Holiday Inn On Avon

3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 Stars

356 Oxford Terrace, Christchurch, Christchurch-Canterbury, 8001, New Zealand
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Accommodation during the Rigby World Cup

by CatherineReichardt

My colleague is lucky enough to have tickets for the quarter final in Christchurch on Saturday 8 October, but it appears that most of the hotel accommodation has already been block booked.
Does anyone have any recommendations for comfortable, affordable and convenient accommodation that might still be available?
Thanks and regards

Re: Accommodation during the Rigby World Cup

by Tricky_Dicky69

Hi, we recently stayed at The Lorenzo Motor Lodge which was fab. The Lorenzo is ideally located on Riccarton which is a few minutes drive from the airport or buses from the airport stop right outside. There are numerous restaurants, bars and a big shopping centre on the door step. It's a few minutes drive into the centre of Christchurch or a pleasant 10 - 15 minute walk through Hagley Park. The owners were super friendly and helpful, the room was a good size spotlessly clean. Lorenzo is slightly more expensive than the average motor type lodge but you get what you pay for and it was worth every penny. We wouldn't hesitate to stay there again. Worth a try.

Re: Accommodation during the Rigby World Cup

by unaS

Comfortable and affordable yes. How convenient it is re the location of the game I don't know. Perhaps send them an email and ask? I found it quite convenient for the center of the city. There is a local bus right on the corner.

A very nice motel with 2 story attached units. Located in a quiet residential neighbourhood. A bit far out of town for walking, but the bus stops on the corner.

Very clean and comfortable. Good bed. Fully stocked kitchen in the room. Coffee/tea makings free in the room.

They will pick-up at the inter-city bus stop in town.

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Re: Accommodation during the Rigby World Cup

by Kakapo2

The hotel accommodation has not only been block booked but the rates have gone through the roof. The Novotel was reported to have raised the rates during the Rugby World Cup by 200 per cent.

As the game mentioned will start at 8.30pm there is enough time to get back to nearly any accommodation in the city by public transport, so I would not necessarily go for the most convenient location but the best price.

The stadium is in an unpleasant area of the city but close to the city centre. It is a walking distance. So any accommodation in the city centre would be fine. The Avalon Lodge Una mentioned, however, is on the other side of the city centre, so it would be a bit too far to walk but not impossible. I do not tend to send people to this area as it is just a tad to far for a convenient walk to the city centre. But sure, there is the bus.

The stadium is close to the bus route to Lyttelton (some nice B&Bs, an apartment building but no hotel at the moment), so you could look as far out as this, and also the bus route to Sumner (which is Christchurch's nicest seaside suburb) is near the stadium.

In the city centre you could include backpacker accommodation in your search as most provide ensuite double rooms. Just the other day when I updated my accommodation tips on VT I came across a hostel where the prices will go up insignificantly for the World Cup. Can't remember which one it was but it was either Rolleston House or the YMCA. They are at superb locations in the centre, just across the street from the Botanic Garden and the Arts Centre.

Travel Tips for Christchurch

Feral Pigs

by ATXtraveler

Feral Pigs run rampant around New Zealand, and are often referred to as "Captain Cookers" or "Tuskers", made famous by the fact that they were introduced by Captain Cook as gifts to the Māori people. They are now considered a major danger to the ecology of the islands, because they are known to kill native animals like the Kiwi.

As a lesson, it is probably best not to bring animals to New Zealand that are not native to the land. As it is such a small island in comparison to other environments, the controls are pretty strict in this sense.

Statues (3): James Edward Fitzgerald

by Kakapo2

James Edward Fitzgerald was the first Superintendent of Canterbury from 1853 to 1857.

His statue is located in Rolleston Avenue near Cashel Street. It was donated to the Domains Board by R. E. Green in 1938.

It was sculpted in plaster by F. A. Shurrock, a prominent Christchurch artist and art teacher, and cast in bronze in England and erected in 1939.

Hire a Bike at McLean's Forest Park

by Kakapo2

Lately (April 2007) I have noticed that they now hire bicycles at McLean's Forest Park which we really enjoy a lot for cycling and jogging. This is a great opportunity for cycling a bit out of the city, as tourists normally do not travel with their bikes unless they explore the country on their bikes.

There are a lot of brand new bikes for hire, also for children, and the owners hope that they will soon get a license for selling food, so you can have a coffee there after the activity.

For details about the forest park near the international airport please check my detailed description in my list of "Off the Beaten Path" tips.


by keeweechic

Twizel is a township south of Christchurch which was built in 1968 as base for one of the most impressive hydro-electric power schemes in the Southern Hemisphere. The town was to have been bulldozed once the construction scheme was finished but the population began a campaign to keep it’s existence.

The town has become of the McKenzie Country and services the surrounding areas as well as expanding its tourist role as the nearest township to Mount Cook which is only about 45 minutes away.


by fishandchips about Civic

The Civic is located in the heart of Christchurch, incorporating Zinc bar, the Green Chamber (small function room) and The Civic Chamber. The front bar, Zinc, holds 200 people, and can be completely sealed or opened into the Civic Chamber through double doors. The Green Chamber on the opposite side of the building holds 100. The main room holds up to 1000, which is the maximum capacity of the entire venue. This location are actually the old Council Civic chambers. The scene here is mainly dance with its many varieties - I tend to go when it's D&B night. Lots of fun. Casual


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 Holiday Inn On Avon

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Address: 356 Oxford Terrace, Christchurch, Christchurch-Canterbury, 8001, New Zealand