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  • Getting there? You can't Edit

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    From Christchurch Airport: Catch the bus 29 ($8.50) from the terminal and get off at Victoria Street outside of the Knox Church when you reach the city. From there Dorset House is a 2 minute walk.

    From Christchurch Airport: If you're flight is arriving after bus hours (6:00am-11:00pm) you can email the hostel with your flight number and ETA, we can book you a shuttle starting at $24.00 + $5 for any extra people.

    From Train Station: Email the hostel with your train arrival time and from there we can book you a shuttle at $7.00 per person

    From the Bus Interchange: Catch the Blueline bus from the Interchange north bound and get off at Victoria Street outside Ken's Camera Shop; from there Dorset House is a 1.5 minute walk.
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    Dorset House Backpackers is located about a 15-17 minute walk from the city centre. Just take a right when you get out of the hostel and then follow a left on Park Terrace. Once you reach the Canterbury Museum and Botanic Gardens (10 minutes walk) you can start your journey through to town through the Arts Centre precinct on Worcester Boulevard.

    If you don't fancy walking or think you might have lots of shopping bags with you, you can catch the Blueline Bus at a reasonable price outside the Knox Church on Victoria Street (2 minute walk from the hostel), the Blueline will drop you at the Bus Interchange where sites are in short walking distance.

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    We are often asked whether there is actually anything still left to do in Christchurch- there seems to be the assumption that Christchurch is lifeless and boring after the earthquakes however this is far from the truth! Christchurch is currently what's called a 'transitional city'. There's a lot of change happening. That's allowing innovation to flourish. Lonely Planet has released a new post-quake chapter on Christchurch, which is online free of charge. Heaps of great information on what's on and open in the city, and which areas are charging forward with new bars, restaurants and shops. Even if you’re just here for one day, there is plenty to see in just a short stroll to the city centre. Please feel free to take one of the pocket maps at reception- they are free. Here is a list of things to see near us:

    Canterbury Museum: Explore Canterbury’s rich cultural and natural history. See what life was like for the early indigenous people of New Zealand right through to the earliest of colonial settlers several hundred years later. Canterbury museum has something for everyone to enjoy- an insightful exhibition on the experience of the brave emergency response teams during the devastating Christchurch earthquake, ancient Asian art and its beautiful heirlooms, geographic history of our Canterbury region, a real Egyptian Mummy and so much more…!
    • Open 9:00am-5:00pm daily. Free Entry (donations welcome)

    Botanic Gardens: Ever wonder why Christchurch is often referred to as the Garden City? Founded in 1863- A great place to visit and explore. The gardens are surrounded by rivers and large ancient trees that litter the grounds. Beautiful rose gardens and tropical houses with a variety of plants. Definitely the best spot in the city for a garden picnic in the warmer months.
    • Open from 7:00am daily. Free entry

    Christchurch Art Gallery (Te Puna o Waiwhetu): Canterbury has a wealth of artistic talent proudly on show in galleries and artisan workshops throughout the region. Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu in the heart of Christchurch is home to one of New Zealand's most important public art collections. Offering free daily guided tours with knowledgeable guides and an extensive exhibition calendar, it is certainly worth the visit when in Christchurch.
    • Open 10:00am- 5:00pm daily- late night Wednesday 10:00am-9:00pm. Free entry

    Christchurch Art Centre: Iconic neo-Gothic campus in Christchurch, New Zealand. Arts, culture, education and creative industries. Now undergoing a $290m, seven-year post earthquake restoration. After closing up after the Feb 2011 earthquake, 2016 has seen almost half of the Art Centre reopening. Currently you can go and visit the Great Hall which displays the stunning stained-glass window which was rededicated to the memory of all staff and students who served in World War One and who previously attended an institution once based on the site now known as the Arts Centre. Rutherford’s Den is also open to view, Ernest Rutherford carried out much of his own research into the high frequency magnetisation of iron in a basement den in the Clock Tower Building- Rutherford’s life works lead to discovering how to split the atom which of course was ground-breaking in the formation of the atomic bomb, his research won him a Nobel Prize in 1908. Stay tuned… 2016 expects the James Logie Classics collection to be moved back into the Arts Centre precinct – the collection contains vases, mosaics and many other beautifully restored pieces from ancient Greece and Rome.

    Punting on the Avon: Summer or winter, glide along the tranquil Avon River in Christchurch, as a skilled punter in traditional Edwardian attire propels you slowly along the water. Our Avon River Punting tours are set aboard handcrafted flat-bottomed boats, poled along by your punter from the platformed till at the rear end of the boat. An ideal group or family activity, Punting on the Avon is an eco-friendly way to relax and enjoy Christchurch from a different perspective. Antigua Boat Sheds also offer kayak hire in case you want to do the hard work yourself and bike hire at varied prices.
    • Open 10:00am- 4:00pm (winter), 9:00am-6:00pm (summer)

    Cathedral Square: Previously the busy centre of Christchurch and the home of the iconic Anglican Cathedral which was severely damaged in the earthquake. An interesting landmark to visit to get a grasp at just how powerful and devastating the earthquakes were on our historic buildings. To liven up the space the city holds international food markets every Friday night with talented buskers and delicious treats.

    New Regent Street: Originally opened in 1932, New Regent Street in central Christchurch is home to an exciting range of boutique businesses in a stunning heritage setting. The ideal place to relax and indulge yourself. Over a three year period the area was transformed into a terraced street of Spanish Mission style speciality shops. Opened by the Mayor of Christchurch on 1st April 1932, New Regent Street was a beautiful ray of colour and hope in the midst of the depression. Described then as New Zealand’s most beautiful street, it has brought pleasure to shoppers and tourists ever since.

    Re:Start Mall: This labyrinth of shipping containers was the first retail 'mall' to reopen in the CBD postquakes. With cafes, food trucks, souvenir shops and people-watching opportunities, it remains a pleasant place to hang out, particularly on a sunny day. Voted a must-do by Lonely Planet.
    • Open 10:00am-5:00pm daily

    Cardboard Cathedral: The Cathedral makes use of varied construction materials from cardboard tubes to timber beams, structural steel and concrete. It is the largest 'emergency structure' to be designed by Shigeru Ban who, with the support of associate architect Yoshie Narimatsu, contributed his time free of charge and gifted the building's design to the Cathedral, Diocese and Christchurch. The Cardboard Cathedral's triangular window design includes 49, 1.2 metre tall panels and incorporates images from ChristChurch Cathedral's original rose window.
    • Open 9:00am- 5:00pm daily

    Earthquake Memorial (185 empty chairs): Reflection of Loss of Lives, Livelihoods and Living in Neighbourhood is an installation by Peter Majendie, standing on a vacant lot in the heart of Christchurch. Where a church once proudly stood, the 185 white chairs each represent one of the 185 lives lost in the 2011 Christchurch earthquake. Each chair, just like its owner, has its own distinct personality, with the installation including armchairs, dining room chairs, a wheel chair, and even a baby capsule. The 185 square metres of grass that the chairs sit on represents new growth and regeneration – something which you can see and feel across the whole city. The artist’s statement poetically reminds us all that the ‘installation is temporary – as is life’.

    Alice Cinamatheque: Positioned in the Old High Street Post Office, Alice offers an exclusive 38 seat Arthouse cinema designed with Egyptian flair. Comfort is paramount. Sink back into luxurious seating and enjoy a choice of snacks and drinks from Alice's Nibble Nook or C1 Espresso's fully-licensed Cafe. Take a trip back in time and experience the excitement and opulence of the golden era of film - today's technology with yesterday's ambience. A good mix of both Mainstream and Independent Films.
    • Open 10:00am – 10:00pm daily

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    Cosy and friendly Victorian- style backpacker hostel offering both Dorms and Private rooms at an affordable rate. Located just a 10-15 minute walk from the centre of Christchurch, close to bus routes including the Christchurch International Airport.
    Reception open from 8:00am-6:00pm daily where you can book tours and get some good advice during your stay, all staff are locals.
    Late check-in available at any arrival time, just let the hostel know your expected arrival time and they will arrange this for you.
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    Dorset House offers 5-bed Dorms (no bunk beds!) with beds already made up for you when you check-in.

    Private rooms are also available; Small Doubles, Standard Doubles, Twins and Singles. All Private rooms come with towels, soaps, a TV and electric blankets. You also have the option of booking a Family Room however this can only be booked directly through the hostel via phone or email.
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    • Christchurch Arts Centre
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      The Christchurch Arts Centre was a hub for arts, crafts and entertainment in Christchurch, New Zealand. It is located in the neo-gothic former University of Canterbury buildings, the majority of which were designed by Benjamin Mountfort. It is listed as a Category I building (register number 7301) by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust. Following the 2011 Christchurch earthquake, the complex is closed, will require major repair work estimated at NZ$290m, will open again in stages, with the las...
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      ChristChurch Cathedral, a deconsecrated Anglican cathedral in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand, was built between 1864 and 1904 in the centre of the city, surrounded by Cathedral Square. It became the cathedral seat of the Bishop of Christchurch in the New Zealand tikanga of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia. Repeated earthquakes have damaged the building (mostly the spire) in the course of its history: in 1881, 1888, 1901, 1922, and September 2010. The February 201...
    • Christchurch Hospital
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      Christchurch Hospital is the largest tertiary hospital in the South Island of New Zealand. The public hospital is in the centre of Christchurch city, on the edge of Hagley Park, and serves the wider Canterbury Region. It has the busiest emergency department in Australasia, and is one of four main teaching hospitals in New Zealand. The Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) operates the hospital with funding from the government. The Christchurch School of Medicine is on the hospital campus, the ...
    • Ballantyne's fire
      1.40 Km from Dorset House Backpackers Hostel
      On 18 November 1947, a fire engulfed Ballantynes department store in central Christchurch, New Zealand. 41 people died in the blaze; all were employees who found themselves trapped by the fire or were overcome by smoke while evacuating the store complex without a fire alarm or evacuation plan. It remains the deadliest fire in New Zealand history.
    • Westfield Riccarton
      2.57 Km from Dorset House Backpackers Hostel
      Westfield Riccarton, (also known by its former name Riccarton Mall), is a large retail complex located in the Christchurch, New Zealand suburb of Riccarton. First opened in 1965, it is Christchurch's oldest shopping mall. Riccarton Mall was extensively remodeled around 1994-1995 with most stores relocating to new premises within the mall, Farmers is one of the few stores to remain in its original location. The remodel introduced a food court into the mall and a new rooftop car park. In 2003 West...
    • Kate Sheppard House
      3.17 Km from Dorset House Backpackers Hostel
      The Kate Sheppard House is a historic home in Clyde Road in the Christchurch suburb of Ilam, bordering onto the University of Canterbury. For 14 years, it was the home of the leader of New Zealand's women's suffrage campaign, Kate Sheppard, during her active period. It was later the family home of the 30th Mayor of Christchurch, John Joseph Dougall. It is registered as a Category 1 heritage place by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust for its outstanding historical significance in relation to ...
    • Addington Raceway
      3.29 Km from Dorset House Backpackers Hostel
      Addington Raceway or The Met is the home of the Metropolitan Trotting Club in Addington, Christchurch in New Zealand. The venue consists of a trotting track, a greyhound track conference centre and restaurants. It is also home to many feature harness races such as: The New Zealand Trotting Cup and the Dominion Handicap. The raceway forms part of a sporting complex that includes Rugby League Park and the CBS Canterbury Arena.
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      7.00 Km from Dorset House Backpackers Hostel
    • Landcare Research
      17.96 Km from Dorset House Backpackers Hostel
      Landcare Research (Māori: Manaaki Whenua) is one of New Zealand's Crown Research Institutes. The focus of the research at this company is the environment, biodiversity, and sustainability.

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    • Christchurch
      Christchurch is the gateway to the South Island of New Zealand. Many international visitors will either in arrive or depart from this largest, centrally located, South Island city.

      Christchurch is still home to a hefty colonial influence, displaying its ex-Englishness around many an atypical corner, and defying the country on the whole's step away from influences imported centuries ago from half way around the globe. Home to such colonial remnants as an Anglican Church, punts (an English version of the Venice canal boat), trams and exceedingly English buildings, its long been eyed by the rest of New Zealand as an oddly conservative entity, resistant to social change. After all, it’s even named after an English town.

      Visitors may spend their time marveling at the beauty of this city, exploring the natural beauty of rugged Hagley Park, discovering the garden city’s Botanical Gardens or even taking a helicopter flight over it all.

      For all its traditional ethos, though, Christchurch does offer the odd glimpse of indigenous kiwi culture. Nga Hau E Wha Marae, for example, is the largest urban Marae in New Zealand, and offers a fantastic Maori cultural experience. The carved sides of the meetinghouse are fantastic in their own right, and visitors take the chance to get involved in workshops, performances and a traditional ceremonial welcome. An astonishingly enticing experience.

      It would be criminal to miss Akaroa harbor, where you can happily spend a day cruising around searching for dolphins and penguins. In nearby Lyttleton harbor you can take in the scene from a waterside café, a great chill out day. If you just can’t resist that towering overview of it all, Christchurch Gondola will whisk you up into the hills to stare down over the city, and far out to sea.

      Increasingly, despite its traditional conservatism, Christchurch is catching up with the rest of the country when it comes to contemporary culture, too; you’ll no longer find yourself sitting at home quietly on the cold winter evenings. It won’t be the best party you’ve ever been too, either, but for a taste of the New Zealand of old, together with that priceless Maori experience, Christchurch is difficult to ignore.
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    Month Temp °C Rainfall Cm Temp °F Rainfall Inches
    Jan 13.7 78.2 56.7 30.8
    Feb 13.8 74.8 56.8 29.4
    Mar 12.1 71.5 53.8 28.1
    Apr 9.7 76 49.5 29.9
    May 6.7 127.6 44.1 50.2
    Jun 4.2 121.8 39.6 48
    Jul 3.4 122.1 38.1 48.1
    Aug 4.6 133.8 40.3 52.7
    Sep 6.8 92.3 44.2 36.3
    Oct 8.9 67.7 48 26.7
    Nov 10.9 71.8 51.6 28.3
    Dec 12.5 77 54.5 30.3

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      • Lovely place which will make you feel welcome. Very convenient location as it's close to the airport bus, close to the magnificent botanical garden and 15min walk from the city center and the info center. Beds are comfy, though it gets a little cold at night. Shower and toilet are clean. Kitchen is nice but could use a little more fridge space.
      • A small walk from the CBD. This hostel is in a nice quiet street between the main park and the restaurant/cafe street of the city. The hostel itself is a lovely building with very friendly & helpful staff. We had a private room and it was a good size and even had its own TV. We really enjoyed our stay at Dorset House.
      • Very cute hostel, nice staff, clean. Not far from city center and beautiful botanical garden. Started our NZ trip here and were so happy that we stayed there as wel for our last day, before heading home.
      • First time travelling on my own! such a good spot by the park and I found it nice walking to botanic gardens and the city centre. Nice and clean and everything I needed was available. Even before I arrived staff were fantastic, answering all my questions and ensuring my stay was comfortable and safe. Such a nice first couple of nights for a solo traveller! Might be back in mid August! Thank you so much to the lovely staff.
      • Clean rooms, kitchen and bathrooms. Great wifi, great staff. There's free pool table, a lot of room.


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