Rolleston House is a freshly painted and renovated historic building full of character and homeliness.
The hostel provides a wide range of backpacker accommodation from spacious dorms to large, warm private rooms. A large kitchen and dining room for guest use and friendly and entertaining staff to make your stay unforgettable. There's no better location in Christchurch - spacious parkland, the historic arts district and local culture are all on your doorstep.
Attractions within 2 mins walk of the hostel include Hagley Park (acres of inner-city greenery), isite, Botanical gardens, Canterbury museum (free tours for guests on Tuesdays), the weekend markets, cafes and restaurants, and punting on the Avon river.
Late-night entry for arrivals on late flights and buses, secure cycle storage and comprehensive travel and activity booking service on site. For TranzRail reservations, a courtesy service operates twice each morning from the Hostel to the rail depot. Bookings are essential for the shuttle to the train station.
Memberships can be purchased at the hostel.
Late Arrivals: If you will be arriving after 10pm, please contact the hostel.
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Great location right next to the Botanic Gardens, and overall a decent - if looking a bit ramshackle - YHA hostel. Seems to be popular with people staying a long time in Christchurch - at least, that was the feeling I got from the vibe there.
Service at reception was downright lousy both times I stayed here (a week apart, with different people at reception). That doesn't matter much to me, as I know the ropes - but I can imagine someone who's not used to YHA hostels not wanting to stay here because of that.
There's free overnight parking right next door (free between 17:00 and 09:00 (except on Friday nights, when it isn't free until later at night); metered 2-hour max parking from 09:00 to 17:00). Very useful if you have a rental car to drop off the next morning before flying out.
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