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, twin, and double 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.

We have two hostels in Christchurch. Check out YHA Christchurch here.

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Buses stop about 600m from the hostel. Most shuttles pick up at the hostel; please get in touch with hostel staff for advice or to book. The main Bus Interchange in Christchurch is approximately a 15 minute walk from the hostel, which provides an easy transport link to popular destinations including Sumner Beach, New Brighton, and Riccarton Bush's Saturday morning market.


It is 8km from the Airport to the hostel. Taxis are readily available from the door of the terminal. Public buses depart from the terminal to the City Bus Interchange approximately every half hour during the day (once per hour on weekends); these accept cash, or have discounted fares for those with a Metrocard. Please see metroinfo.co.nz for up to date timetable and fare information. Note that the Central Bus Interchange is approximately a 15 minute walk from the hostel.

Shuttle options are available and hostel staff are happy to book these for you. We recommend Steve's Shuttle. Super-Shuttle also provides door to door transport and can be pre-booked via their website or by phone.


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


We have a very limited number of parking spaces on site, but lucky for you our staff are in a great position to recommend the best places in town to park! Street parking is available nearby and is free from 6pm until 9am.

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  • 24 Hour Guest Access
  • 2GB Free WiFi Every Day
  • American Express
  • Bedding Provided
  • Bicycle Storage
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Available to Purchase
  • Communal Dining Area
  • Communal Lounge
  • Convenience Store
  • EFTPOS, Visa & Mastercard
  • Food Storage
  • Free Movies
  • Fully Equipped Kitchen
  • Garden or Outdoor Area
  • Guitar
  • Hair Dryers
  • Herb Garden
  • Hostelling International Bookings
  • Hot Water Bottles Available
  • Late Check-In On Request
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Recycling Stations
  • Secure Bedrooms
  • Towel Hire
  • Travel & Activity Bookings
  • TV
  • Union Pay
  • Wheelchair Accessible
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


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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.  

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Hostel capacity

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 multi-share
  • 2 x twin private room (shared facilities)
  • 1 x queen private room (shared facilities)
  • 1 x queen private ensuite room

Please let us know in advance if you require our queen private ensuite room to be split into a twin room. 

If you have any questions Paul and Christina are happy to help:

 groups.ch@yha.co.nz    03 366 6564 

Room types

Shared rooms

Group members are accommodated in comfortable 3 to 6 bed rooms. Shared bathrooms have single sex facilities. All bedding is provided (duvets, sheets and pillows) and towels can be hired for $1 each.

Private rooms

Group leaders can be accommodated in double or twin rooms with private or shared bathroom facilities. These rooms include all bed linen, towels and TV’s. 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.

Exclusive Use

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 on the ground floor.

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Facilities & services

Hostel facilities

  • Fully equipped, self-catering kitchen and dining area
  • Free luggage storage before & after stay
  • 2GB free WiFi daily across YHA managed hostels
  • All bed linen included
  • Laundry facilities
  • Sky TV


Continental breakfast can be served 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 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.

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YHA Christchurch Rolleston House is directly opposite the Canterbury Museum and Christchurch Botanic gardens with a short walk to the rejuvenating City Centre. The central location means Hagley Park sports grounds, Willowbank wildlife reserve, Orana Wildlife Park, Ferrymead historic park and the International Antarctic Centre are all easily accessible. 

We can help to arrange your activity bookings or transport to local activities. Just let us know, we are happy to help!

From Airport

Christchurch is Airport is 9km from the hostel. The most convenient option for Groups is to book a door to door shuttle. 

By Train

The train station is 4km from YHA Christchurch. Talk to your Groups Coordinator about arranging a shuttle. 

Car Parking

Off-street car parking is very limited, talk to Paul and Christina if you require parking for your trip. 


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For multiple locations get in touch with our National Groups Coordinator, Rod: book@yha.co.nz | 0800 278 299