YHA Christchurch


YHA Christchurch is a homely, comfortable, 100 year old building with a friendly, modern atmosphere. The hostel is located near the Christchurch town centre, the Canterbury Museum, the Botanical Gardens and Hagley Park.

A wide range of comfortable backpacker accommodation is available including multi-share, female only, double, twin and well-appointed ensuite rooms. YHA Christchurch also accommodates families and groups. All rooms have flat screen TVs.

The kitchen is fully equipped with gas hob stoves and plenty of storage for your groceries. The communal lounge and dining is updated and modern and there is an outdoor garden and BBQ.

YHA Christchurch is centrally located and is handy to bus routes. It's the perfect home base to enjoy and witness the Garden City rebound and regenerate from the 2010/2011 earthquakes. Explore Christchurch’s lively entertainment scene, pop up malls, markets and thriving regeneration projects and suburbs. A full range of activities and tours is available close to the city.




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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  • Fully Equipped Kitchen
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  • Laundry
  • Library Exchange
  • Limited free WiFi
  • Luggage Storage
  • TV Room
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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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  • (Dec 9th - May 3rd 2017) Join our friendly and competitive Christchurch Poker League. We do NLHE cash rebuy tournaments - $10 entry and $10 rebuys with cash prizes. The Fitz Bar & Eatery
  • (Mar 23rd - Oct 26th) Would you like to take a break from your daily life and take a dip into the amazing Italian atmosphere? Join the Italian Book Club. From March to the end of November we read and discuss 8 books - one per month - ... St Ninian's Presbyterian Church
  • (Aug 10th - Nov 2nd) Wednesday Night is Legendary at the Craic Irish Bar! Come on down and sing along to your favourite songs. Best to get in early and secure you spot as it fills up pretty fast. See you there! The Craic Irish Bar
  • (Aug 24th - Dec 14th) This event is a weekly drop in class. Each class consists of a guided meditation and a talk based on Buddhist wisdom. Classes are suitable for everyone. Join in any week, booking is not required. Everyone is ... Te Hapua Halswell Centre
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This beautiful historic building provides all the modern features your group could need with two fully equipped kitchens and lounge areas. YHA Christchurch provides quality, secure and affordable accommodation for education, sports and tour groups. 

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Hostel capacity

YHA Christchurch can cater for up to 121 people across 41 rooms.

Room types available are:

  • 2 x 6 bed multi-share
  • 2 x 6 bed multi-share ensuite
  • 3 x 4 bed multi-share
  • 3 x 4 bed multi-share shower and basin ensuites
  • 2 x 4 bed multi-share ensuite
  • 18 x twin and double rooms
  • 2 x single rooms
  • 5 x twin and double rooms with ensuite facilities.
  • 1 x 3 person family rooms (1 x double + 1 x single bed)
  • 1 x 4 person family rooms (1 x double + 2 x single beds)

The hostel is spread over two floors with the majority of our multi-share rooms in one area on the first floor. All bedroom doors lock automatically when closed and require swipe keys for access. A duplicate set can be provided for leaders to access all rooms allocated to your group. 

A private group lounge and dining space may be offered to groups of 30 or more if requested.

Room types

Shared rooms

Group members are accommodated in comfortable 4 or 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

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




Find out more!

Contact YHA Christchurch's Groups Coordinator. Christina is happy to help: 
groups.ch@yha.co.nz  03 379 9536

Facilities & services

Hostel facilities

  • Fully equipped, self-catering group kitchen and dining area
  • Outdoor courtyard and BBQ
  • Free luggage storage
  • Wheelchair access
  • Free Wifi for group leaders
  • All bed linen included
  • Laundry facilities


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

A packed lunch or onsite lunch and dinner options are also available upon request. 

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.

 Find out more about accommodation for groups across the YHA Network.  



YHA Christchurch is a stone's throw from the Christchurch Botanic Gardens and Canterbury Museum and a short walk form the rejuvenating City Centre. the central location means Hagley Park and sports grounds, Willowbank wildlife reserve, Orana Wildlife Park, Ferrymead historic park and the International Antarctic Centre are 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

Unfortunately we do not have our own off-street car park. There is on-street car parking available outside the hostel. 



Contact us!

Would you like a quote for your stay? Complete our booking enquiry form: Enquire now

Have questions? YHA Christchurch's Groups Coordinator, Christina, is happy to help: groups.ch@yha.co.nz   03 379 9536

Travelling elsewhere in New Zealand? Get in touch our National Groups Coordinators, Rod and Saskia: book@yha.co.nz    0800 278 299