The Old Countryhouse

437 Gloucester Street, Christchurch, New Zealand, Distance from city centre: 1.6km

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Rating: 82%from 3 reviews

  • 73%Atmosphere
  • 100%Staff
  • 86%Security
  • 86%Cleanliness
  • 66%Location
  • 73%Value for money
  • 93%Facilities
Are you yearning for a comfortable bed and a place that makes you feel at home?

The Old Countryhouse is an award winning hostel that has had comfort and coziness sorted for over 18 years! Our colonial style villas are well heated, have excellent kitchen facilities, lounges to chill out and watch a movie and much much more!!

FREE unlimited WiFi helps you to stay in touch with the world, and once you peel yourself away from the screen you can relax and get a touch of luxury in our Spa&Sauna sanctuary.
What more could you want in a backpackers? Well… We also have spacious gardens, laundry facilities, a picnic and BBQ area and your choice of private rooms and dorms!

Our friendly staff members are always keen to help out. They will go the extra mile for you if you want to book activities, rental cars, want to know your way around or just need a bit of travel advice. We are all fellow travellers and want to be tested on our local knowledge.
The Old Countryhouse is located on the eastern side of central Christchurch. We have the best of both worlds: close enough to the city to walk easily within 15 minutes, yet right next to local shops and restaurants. There is a supermarket, the best butcher in Christchurch, post office, Subway restaurant, Fish'n Chips, etc. conveniently located just across the road. Two of our favourite Cafe's are just a short 5-10 minute walk as it our favourite pub.

Buses to local beaches, all major shopping malls and city leave directly from our doorstep. Easily accessible from the airport and only 1500 metres from the Intercity Bus Depot.

So now that you are convinced, we look forward to welcoming you to The Old Countryhouse backpackers!!

Central heating to keep warm during those cold winter months, Doubles & Twins (with and without private bathrooms) & spacious Dorms - all with firm beds for a good nights sleep. Triple rooms have either one double and one single bed or bunk beds.

Parking in a city almost always comes at a premium. You can save the parking cost here as we offer FREE on-site parking on a first come first served basis. For all others, there is plenty of FREE on-street parking all surrounding the hostel (so never a problem finding a car park).

Guests may check-in any time after 2pm during reception hours. However, we are pleased to report that we now can accommodate guests arriving late. In consideration for our other guests we will ONLY accept bookings for PRIVATE ROOMS outside our reception hours. Please note, if you book a dorm bed with a late arrival, you will be expected to pay for this as we are unable to re-sell this to another guests- to avoid this, we suggest to book a private room for the first night and then change to a dorm room for the following nights.

All cancellations or changes to the booking must be received by us by email before 7pm at least 2 full days prior to your arrival date (NZ local time). We will confirm the receipt of your cancellation or change of booking by return email (during our reception hours). But, if we do not hear from you and you do not arrive, then we will charge your credit card with the full amount for your booking

Regretfully we can only accept children age 14 and older and only with bookings into private rooms.

We only accept bookings for a maximum of seven days and up to 6 guests. Please enquire to us directly for bookings with more than 6 guests. Bookings for a longer period of time will be cancelled.

We invite you to take a walk along our garden path to one of our charming colonial villas with polished wooden floors and hand-made native timber furniture. All our villas have been fully restored and have everything to make your stay with us a memorable one. They are set among landscaped gardens and have secure electronic access.

Some of the CBD is still closed but the best parts of Christchurch are open and definitely worth a visit. Make sure you see reception for information and bookings for all the best attractions and activities in and around Christchurch. Ask for our Walking Rally, taking you through the new and funky places that have popped up all over the city as well as the city sights.

Latest news: the newly added spa pool and sauna are a big hit with all our guests - and it's free.

Max, our puppy, has just had his first birthday. He’s now a big fellow, still keen to play and just loves big cuddles. We will post an updated photo of him shortly.

The Accommodation
We’ve got full central heating to keep warm during those cold winter months. Our rooms are doubles and twins (with and without private bathrooms) and spacious dorms - all with firm beds for a good night’s sleep. The triple rooms have one double and one single bed. All private rooms have fully made-up beds. All bedding is included free-of-charge in both private rooms and dorms.

The Facilities
Our well-equipped kitchens have everything you need to cook up a storm. There’s also a TV lounge and a separate reading lounge to chill out in plus other home comforts such as laundry, guest telephone, Internet and off-street parking.

Wi-Fi internet is available in all bedrooms and public areas and you can pick up your free $5 Wi-Fi voucher from reception daily. Stay in touch with your friends and family on us!

The Garden
Our spacious garden is landscaped with lots of native plants, fern trees and palm trees and is a wonderful space in which to relax. There’s plenty of outdoor seating, inviting you to sit back and relax with a good book, plan your next adventure or enjoy a conversation with friends and a glass of wine.

The Location
We’re located on the eastern side of central Christchurch. We have the best of both worlds: we’re close enough to the city to walk easily within 15 minutes, yet we’re right next to local shops and restaurants. There’s a supermarket, the best butcher in Christchurch, a post office, a Subway restaurant, fish'n’chips, etc, conveniently located just across the road. Two of our favourite cafés are just a short 5-10-minute walk away, as is our favourite pub.

Buses to local beaches, all major shopping malls and city leave directly from our doorstep and we’re easily accessible from the airport.

The Staff
We are friendly people and keen travellers ourselves. We are looking forward to meeting you and can help with your travel questions and bookings - we have heaps of local knowledge, too.

The Old Countryhouse is a great choice for your stay in Christchurch. We look forward to meeting you!

Please see our Must-Read Hostel Info below before booking.
Prices are per person per night.

Availability & Rates

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Hostel Facilities & Policies

  • 24 Hour Security
  • Adaptors
  • Age Restriction
  • Airport Transfers
  • ATM
  • BBQ
  • Bicycle hire
  • Bicycle parking
  • Board Games
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Card Phones
  • Common Room
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Telephone/Fax Facilities
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hair Dryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • Hot Tub
  • House Keeping
  • Internet Access
  • Jobs Board
  • Key Card Access
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Late check-out
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Linen Included
  • Luggage Storage
  • No Curfew
  • Non Smoking
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Parking
  • Reading Light
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Shuttle Bus
  • Steam Room
  • Taxes included
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels For Hire
  • Washing Machine

Cancellation Policy

This property has a 2 day cancellation policy. Failure to cancel within this time will result in a cancellation charge equal to the first night of your stay.

Must-Read Hostel Info

This property has specific Terms & Conditions.

Reception is open from 9am to 8pm. Your room will be ready to move in after 3pm and you are welcome to store your bags here till then.

We are delighted to offer a late check in service for guests with bookings FOR PRIVATE ROOMS ONLY (not for dorms).

All changes to your booking and cancellations must be received 48 hours (local NZ time) prior to the day of arrival by email

EXTENDED CANCELLATION POLICY for Christmas and New Year Bookings:
Any cancellation or modification to your booking must be received by email ONE WEEK PRIOR to your arrival date. For any modification received within one week or No Show, the total price of the booking will be charged.

Regrettably, our property is not suitable for children under the age of 14. Children above 14 must be booked into a private room and be accompanied by parents at all times.

Bookings for more than 6 guests must be requested through our Group Booking Page and we will send you a quote.

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From the airport:
Shuttle direct to our doorstep. If you would like us to book a shuttle from the airport to the hostel, please use the airport shuttle form on our website us after you made your booking. The price is $29 for one person and $6 per additional person. Extra items such as bikes or snowboards are $6 extra. Once we have received your shuttle booking request, we will add the cost to your bill here.

Taxi direct to our doorstep: Approximately $45 from the airport.

Public Bus to city centre: $8 to the Bus Exchange then either 20 minutes walk or take the Yellow Line direction New Brighton and get off on Stanmore Road for $4

From the train station:
Shuttle direct to our doorstep: $10 per passenger
Taxi direct to our doorstep: Approximately $25
Public Bus: there is no public transport to and from the train station!

Walk from the city centre:
Walk east along Gloucester Street for approx. 15 - 20 minutes. We are at the corner of Stanmore Road and Gloucester Street

1. Full payment of the balance is due IN CASH on arrival. Credit card or debit card use is available but will incur a small surcharge.

2. Please remember that you MUST ARRIVE BEFORE 8PM as our reception will be closed after 8pm. If you have booked a room/bed for the same night but after our reception has closed, we will not know that you are coming and therefore you will not get into the hostel.

Late Arrivals: We are delighted to offer a late check in service for guests arriving outside our reception hours. In consideration to other guests sharing a dorm the late arrival service is only AVAILABLE FOR BOOKINGS IN PRIVATE ROOMS (= all members of your booking must be booked into a private room). Once we receive your booking with a late arrival time, we will take full payment (plus $3 credit card processing fee) as it is our policy to only send out our Late Arrival Instructions for prepaid accommodation and your booking then can not be changed or transferred.

If you have booked a dorm bed (or a dorm bed is part of your entire booking) and are arriving late, you will be liable for the total payment of your booking, even though you will not be able to stay, as you were advised of and accepted this policy prior to completing the booking process and as the beds and/or rooms you booked are not available for other people to be booked.

Same Night Bookings received after reception hours:
If you have booked a room/bed for the same night but after our reception has closed, we will not know that you are coming and therefore you will not get into the hostel. If your booking is for more than one night, please contact us immediately to advise us whether you wish to keep your booking for the remaining nights as our cancellation policy will apply to the remainder of your booking.

If you get lost or have any problems - just call us and we'll talk you through it.

Located Near

We are on the corner of Stanmore Road and Gloucester St.

Step outside and you are just one-minute walk to local shops including a supermarket, takeaway restaurants, the best butcher in town, convenience store and post office. 1500 metres easy walk of 15- to 20-minute walk to the central city.

10 - 15 minutes' walk to more shopping incl. some great Thai and Indian restaurants, large family style supermarket.

Easy access via bus or shuttle from the airport

1500metre to Intercity Bus Depot

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