Dorset House Backpackers Hostel - Christchurch

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


On-site parking

Kitchen facilities

Shared kitchen

Air conditioning

Self-service laundry

Food/ Drinks

Coffee/Tea in lobby


Leisure/ TV room

Ski facilities

Ski storage


Dorset House Backpackers is a 4-star elegant hostel, located next to the beach.

Cathedral Square, The Arts Centre and Hagley Park are within walking distance from Dorset House Backpackers Hostel. The steakhouse Spagalimis Pizza Restaurant is 5 minutes’ walk away.

Christchurch International airport is 15 minutes' drive from the hostel.


This property has 15 guestrooms including Standard Double Room, Twin Room, 5-bed Dorm and Small Double Room stocked with heating, multi-channel television, a dressing room, a work desk and a mirror. Beds in the basic rooms are equipped with electric blankets and linens. Rooms are fitted with queen size beds, double beds and single beds. Shared bathrooms with hairdryers and towels are provided for guests' use.


Guests at Dorset House Backpackers Hostel can take advantage of a designated place for smoking and a car park along with airport transfer, ironing service and ironing.


Ski facilities feature 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 parking
  • Safe deposit box
  • Limited time reception
  • No pets allowed
  • Luggage storage
  • Ski storage
  • No elevators
  • Vending machines

Sports & Fitness

  • Billiards/ Pool tables


  • Paid airport shuttle
  • Self-service laundry
  • Tours/Ticket assistance

Dining facilities

  • Coffee/Tea in lobby

Meeting facilities

  • Computer rental
  • Fax/Photocopying

Children's facilities

  • Board games
  • DVDs/ Videos for children

Leisure facilities

  • Garden area
  • Leisure/ TV room

Room facilities

  • Heating
  • Dressing area
  • Ironing facilities


  • Shower
  • Hair dryer on request


  • Shared kitchen


  • Foam mattress
  • Electric blankets

Room decor

  • Carpeted floor



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

Children and extra beds

There are no cribs provided in a room. 


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 Center
  • 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

Dorset House Backpackers photos Room
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:

Standard|Standard Double Room

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
  • New Zealand Brain Research Institute4000 ft
  • AMI Insurance Ltd4000 ft
  • Foodstuffs - South Island4000 ft
  • Southern Institute of Technology4000 ft
  • ASURE New Zealand Limited4000 ft
  • Waterloo Business Park Christchurch4000 ft
  • Izone Business Park4000 ft
  • Anzco Foods Limited / Canterbury Meat Packers Ltd4000 ft
  • Christchurch Cathedral4000 ft
  • LWR Industries 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

  • Cashel Street1.0 mi
    Cashel Street, Christchurch
  • Orana Wildlife Park1.1 mi
    Papanui, Christchurch
  • The Arts Centre1.1 mi
    Worcester Blvd, Christchurch
  • Bridge of Remembrance1.0 mi
    Cashel Street, Christchurch
  • Hagley Park1.1 mi
    Riccarton Avenue, Christchurch

Near the hostel

  • Cramner Courts Building2100 ft
    Cramner Square, Christchurch
  • Christchurch Town Hall2700 ft
    86 Kilmore Street, Christchurch
  • Canterbury Museum3000 ft
    Rolleston Ave, Christchurch
  • Peacock Fountain3200 ft
    Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Christchurch
  • Christchurch Botanic Gardens3100 ft
    Rolleston Ave, Christchurch
  • Canterbury Provincial Buildings2800 ft
    Corner Durham and Armagh Streets, Christchurch
  • Christchurch Art Gallery 3200 ft
    Worcester Blvd & Montreal St, Christchurch

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 88 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 Center
  • 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: