Avonhead Lodge Motel

168 Yaldhurst Road, Christchurch, 8042, New Zealand
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Hire Campervan type vehicle

by julmar

We are travelling to Christchurch in November 2007 from Australia and would like to hire one of those Campervan vehicles ( 4 berth) We have been searching prices on the internet from Australia and New Zealand and are getting quotes of aprox $200 per day. (We need a van for approx 10 dys) Does anyone know of a company that hires these vehicles at a cheaper rate. We prefer to hire a camper van than a car and then stay in a motel each night, but maybe it is cheaper to do the motel thing? Any suggestions appreciated. Thanks

Re: Hire Campervan type vehicle

by Purpleshade

Camper van hire is extremely expensive. Many people find it cheaper (and more comfortable) to hire a sedan car and stay in motels.

Re: Hire Campervan type vehicle

by vera47

Here are the names of some firms I found in the yellow pages. They are "backpacker" campervans, much more reasonably priced. Some very interesting vehicles. Have a look.


Re: Hire Campervan type vehicle

by kzapanta

There are much cheaper options. It all depends on how big the camper van your group needs. Here is a site that has a list and pricing for most camper van companies:

Here is a link to why I think camper vans is so much better than car and hotel option in N.Z.:

Have a blast!

Re: Hire Campervan type vehicle

by Kakapo2

It is just a matter of personal preference if you travel in a campervan or choose the car/motel option. I have done both and clearly tend to the latter because it is much nicer in bad weather conditions, and you have space at the end of the day and, in case of heavy rain and mud, you are not crammed in a humid van, trying to dry yourselves and the clothes, and all the dirty shoes around... Of course, with a campervan you never get stressed to find accommodation for the night. There are places where the campervan is much better than anything else, like the red centre of Australia...

If it is just for the money I think the car/motel option is cheaper. A company in Christchurch with great rates is Affordable Cars in St. Asaph St., www.greenmanrental.com

BTW They also have cheap Campervans.

For rentals from Auckland (and other NZ cities) I can highly recommend Ace Cars, www.acerentalcars.co.nz

Re: Hire Campervan type vehicle

by Junkfoot

Or have you thought about buying a Campervan and selling it after your Trip? You can pick up reasonable vans for 3000-4000$ and (depending on the season) sell it for roughly the same price. Of course you could have bad luck and buy a lemon but it's probably a risk worth taking.

Travel Tips for Christchurch

Christchurch Cathedral

by CandS

The Christchurch Cathedral is located in the Cathedral Square (funnily enough?!) and is a great landmark to get your bearings in the centre of Christchurch. It is a beautiful old cathedral and you can go inside to look around, but you do have to come out via the souvenir shop...

Scared Scriptless = great Comedy Show

by Kakapo2

I nearly wondered if I should not post this under "Nightlife Tips" because it starts so late. What I know is that I do not want to extend my list of Things to Do because it is getting too long. I have to admit, I have not listed many interesting things already because it is just getting too much, mainly because of the lack of suitable categories. We would urgently need a category named "Arts and Culture", so tips about cinemas, theatres, galleries and other cultural events and attractions would not get lost in the typical To-Do lists. Anyway... As this is a local highlight I list it in Local Customs.

Let me recommend you something "cultural" and very funny. Every Friday at 10pm - yes, really, 10pm! - they have the Scared Scriptless comedy show at the Court Theatre (at the Arts Centre, entrance on Worcester Bvd). The show is always different, as the Court Jesters only have a skeletal programme, and the spectators are heavily involved in the show, give the actors the key words and ideas, and they have to fully improvise. It really is hilarious.

Tickets cost NZ$ 15 only.

For bookings call (03) 963 0870
or go to: www.courttheatre.org.nz

The comedians also have a website: www.courtjesters.co.nz

The infamous Leper Colony

by knerten

Quail Island is an island just south of Lyttelton. There's a walk that will take you all around the island (2-3 hours), but there's a lot to see, and there's signs and stories along the way.
Named after the now extinct native Quail, the island was used as a leper colony in the early 1900s and as a quarantine station by the early European settlers.
There is public transport available to Lyttelton on the number 28 bus, taking around half an hour from the central city. The ferry service is provided by Black Cat from ?B? Jetty, follow the blue dolphin signs in the walkway across the bridge. It takes 10 minutes to the island. The ferry runs year-round, in the summer it makes to calls at Quail Island, in the winter only one, so you have the option of a 2 hour stay or a 5 hour stay (only this one in winter). However, the ferry is the same that runs From Lyttelton to and from Diamond Harbour all day, and if you're caught by bad weather, and you are too wet or too cold to wait for the ferry, you may call the ferry company and ask them to make an unscheduled call at Quail Island. They did that when I was there, but then we were the only 2 people on the island that day...
Remember to bring your own food and drink, as there's nothing on the island to serve you, at least not in winter when I went there.

St. Mary’s of Merivale

by Kakapo2

I do not distinguish between religious and non-religious people. I have met bad Catholics who treated protestants in a nearly racist way, and good non-religious people. So I prefer to distinguish between good and bad people. The institution of the church has a deterring effect on me!

This parish of St. Mary’s in Merivale (Anglican) has given me a very good feeling with its open and welcoming atmosphere. They do not care who you are and what or in whom you believe, they just seem to be there for people in need and the community. Not that I had cared – but it is very positive to know that such places exist. In their info brochure they say: “St. Mary’s is open for everyone to use each day for prayer, quiet times and reflection.”

I also quite like this church which was started in 1926 and completed in 1927. It succeeded the first Church of St. Mary’s which was a wooden building, built in 1866. On this photo from the City Library you can see the original church which was a Chapel of Ease to St. Paul’s in Papanui, and looked totally different. It was located on the sundial lawn to the west of the present church.

The cloister area between the hall and the church was added in 1965. The parish centre, at the corner of Papanui Road and Church Lane, completes the complex. It is known as Gossett Hall. The church itself, made of dark granite in Gothic revival style, is sitting along super-quiet Church Lane. It has a very nice and rather impressive organ, beautiful stained glass windows, and very nice woodworks and a wooden ceiling.

Parish Office open Mon – Fri 9am – 3pm

Sunday Services at 8am, 10am (they write: Please stay for a cup of tea…), additionally at 11.30am every second Sunday, and at 5.30pm every fourth Sunday. Changing times during the week.

30 Church Lane, Merivale

Located some metres from the main road (Papanui Road) between Merivale Mall and Bealey Avenue, about 1 km north of the city centre.

Red Bus Services

by rozehill

A Day Pass is your passport to the area of the city covered by bus services and the many attractions and activities on each bus route. All you need to do is buy a Red Bus Day Pass.
A Single adult Day Pass costs $7.00. A Family pass (2 adults and 3 children) costs $15.00.
Red Bus Day passes are available from your Bus driver or Metroinfo at the crossing.
The Pass is valid all day from 6:15 am - 11:30pm.


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