The Old Countryhouse
Welcome to the Old Countryhouse, one of Christchurch's favourite backpacker-accommodation hostels for the last 15 years.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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Hostel Facilities & Policies
- 24 hour security
- Age Restriction
- Airport transfers
- Bicycle hire
- Bicycle parking
- Board Games
- Book exchange
- Breakfast not included
- Card phones
- Common Room
- Fax Service
- Free City Maps
- Free Parking
- Free Wifi
- Hair Dryers
- Hair Dryers For Hire
- Hot Showers
- House Keeping
- Internet Access
- Laundry Facilities
- Linen Included
- Luggage Storage
- Non Smoking
- Outdoor Terrace
- Reading Light
- Safety Deposit Box
- Taxes included
- Tea/Coffee Making Facilities
- Tours/Travel Desk
- Towels For Hire
- Washing Machine
Cancellation PolicyThis 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 InfoThis property has specific Terms & Conditions.
RECEPTION HOURS AND CHECK IN:
Reception is open from 9am and 8pm. Your room will be ready to move in after 3pm and you are welcome to store your bags here till then.
ARRIVING OUTSIDE RECEPTION HOURS:
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 www.oldcountryhouse.co.nz 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: $7 to the Bus Exchange then either 20 minutes walk or take bus no. 21 and get off at Stanmore Road for $3.60
From the train station:
Shuttle direct to our doorstep: $6 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. 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.
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.
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 makes it an easy 15- to 20-minute walk to the central city.
10 - 15 minutes' walk to more shopping including some great Thai and Indian restaurants, large family style supermarket.
Easy access via bus or shuttle from the airport.