Dorset House Backpackers - Christchurch

1 Dorset St, Christchurch, New Zealand, 8144  show map
 4 stars
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Dorset House Backpackers - Christchurch


On-site car park

Kitchen facilities

Shared kitchen

Air conditioning

Leisure/ TV room

Sports activities

Billiard tables

Facilities for kids

DVDs/ Videos for children

Board games


Dorset House Backpackers Hostel in Christchurch City-Centre district provides free private parking and a storage room. The well-maintained hostel serves as an example of Victorian architecture in Christchurch.

Guests may find Hagley Park within 1350 meters of the property, while Avon River is 1100 meters away. The venue is set next to a bus stop and just 200 meters from Strawberry Fare and The Coffee Club where guests can dine.

15 minutes' walk to Christchurch Art Gallery train station.


Standard Double Room, Small Double Room, Single Room and Apartment are fitted with heating, a TV, a dressing room, a personal computer and a mirror as well as beds with electric blankets and linens. The rooms also have a carpet floor. Rooms are fitted with queen size beds, single beds and bunk beds. Some hostel rooms offer shared bathrooms equipped with hairdryers and towels.

Eat & Drink

The large lounge bar features free Wi-Fi and a pool table. The property is appointed with a shared kitchen.


Dorset House Backpackers Hostel offers airport transfer, ironing service and ironing.


Ski facilities include a ski storage room.


Wireless internet is available in the entire hostel for free.

Guest Parking

Private parking is possible on site for free.

Number of rooms:   15.

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  • Non-smoking property
  • Wi-Fi
  • On-site car park
  • Safe deposit box
  • No pets allowed
  • Luggage storage
  • Vending machines

Sports & Fitness

  • Billiard tables


  • Paid airport shuttle
  • Laundry
  • Tours/Ticket assistance

Meeting facilities

  • Fax/Photocopying

Children's facilities

  • Board games
  • DVDs/ Videos for children

Leisure facilities

  • Garden area
  • Leisure/ TV room

Room facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Heating
  • Dressing area


  • Shared kitchen


  • Electric blankets

Room decor

  • Carpeted floor



Check-in from 2 pm FREE
Check-out until 10 am FREE


Pets are not allowed.

How to reach hostel

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Hostel Address:

1 Dorset St, Christchurch, New Zealand, 8144

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City Centre
  • Christchurch
    4300 ft
  • Spagalimis Pizza Restaurant (cuisine: Italian)
    500 ft
  • Vic's Cafe & Bake
    500 ft
Hostel information
  • Check-in:
    from  2 pm
  • Check-out:
    until  10 am
  • Number of rooms:

Rooms and availability

Small Double Room
  • Max occupancy:

    2 persons

  • Bed type:

    1 Double bed

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Room Description:

Rooms are 7 square metres.

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Standard Double Room
  • Max occupancy:

    2 persons

  • Bed type:

    1 Double bed, 2 Single beds

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  • General:Dressing area
  • Carpeted floor
  • Bathroom:Shared bathroom
  • Media:TV
Room Description:

A double room has a queen double bed fitted with sheets and duvets, bedside tables with lamps and a full length mirror. Additional heating facilities are provided during winter months including blankets, heaters and electric blankets. All double rooms are located within 5 metres of a bathroom.

Dorset House Backpackers Location

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What's nearby

Popular areas

  • Christchurch Arts Centre3000 ft
  • The Strip3700 ft
  • Cathedral Square3700 ft
  • City Center4000 ft

Places of interest

  • Abacus Institute of Studies2300 ft
  • Christchurch City Council3300 ft
  • Christchurch District Court3300 ft
  • Christchurch City Council3300 ft
  • Christchurch City Council3300 ft
  • Anzco Foods Limited / Canterbury Meat Packers Ltd4000 ft
  • Ryman Healthcare Limited4000 ft
  • AMI Insurance Ltd4000 ft
  • Canterbury District Health Board4000 ft
  • Foodstuffs - South Island4000 ft
  • ASURE New Zealand Limited4000 ft
  • Waterloo Business Park Christchurch4000 ft
  • Christchurch Cathedral4000 ft
  • Portlink Industrial Park4000 ft
  • Izone Business Park4000 ft
  • Tait Electronics Limited4000 ft

Convention centers

  • Christchurch Convention Centre3300 ft

Shopping areas

  • Victoria Street400 ft

Monuments and Landmarks

  • The Chalice3700 ft


  • Canterbury Museum2700 ft


  • Hagley Park2700 ft
  • Botanical Gardens3000 ft
  • Victoria Square3000 ft


  • Christchurch Town Hall2700 ft
  • Theatre Royal3700 ft


  • Christchurch Art Gallery2700 ft

Local attractions

  • Mona Vale1.0 mi
    63 Fendalton Rd Riccarton
  • Science Alive1.4 mi
    392 Moorhouse Ave, Christchurch
  • Westfield Riccarton1.6 mi
    129 Riccarton Road
  • The Arts Centre1.1 mi
    Worcester Blvd, Christchurch
  • Riccarton House & Bush1.5 mi
    16 Kahu Road

Near the hostel

  • Victoria Street Clock Tower1000 ft
    Corner of Montreal and Victoria Streets Central City
  • Quake City2700 ft
    299 Durham Street North Corner Armagh Street
  • Christchurch Botanic Gardens3500 ft
    6 Rolleston Ave
  • The Court Theatre3100 ft
    Bernard St, off Lincoln Road, Christchurch
  • Christchurch Town Hall2600 ft
    86 Kilmore Street Central City
  • Canterbury Museum3000 ft
    Rolleston Ave
  • Canterbury Provincial Buildings 2800 ft
    Corner Durham and Armagh Streets

Restaurants nearby

  • Spagalimis Pizza Restaurant500 ft

    Address: 155 Victoria St
    Phone: 0800 113 113

    62% likes this, based on 81 reviews
    Cuisine: Italian
    Price Range: USD 9 - USD 25

  • King of Snake600 ft

    Address: 145 Victoria Street
    Phone: +64 3 365 7363

    70% likes this, based on 76 reviews
    Cuisine: Thai, Asian fusion, Asian, Malaysian

  • Saggio di vino600 ft

    Address: Carlton Butchery Building
    Phone: 0064 337 94006

    75% likes this, based on 57 reviews
    Cuisine: European
    Price Range: USD 25 - USD 57

  • Vic's Cafe & Bake500 ft

    Address: 132 Victoria St
    Phone: 366-2054

    82% likes this, based on 86 reviews
    Price Range: USD 2 - USD 19

  • The Coffee Club500 ft

    Address: 149 Victoria St
    Phone: 03-374 9129

Hostel information
  • Check-in:
    from  2 pm
  • Check-out:
    until  10 am
  • Number of rooms:
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Dorset House Backpackers Reviews

Guest reviews are submitted by our customers after their stay at Dorset House Backpackers

Average guest rating

8.0out of 10
Based on 89 reviews

Guest reviews

  • Older travelers

    Stayed at the Dorset Apartments. Really quaint building and a lovely little apartment. Very well equipped generally. Liked the location and the cuteness of the apartment.

    Nothing really - would have appreciated a hair dryer.

  • Single

    Excellent location and facilities. The kitchen is large and super clean. Reception staff welcoming. Building secure and well appointed. Good mix of laid back residents, not a party house but lots of very interesting and experienced travellers including families. A good place to start from, to pick up tips about where to go, how to buy a car, how to deal with working visas etc. Nice parkside location but location shops are pricey - use the free yellow bus to buy your groceries.

    Some reviewers have complained about the out of hours check in system but I found it very simple and secure. You will receive an email with door codes and instructions, this is all you need to access the hostel out of hours. So, no negatives at all really!

  • Group of friends

    Well stocked self-contained apartment. The spices and seasoning provided very helpful for simple cooking.

    Rooms are a bit cold as the heaters provided are quite small and takes a while to heat up the rooms. Car parking area and access are rather narrow making parking a challenge.

  • Single

    No bunk beds. Large sitting room with pool billiards. Car park. Free WiFi (50 MB a day). Clean.

  • Single

    Its an easy walk to the city centre, very clean and tidy, friendly hospitality and service.

  • Group of friends

    very clean and nice place

    quiet even with kids during night

  • Single

    A clean kitchen and share bathrooms. There are a heater in the room, and a bus station to airport and IC pick up station near the hotel.

  • Group of friends

    I did not intend to share rooms (I´m 53 years old), and went for my doughter´s birthday in Queenstown..but they found jobs in I booked here..and really was lovely..a nice restaurante a block away..the staff really understood I was on my own..and told me were to go...and checked me and my daughter on a really nice trip for the day to Akaroa...thanks..

    Well...the price was ok..but I did not want a mix bedroom...but that was the only left..and a little bit hot for me..the rest, perfect

  • Single

    Ease of booking online

    Impersonal nature of the setup Not enough interaction with staff running the backpackers

  • Older travelers

    Really comfortable bed and cosy electric blanket. Lovely homelike atmosphere and a great lounge room. The location is great.

  • Group of friends

    The individual single beds and the bathrooms are nice and clean. I like the fact that the bathrooms are common but still provide the privacy of individual usage. Angela from Dorset House was really helpful and provided excellence assistance to my trip before and during my stay in Dorset.

  • Older travelers

    We enjoyed the stay at Dorset because it was close to the city, quiet, felt like a home and I really liked the photos on the walls, gave a feeling of a country home.

  • Group of friends

    The facility is excellent with fully- equipped & clean kitchen, snooker table, balcony for hang out, private car- park. Overall the cleanliness is well- upkeep with sufficient of heater for winter, highly recommended for budget traveller !

    Should hav a closet to hang clothes which we face the difficulties to hang our clothes

  • Single

    Hotel Staff helpful,nice room and bathroom

  • Single

    Was very friendly atmosphere

    Think i got ripped off with free wi-fi, got vouchers but did not use it all..shouldn't advertise free wi-fi and when you get there it is limited..and even then you dont get to use what was allocated to you...very disapponting in that sense.

How to reach hostel

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Hostel Address:

1 Dorset St, Christchurch, New Zealand, 8144

Get directions
City Centre
  • Christchurch
    4300 ft
  • Spagalimis Pizza Restaurant (cuisine: Italian)
    500 ft
  • Vic's Cafe & Bake
    500 ft
Hostel information
  • Check-in:
    from  2 pm
  • Check-out:
    until  10 am
  • Number of rooms: