration projects and suburbs, such as Addington. A full range of activities and tours is still available close to the city. Every adventurous traveller should visit!




Buses stop about 600m from the hostel. Most shuttles pick up at the hostel.


It is 8km from the Airport to the hostel. Super-Shuttle provides door to door transport.


The Train Station is 4km from hostel. Transfer in taxi / shuttle is about NZ$10 to return from the train station.

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  • Communal dining area
  • Fully Equipped Kitchen
  • Internet Access
  • Library Exchange
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking
  • TV Room
  • WiFi
Discover the dynamism of a city rediscovering and rebuilding itself following the 2010/2011 earthquakes.

  • Discover Christchurch's unique earthquake tourism including: Gap Filler, Greening the Rubble and Hassle Free Tour's double decker bus tour
  • Explore quirky music venues that have popped up around the city and enjoy local musicians
  • New and old favourite shopping precincts have appeared around the city including: the Tannery, Re:Start mall and New Regent Street
  • Discover Christchurch's unique craft beer scene
  • Get your dose of adrenaline and try paragliding, white water rafting, sky diving, jet boating or canyoning nearby
  • Have a Maori cultural experience with Kotane at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve
  • See the penguins and visit the Antarctic Centre
  • Punt down the Avon or hire canoes / pedal boats from The Boat Shed
  • Go dolphin swimming in Akaroa and Kaikoura
  • Enjoy the excellent mountain biking and walking nearby


  • (Feb 28th - Dec 11th) Whether you are a beginner or have done stop motion before, come along to this session to develop your stop-motion animation skills! In this course you will learn how to make your own LEGO stop-motion animated movie. ... Imagination Station
  • (Oct 23rd - Oct 24th) Admission prices discounted for Labour Weekend, Sunday and Monday. Admission Price includes train, tram, double decker bus, & trolley bus rides. As well as Bouncy castle, face painting and balloon twisting. Over ... Ferrymead Heritage Park
  • (Oct 22nd - Oct 23rd) Fab Lab Christchurch's interpretation of We Have The Means involves using a really big laser cutter to make beautiful and useful things using off cut materials sourced from local companies in their Sydenham ... Fab Lab Chch
  • (Apr 17th - Dec 18th) In our fast-paced world, are you looking to find more inner peace? Chanting this once-secret name for God, HU, has helped people throughout time find inner peace and divine love. Maybe it will help you. All are welcome ... South Christchurch Library
  • (Oct 13th - Nov 13th) A rare must see exhibition featuring over 30 works of intricate Indian Miniature paintings by the Master of Indian Miniature paintings, Ajay Sharma and his students. Ajay Sharma is a freelance artist and Master ... Oxford Street Art
  • (Oct 21st - Nov 13th) Bookings now open for Labour Weekend and Canterbury Anniversary! Recently featured on the Paul Henry Show, Stuff.co.nz and NewsHub - Crate Escape is a new entertainment attraction bringing the excitement of a live ... Crate Escape

YHA Christchurch Rolleston House is one of the most historic buildings in Christchurch; it offers great kitchen and dining facilities a perfect option for our hire a hostel option. The hostels provide quality, secure and affordable accommodation for education, sports and tour groups. Please email us to discuss your requirements before making a booking. 

Capacity and Room Types

YHA Christchurch Rolleston House can host up to 53 people across 13 rooms.

Room types available are:

  • 1 x 8 bed multi-share
  • 3 x 6 bed multi-share
  • 4  x 4 bed multi-share
  • 1 x triple room
  • 3 x twin and double rooms
  • 1 x twin and double rooms with ensuite facilities.
The accommodation

Great for our hire a hostel option this cosy hostel offers great facilities for groups wanting a private experience with the hostel all to yourselves. The hostel is spread over two floors with the majority of rooms on the second floor. The large lounge and kitchen area is situated on the ground floor.

Shared rooms

Group members are accommodated in comfortable 3 to 6 bed rooms and single unit bathroom facilities are situated in all areas of the hostel. All bedding is provided (duvets, sheets and pillows) and towels can be hired for $1 each.

Private rooms

Supervisors and tour leaders can be accommodated in single, double or twin rooms with private or shared bathroom facilities. These rooms include all bed linen, towels and TV’sand ensuite rooms have tea and coffee making facilities. Please note that we have a limited number of private rooms with ensuite facilities and they are subject to availability.

Group Breakfast

Continental breakfast can be served in our group kitchen upon request for $10 per person. It includes a choice of cereals, yogurt, fruit, toast and spreads (butter, jam, honey and peanut butter), tea, coffee and fruit juice.

Free WiFi for Group Leaders

We know being a group leader is tough work at the best of times and you need to stay contactable as much as possible to keep things running smoothly. To help you stay connected YHA offers provides group leaders with free high speed Wi-Fi during their stay. 

Free Booking Service

A free booking service is provided for all land-based domestic travel and activities including: Interislander and Bluebridge ferries, TranzAlpine, TranzScenic and Overland trains, Intercity coach travel and local shuttle services.

Contact our Group Coordinators

Contact YHA Christchurch direct 03 366 6564 or email christchuch.groups@yha.co.nz  or our national Groups Coordinator 0800 278 299.