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Enjoy the Country While Staying in the City

Welcome to The Old Countryhouse - a multi award winning backpackers hostel in Christchurch created by travellers for travellers.  It is a great place to base yourself for your stay in Christchurch.  Take the time to rest, relax and rejuvenate with us during your journey around the world or New Zealand.

We are a small backpackers hostel in Christchurch with plenty of space and a family atmosphere. Walk through the garden gate and you will be greeted by tranquil gardens and winding paths leading to our beautiful colonial villas. Each house has been lovingly restored and refurbished to provide you with comfortable budget accommodation.

Pop across the road to buy takeaways or food to cook a meal in our large well equipped kitchens.  Or if you want to eat out, we are only 1500m from Cathedral Square in the heart of Christchurch's shopping and restaurant district.  Walk along flat tree-lined suburban streets past the picturesque Latimer Square or catch a public bus from outside our door.  If you have a car, there is plenty of room to park outside the hostel for free.  We also provide secure onsite cycle parking. Butique Backpacker, Youth Hostel Christchurch

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You Will Feel At Home At The Old Countryhouse

New Zealand's unique villa homes are much loved by New Zealanders and overseas visitors alike.  During our renovations we have kept all the character and classic styling of a villa but combined it with modern technology and comforts.  When you stay with us you will enjoy... Hostel Christchurch

> Really comfortable beds for a good night's sleep
> Plenty of facilities so you don't need to queue to use a kitchen, bathroom or laundry
> Spacious rooms and outdoor areas so there is lots of room for everyone
> And a rarity in Christchurch and even in New Zealand: A European-style central heating!
> Staff who really care about the place and keep it absolutely spotless

We've also provided lots of little extras that help make your stay more comfortable such as towel hooks and our book and NZ map swap library. Come and stay to discover all the other small but important details that make you feel at home at The Old Countryhouse.

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For Group Bookings of more than 6 guests please ONLY use the Group Booking Page - thanks. 

"We have retained the atmosphere of a small hostel with plenty of space for everyone. This is not a pack'em and stack'em kind of place."

- Gerti & Andy, founders of The Old Countryhouse

We have been busy again this Summer and our guests enjoyed this newly added touch of luxury to your backpacking experience. Watch our HD movie to see how the Spa Pool and Sauna area has been created. Especially now, with Winter on it's way, this is a great way to unwind and relax after at the end of the day.


Fun in the snow last Winter


Comfort You Can Afford

We cater for all travellers whether you are a single traveller opting for a dormitory style room (where you may bring your own sleeping bag) or a couple or good friends wanting a private double or twin room with made up beds. Perhaps you simply want to treat yourself to a little luxury in our private rooms with private bathrooms.

With the money you save on accommodation and meals you'll be able to afford to stay longer or do more activities. So why pay more when from as little as $26 (see our room rates ) per person/per night you can:

> Enjoy the same or better standard of accommodation as you would at hotels, motels, holiday parks or B&Bs but pay a lot less
> Save money by self-catering and cooking your own food
> Meet travellers of all ages wanting to share experiences and make new friends

Free Travel Advice & Booking Service

We are seasoned travellers and are happy to suggest the best places to go in New Zealand and tips on how to get there.

We offer a FREE travel booking service for rental cars, camper vans, transports and activities which entitles you to a FREE pickup from the hostel.

Book your rental car through us prior to your arrival in New Zealand and if you arrive between 8am and 5pm seven days a week you will get FREE transport from the airport to the rental car depot to collect your car.

Rental Car Service


The Old Countryhouse has been the top rated BBH Hostel in Christchurch for 8 out of the past 11 years. This rating is given to us based on our guest's reviews and thoughts about our hostel so we'd like to thank all our guests who took the time to provide the BBH with their feedback.Have our past guests enjoyed the hostel? Please read on

"All guests are welcome here and those guests who stay with us again on their second, third, fourth or annual visit to New Zealand are filling us with a deep sense of pride because we realize they are choosing our hostel as their second home."

- Gerti & Andy, founders of The Old Countryhouse

* Voted the best hostel in New Zealand for the last four out of five years
* Awarded a Thumbs Up Award by Lets Go Guidebook every year since 2002
* Winner of a BUG 4 Star Award
* 2010 Hostelbookers Excellence Award for Cleanliness
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Voted Best by Travellers

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The Old Countryhouse
437 Gloucester Street, Christchurch, New Zealand
Phone from outside New Zealand +64 3 381 5504
Phone from inside New Zealand 03 381 5504

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