Location & Contact Us

Airport Backpackers
Racecourse Backpackers Hostel Ltd
130 Racecourse Road
Upper Riccarton
Christchurch

Phone: +64 3 960 9889
+64 21 232 7080

Email: stay@racecoursebackpackers.co.nz

Web: christchurchbackpackers.co.nz

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We are the closest budget accommodation to the Christchurch International Airport (6.4km), Airforce Museum (2.1km), Antarctic Centre (6.7km), Riccarton Market (1.2km), Dairy and Fish & Chips shops (opposite), Coach Corner shops (750m) (cnr Racecourse and Yaldhurst Roads), Lincoln University (15.4km), University of Canterbury (3.9km) and SIT Christchurch Campus (1.3km)

Directions

Buses: Number 130 to and from Avonhead, Riccarton and Hornby. Take the Yellow Line or Purple Line along Riccarton Rd to go to the city centre.

Approximately two minutes walk from the entrance of our hostel according to Google Maps.
View timetables and maps: on the MetroInfo website. For all bus routes in Christchurch, have a look at the interactive bus network map.

  • Airport:

    From our hostel to the airport:

    1. Take Bus Route 130 from Epsom Road to Riccarton Road,
    2. Purple Line at Westfield Riccarton Mall to the Christchurch Airport.
    3. Affordable transport from our hostel to the airport or surrounding areas within Christchurch. Contact us directly for this service. Prices per trip (one way):

      1. 1 or 2 person $30.
      2. $10 for each additional person.
      3. Price may vary to other destinations.

      To our hostel from the airport:

      Taxis, shuttles and buses are available at the airport.

      Take Purple Line at the airport's bus stop, then bus number 130 opposite Church Corner Mall or at Westfield Riccarton Mall on Riccarton Rd.

      Super Shuttle is more affordable than taxi from Christchurch Airport runs 24/7 - Book online here, using Racecourse Backpackers as the Hotel name.

      Mr Shuttle is another alternative that is more affordable than taxis to the airport and other destinations within Christchurch - Book online here.

      Directions from Airport:

      1. Exit from the drop off area, move on Durey Rd and towards the roundabout
      2. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Memorial Ave
      3. On Memorial Ave, turn left onto State Highway 1
      4. Make a U-turn
      5. Turn left onto State Highway 73 (Yaldhurst Road)
      6. Turn right onto Racecourse Road. We are on the left at #130 and down the driveway from the entrance. You can park on the street, or at our car park.

Nearest Supermarkets

Buses: number 130.

    Driving:
  1. Turn right out of the Hostel and follow Racecourse Rd.
  2. Turn right onto Yaldhurst Rd (as you follow it it will become Riccarton Rd).
  3. Opposite the Church Corner Mall is the Countdown supermarket.

  • Countdown Bush Inn at Bush Inn Centre, Cnr Riccarton and Waimairi Roads
  • Countdown Hornby at 17 Chappie Place, Hornby (5 mins drive)
  • China Town Market in Church Corner mall, opposite Countdown Church Corner with car parking accessed from Leslie Street
  • Kosco Asian Supermarket at 227 Blenheim Rd, Riccarton

From the Train Station (5 minutes drive)

To go to the train station: we can organise for you. Prices are listed above. Please contact us or book online if you would like this pre-booked.
    Driving:
  1. Head west on Troup Dr toward Whiteleigh Ave.
  2. Turn right at Whiteleigh Ave.
  3. Turn left at Blenheim Rd.
  4. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Epsom Rd.
  5. Continue straight onto Racecourse Rd
    Destination will be on the right - number 130 Racecourse Rd.

To Air Force Museum

Buses: Turn left from our entrance and without crossing the road to take bus number 130 on Epsom Road. Drop off at any bus stop along Main South Road. Cross the road to board either a 80 Lincoln, 100 Wigram, or Yellow Line bus down Main South Road. Get off when you see the orange and silver Harvard aircraft, then walk for 5 minutes down Harvard Ave.
Driving: Driving instructions on Google Maps

To Canterbury Museum: about 15 minutes drive

Buses: Turn left from our entrance and without crossing the road to take bus number 130 on Epsom Road. When at the bus interchange in the city centre, take bus number 17 to Rolleston Avenue.
Driving: Driving instructions on Google Maps

To City Centre: about 8 minutes drive

    Buses:
  1. From Epsom Road take bus 130 to Riccarton Road.
  2. Take Yellow Line or Purple Line from Riccarton Road to city centre.
    Driving:
  1. Turn right out of the Hostel and follow Racecourse Road.
  2. Turn right onto Yaldhurst Road (as you follow it it will become Riccarton Road).
  3. Go through 1 roundabout, crossing Deans Avenue, move along Riccarton Avenue to arrive in the city centre. The Botanic Gardens and the Avon River are just on the left of Riccarton Ave as you enter the City Centre.

To University of Canterbury: about 10 minutes drive

Buses: A bus to University of Canterbury just walking distance from the Hostel - along Epsom Road. Take number 130 at bus stop on Epsom Road, then bus 120 at any bus stop along Riccarton Road before Balgay Steet (bus 120 turns left onto Clyde Road from Riccarton Road).

    Driving:
  1. Head northeast on Racecourse Rd toward Wynand Pl.
  2. Turn right at Yaldhurst Road.
  3. Turn left at Peer Street.
  4. Sharp right at Waimairi Road.
  5. Take the 1st left onto Homestead Ln.
  6. Turn left at Ilam Road.
  7. Turn right into the car park area before University Drive to arrive at University of Canterbury.

To Lincoln University: about 15 minutes drive

Buses: A bus to Lincoln University just walking distance from the Hostel - along Epsom Road. Take number 130 at bus stop on Epsom Road, then number 80 at Westfield Riccarton Mall, or opposite Church Corner Mall along Riccarton Road.

    Driving:
  1. Turn left out of the Hostel and follow Epsom Rd.
  2. At the roundabout, take the 4th exit onto Main South Rd.
  3. Turn left at Springs Rd.
    Go through 1 roundabout.
  4. Turn right at Ellesmere Junction Rd.
  5. Take the 1st left onto Calder Dr to arrive at Lincoln University.