award winning Christchurch backpackers hostel

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Christchurch is the Gateway to the amazing South Island of New Zealand.  Our backpacker accommodation is the Top Pick in Christchurch in Lonely Planet's current 15th NZ edition, click here to download their latest free Christchurch guide, kindly released early.

Welcome to the best budget backpacker accommodation in Christchurch!  Our renovated heritage backpacker accommodation with a colourful history - the former Addington Prison in lovely Christchurch, New Zealand.  Since opening in 2006, our amazing Christchurch Accommodation has become renowned as a fascinating and award-winning backpackers hostel.

Our suburb of Addington has become an entertainment hub with awesome new places having recently opened. Try out the Addington Coffee Co-op, the Court Theatre, Simo's Morroccan Deli, Bean Scene and Cargo Bar, Pedalpusher Pub and restaurant, and Dux Live Music Venue.

Jailhouse Accommodation has single, double, twin bunk, dorm and family rooms available in our backpacker hostel. We welcome people of all ages children, youth, and adults young and old to experience our special budget accommodation. WiFi and Free Parking.  Late arrivals welcome: If arriving after 9pm we will send you late arrival instructions once you have made a confirmed booking online.

The Jailhouse backpackers hostel is clean, warm and friendly with super-comfortable beds, close to top Christchurch attractions. We are the closest budget accommodation to the Christchurch Railway Station (free shuttle to the Station), CBS Arena, AMI Stadium home of the Crusaders Rugby Team and venue for All Black Test Rugby, and Addington Raceway for the famous Christchurch Show Week events. 

Drop-off and Pick-up point for Backpacker buses: Magic, Kiwi Experience and Stray buses. Pickups for some Atomic Shuttle services.

Visit the Jailhouse Accommodation Hostel Travel Desk to book all your Christchurch and New Zealand transport and adventure activities including rental cars, campervans, Magic, Kiwi Experience, Stray and other great backpacker deals.

Enjoy a coffee at our own Jailhouse espresso coffee bar or visit one of our great local Christchurch cafes.


Award winning Backpackers Accommodation in Christchurch


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