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Accommodation Guide to Christchurch Region

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Where to Find cheap accommodation in Christchurch.

From the incredible views from the Port Hills to the surf beaches of New Brighton, Sumner and below, there are plenty of reasons to want to spend time in the outer suburbs of Christchurch. Whether you’re here for just a quick stay or working as part of your working holiday, you’re going to need to find cheap accommodation in Christchurch.

Because Christchurch is a pretty huge city, we have put together a quick list of the outer city suburbs where you are likely to find some cheap accommodation, as well as outlining how far away they are from Christchurch’s city centre. (For inner suburbs and city centre accommodation, just check out Accommodation Guide to Christchurch Central). This accommodation guide to Christchurch is also split into accommodation types, so you can just skip straight to your preferred accommodation style!

So find a place to stay in Christchurch using our nifty accommodation guide to Christchurch!

WHICH Christchurch Suburb TO FIND ACCOMMODATION?

There is accommodation found all over Christchurch. Here’s a quick rundown on what to expect in each Christchurch suburb in relation to Christchurch city centre. For more about Christchurch and its inner city suburbs, read our Accommodation Guide to Christchurch City.

Note: CBD  refers to “Central Business District” i.e. Christchurch city centre.

For more information on getting around, check out Public Transport in Christchurch.

  • Aranui – Location: northeast of CBD, Distance from CBD: 15min drive/1h30min walk. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$130.
  • Burnside – Location: north of CBD (stretches from inner suburbs all the way out to the airport), Distance from CBD: 15-20min drive/1h15min-2hour walk. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$145. Average hostel night: NZ$33.
  • Avonhead/Hyde Park/Russley – Location: west of CBD, Distance from CBD: 18min drive/38min walk. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$170.
  • Beckenham – Location: south of CBD, Distance from CBD: 11min drive/55min walk. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$150.
  • Belfast/Northwood – Location: south of CBD, Distance from CBD: 20min drive. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$115.
  • Bishopdale – Location: northwest of CBD, Distance from CBD: 16min drive/1h25min walk. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$150.
  • Bromley– Location: east of CBD, Distance from CBD: 12min drive/1h10min walk. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$160. Average hostel night: NZ$29.
  • Casebrook/Redwood/Northcote – Location: north of CBD, Distance from CBD: 16min drive/1h30min walk. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$135.
  • Halswell – Location: southwest of CBD, Distance from CBD: 16min drive. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$160.
  • Cashmere – Location: south of CBD, Distance from CBD: 12min drive/1hour walk. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$140.
  • Ferrymead/Mount Pleasant/Heathcote/Redcliffs – Location: southeast of CBD, Distance from CBD: 17min drive/1h45min walk. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$150.
  • Harewood – Location: northwest of CBD, Distance from CBD: 20min drive. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$160.
  • Hei Hei – Location: west of CBD, Distance from CBD: 20min drive. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$165.
  • Hilmorton/Wigram – Location: south of CBD, Distance from CBD: 13min drive. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$115.
  • Hillsborough/Opawa/Huntsbury/St Martins – Location: southeast of CBD, Distance from CBD: 20min drive/1h10min walk. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$150.
  • Hoon Hay/Westmorland – Location: southwest of CBD, Distance from CBD: 12min drive/1hour. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$140.
  • Hornby – Location: southwest of CBD, Distance from CBD: 20min drive. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$150.
  • Islington – Location: west of CBD, Distance from CBD: 20min drive. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$150.
  • Marshland – Location: northeast of CBD, Distance from CBD: 16min drive. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$130.
  • New Brighton/North New Brighton/South New Brighton – Location: east of CBD, Distance from CBD: 20min drive. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$150. Average hostel night: NZ$30.
  • Parklands – Location: northeast of CBD, Distance from CBD: 20min drive. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$160.
  • Clifton/Scarborough – Location: southeast of CBD, Distance from CBD: 25min drive. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$200.
  • Sockburn – Location: west of CBD, Distance from CBD: 15min drive/1h30min walk. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$140.
  • Sumner – Location: east of CBD, Distance from CBD: 25min drive. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$170. Average hostel night: NZ$25.
  • Woolston – Location: southeast of CBD, Distance from CBD: 11min drive/1hour walk. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$165.
  • Yaldhurst – Location: southwest of CBD, Distance from CBD: 20min drive. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$150.

For Christchurch city centre and the inner suburbs, such as Central, Addington, Ilam, Edgeware and Riccarton, check out the Accommodation Guide to Christchurch City Central.

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Hostels in Christchurch

Although there are more than 20 hostels in the whole of Christchurch, only a handful can be found in the outer suburbs. Expect to find the most hostels in more touristy destinations, such as Sumner, Chrsitchurch Airport and New Brighton. Because hostels are quite dispersed in the outer suburbs of Christchurch, you may find more convenient options in campgrounds, holiday parks and AirBnB.

Hostel prices in Christchurch usually start from around NZ$30 per bed per night. We always recommend to book your bed a week or two in advance in Christchurch, especially in summer  (the peak season in New Zealand) and especially for our recommended hostels in Christchurch.

You can always keep the cost of living down along with an extended stay by working for accommodation in a Christchurch hostel. For tips, have a look at How to Find Work for Accommodation in New Zealand.

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Renting a Room in Christchurch

Renting a room is common practice in Christchurch to keep the price to minimum when staying in Christchurch long-term, usually done if you have landed a job in Christchurch as part of a working holiday. With that, Christchurch is an extremely affordable city to live in. Expect a room to rent in Christchurch’s outer suburbs to be around NZ$130 per week. That’s a room to yourself in a flatshare or houseshare. You may find cheaper, around the NZ$165 per week mark, for a shared room.

For advice on how to find a room to rent in Christchurch, have a look at our 6 Resources to Find a Room to Rent in New Zealand. Renting a room involves a more complicated process than staying in short-term accommodation, so get clued up by reading The Paperwork Process of Renting or Flatting in New Zealand.

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AirBnb in Christchurch

Stay with a local in Christchurch! AirBnB, the online network of people’s “spare rooms” available for accommodation, is super popular in Christchurch. Plus, Christchurch has some of the most affordable AirBnB rooms out of any city in New Zealand.

Although the average room price is NZ$100 per night, there are plenty of NZ$14-40 rooms spread out around the outer suburbs of Christchurch. Woolston, New Brighton and South New Brighton are particular good for finding AirBnB rooms. Your first night with Airbnb is on us with this FREE NZ$45 Airbnb credit!

For more information on Airbnb, check out Everything You Need to Know About Airbnb in New Zealand and 10 Tips to Make the Most of Airbnb in New Zealand.

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Campgrounds and holiday parks in Christchurch

With recent law changes on freedom camping, you can only pitch a tent or sleep in your campervan in commercial holiday parks and campground or at the one Department of Conservation campground at Awaroa/Godley Head Campsite in Sumner. Those with a self-contained vehicle can stay for a maximum of two nights in most areas of Christchurch. More information is available in Where to Camp in Christchurch.

If you are desperate to plug in your campervan or pitch a tent in Christchurch, then there are 7+ options found in the suburbs of Woolston, South New Brighton, Middleton, Islington, Northcote, Harewood, and Northwood.

For information about camping, check out Camping in New Zealand and Accommodation Guide to Holiday Parks in New Zealand.

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