Christchurch is a popular stop-off point for young people and independent travellers. Backpackers in Christchurch are very well-catered for. You'll find well-equipped hostels in convenient locations, making exploration of the city easy.
Christchurch Backpackers offer some of the friendliest accommodation. For those on a budget, there are some fantastic establishments which offer comfortable rooms and dorms, internet access, and often their own bars, TV rooms and kitchens. Gloucester Street is the main 'hostel row' in Christchurch. The even cheaper ones are further east, towards Linwood Avenue. There are also a couple of good hostels at the western end of Bealey Avenue, which is closer to the airport. Outside Christchurch, backpackers are very well catered for in the towns of Aoraki/Mt Cook, Arthur's Pass and Methven/Mt Hutt.