338 Lincoln Road, Addington, Christchurch, New Zealand
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The best budget backpacker / youth hostel accommodation in Christchurch!

BREAKING NEWS: Free UNLIMITED WiFi – ULTRA-FAST FIBRE BROADBAND (no limits!) – Netflix available in our TV room!

We have been voted Top Backpacker Youth Hostel in Oceania once again by Hostelworld guests this year, as well as being consistently highly recommended in Lonely Planet and Rough Guides.

Our renovated heritage accommodation has had a very fascinating history as the Addington Prison from 1874 to 1999, and since opening as a backpackers hostel in 2006 our amazing accommodation has become renowned as a must-stay on the backpacker circuit.

Our suburb of Addington has become an entertainment hub with awesome new cafés and bars having recently opened, as well as being very close to the Railway Station, Apollo Projects Stadium, Woolfbrook Arena, Court Theatre, Addington Raceway, Tower Junction and Hagley Park.

The Jailhouse has rooms available to suit everyone and we welcome children, youth and adults of all ages to experience our special budget accommodation.

Our youth hostel is clean, warm and friendly with super-comfortable inner-sprung beds.

Visit one of our great local Christchurch cafés. Fantastic $12 breakfasts available at Coffee Culture 50m away. Free WiFi. Netflix now available in our cinema room!

Free Car Parking Onsite!!!  (first in first serve basis)

Special Weekly Winter Rate - $350 for a private room!

Contact us at stay@jail.co.nz for more information and for terms and conditions.


We offer a range of accommodation options including a dormatory as well as single, twin, double and family rooms.

Christchurch jail history Display cell Door art History of the old Christchurch jail Jail cell Security checkpoint Jailhouse entry Public park First floor of jail Reception Mug shot wall Mug shot wall Stairs

Award-winning Backpackers Accommodation in Christchurch

  • 'Author's Pick' Accommodation in Christchurch in Lonely Planet and 'Special Recommendation' in Rough Guide.
  • Voted best mid-sized Budget Backpacker Hostel (BBH) Youth Hostel 2007, 2008 and 2009 in New Zealand.
  • Awarded Hostelworld Number 1 Hostel in Oceania at Dublin awards Feb 2013, Number 2 Backpacker Hostel in Oceania 2007 and Number 2 in New Zealand 2008 and Number 1 Backpackers in Oceania 2009.
  • Voted Hostel Bookers number 1 for 'Atmosphere' Backpacker Hostel worldwide Feb and Nov 2008.
  • Budget Backpacker Hostel (BBH) member discounts apply.

Everything You Need

  • Free UNLIMITED WiFi – ultra-fast fibre broadband (no limits!)
  • Netflix available in our TV room
  • Free parking (first-come basis)
  • Contactless Check-In and Room Access with our Goki Door Locks: 4-digit PINs emailed to you on arrival day or use your phone as your key
  • All of our rates are refundable (48 hours notice - some holiday and group exclusions apply)

View Rooms

Jailhouse inmates only past this point First floor TV lounge Lounge room Lounge room Lounge puzzle area Lounge puzzles Stairs to pool room Pool room gate Pool room Playing pool Big kitchen Small kitchen Bathroom Laundry