New Zealand’s YHA Christchurch Rolleston House reopens after earthquake

Two years after being damaged by an earthquake that shook Christchurch, the YHA Christchurch Rolleston House reopened for bookings a few days ago.

The 6.3 magnitude earthquake left the heritage building with cosmetic damage, leaving it closed for the longest period of time since its opening in 1919.

The YHA hostel reopened its doors after being closed nearly two years after extensive reparations were undertaken, including new additions such as new shower and kitchen facilities, better lighting, a disabled access ramp, energy efficient heating and earthquake strengthening.

YHA New Zealand organised an opening party for travellers and tourism industry operators which was also attended by the Mayor of Christchurch and the Governor General of New Zealand, patron of the YHA.

While the second YHA property on Manchester Street remains closed, the reopening of the YHA Christchurch Rolleston House represents a trend gaining momentum in Christchurch since the 2011 earthquake.