- Reviews: 22
Top 10 Holiday Park Meadow Park: Campground near Christchurch
I spent a week here at the end of my New Zealand trip. It has an indoor pool, nice kitchen area, a lounge with cable television, and is located a walkable distance from downtown Christchurch. I put up my little tent in a small grassy area for $9US a night in December 2003. It is more of a caravan park than a campground with a lot of vehicles and people crowded into limited space, but it was still comfortable. It is very family oriented, often the mothers are very territorial in the kitchen area (attack of the elbows) and the pool area is overcrowded with small children.
- Reviews: 1859
The beautiful Motels and Hotels of Merivale: Great Places close to the City Centre
Update March 2011
Nearly all motels in Papanui Road in the suburb of Merivale have survived the big earthquakes that hit Christchurch on 4 September 2010 and 22 February 2011 exceptionally well. Most of them are operating. On my latest walk on this road I have only noticed the All Seasons Papanui Road hotel not operating.
Although located on a main road (Papanui Road), north of the city centre, the motels and hotels of Merivale are rather peaceful. And above all: Most of them are absolutely beautiful, some even stunning. They all have beautiful gardens with spectacular roses, be it old picturesque mansions or more modern motel complexes. Just have a look at my photos, and you know what I mean.
The big advantage of Papanui Road is that it has only two lanes, so there is no real chance for car hoons to cause havoc like on four- to six-lane Bealey Avenue where Papanui Road starts.
As those motels and hotels are just between 1 and 1.5 km to the city centre you can either stroll back to your accommodation after dinner, or just take one of the buses servicing Papanui Road (## 11, 12 and 13 from the Bus Exchange). Merivale also offers great shopping and dining possibilities, so you would not have to go far to be happy. A bit further north is Northlands Mall.
Just some names:
Merivale Manor (rates from $ 138)
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The Charlotte Jane (5 star luxury boutique hotel, rates NZ$ 350 to 700…)
Camelot Motor Lodge (rates from $ 125)
Diplomat Motel (rates from $ 110)
Randolph Motel Apartments (rates from $ 140)
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Casino Court Motor Lodge (rates from $ 100)
Colonial Inn (rates from $ 110)
Photo 2 shows the Charlotte Jane.
Photo 3: The Camelot.
Photo 4: Cotswolds Heartland Motel.
Photo 5: ... another one LOL
- Reviews: 1859
Motels and B&B's on Colombo Street: Quiet Accommodation so close to the Square
Update March 2011
Despite their location between Cathedral Square and Bealey Avenue, most of these motels and B&B's are fully operational after the 22 February earthquake, for example:
Check out details on the motels| websites as conditions of access might change. In this area south of Bealey Ave there has been a curfew in place from 6pm to 6am in order to avoid looting. Even a more quiet night guaranteed... ;-)
Just the other day when I walked down from Bealey Avenue to Cathedral Square I thought what good location for accommodation the northern part of Colombo Street is. There is little traffic, so it is really quiet. Perhaps one or another drunken sailor walks down there at night, but I cannot imagine it any bad - whereas nearby Bealey Avenue is infamous for car hoons who keep the neighbourhood awake, and also during the day it is rather noisy due to a lot of traffic.
On this stretch of Colombo Street between Bealey Avenue and Peterborough Street you find quite a lot of motels which do not look bad from the outside.
You must look for house numbers between 800 and 900. From there you will not walk longer than 10 minutes to Cathedral Square (if you do not stop for the attractions and souvenir shops on the way ;-), so you would not need to worry about your car. Just leave it at the motel and walk to the city centre.
Update 23 November 2009
A very beautiful B&B named Wharetiki House (854 Colombo Street, phone 379 7392), a delightful colonial two-storey house with turrets, bay windows and verandahs I had recommended earlier is out of business. There were even reports that this gem was risking to be demolished. (Update 26 July 2010: Wharetiki House is now on the market for sale.)
Update 26 November 2011
Even worse. Wharetiki House was so badly damaged in the earthquakes that it has been demolished lately. The only thing left intact was the turret, leaning against the fence...
- Reviews: 1859
Motels in Riccarton Road: A huge Selection close to Mall, Restaurants + City
Update March 2011
About all motels in Riccarton Road - with the exception of the Roma on Riccarton - are operating after the 22 February earthquake. This suburb was affected in the September quake but survived this latest one rather well. Riccarton Road is perfectly located to get close to the CBD cordon if you want to have a look at some of Christchurch's badly damaged heritage buildings, and also to get out of the city, in particular to the south and the west, also to Banks Peninsula. The Cherry Tree Motor Lodge is very close to Hagley Park, Riccarton Mall Motel and Dean's Bush Motel are right opposite the Westfield Riccarton Mall.
I have not stayed in any of the incredible lot of motels in Riccarton Road but friends and acquaintances have, and nobody has been disappointed. Competition is enormous, and the standard is good. Many have some units with full cooking facilities. Most of them are rather new, and more are actually being built.
Although Riccarton Road - west of Hagley Park - is a busy road it is not really noisy because cars cannot pace through it due to a lot of traffic lights. But if you want to stay at a romantic place - do not stay there!
A notoriously noisy road is the much nicer looking Bealey Avenue north of Cathedral Square. Especially from Friday to Sunday the boy racer idiots use this multi-lane road for speeding, braking and racing, and many tourists have made nightmarish experiences there, staying at very nice places but not able to sleep thanks to those hoons. Every now and then our local newspaper publishes letters of frustrated visitors, and also some people whom I had told they should better book accommodation in Riccarton Road were not happy that they had ignored my advice and stayed at a (nice!) B&B in Bealey Ave... I really feel sorry for the owners that they and their businesses are terrorised by just some lawless individuals.
But back to Riccarton Road. There is really one motel after the other, especially near the Mall (Westfield Riccarton). But you do not only have the Mall with a great foodcourt, cinema, supermarket and lots of shops. You also have a big choice of pubs and restaurants nearby. And more shops...
On a nice day you can easily walk to the city centre, it would take about 30 minutes if your accommodation is not too far from the Mall, just a stroll down Riccarton Road, and then cross Hagley Park or the Botanic Gardens.
But also the bus connection is fantastic. Nearly all city-bound buses - but NOT The Orbiter - go to the Bus Exchange.
The Orbiter (mostly green) BTW connects all the big shopping malls, so if you want to shop till you drop, this is the bus to go with.
- Reviews: 871
Feb and March are very busy: Book Ahead
Be warned that Christchurch has its busiest visitor months in February and March. This means that hotel, motel & all other rooms are in short supply.
If you are coming to Christchurch in February or March then it is highly advisable to book your accommodation in advance. Have a look at this Accommodation Link for some ideas.
I note that there is currently a big sign in the Visitors Centre with this advice. They have been very, very busy over the last couple of weeks with big queues of people wanting help throught eh centre's room finding service. Avoid disappointment and plan ahead!!
- Reviews: 256
Orari B&B: Cute and Comfortable
I was very pleased with my stay at the Orari. Very cute and clean accomodations; friendly and helpful hosts; and walking distance to many attractions.
A beautiful lounge area with a fireplace, comfy chairs, couches, books and complimentary wine in the afternoons. A perfect way to end the day, and time to chat with other guests.
- Reviews: 1
unit 4/155 Peterborough Street, Christchurch: Did not honour my confirmed booking
Deal with the current owner of this property (Daniel / WET SEAL) at your own risk!
I had confirmed bookings for 2 short stays. When I contacted the owner the month prior to the stay, response I received was ...
"I have been asked by my employer who owns the above property to inform you that due to the property going on the market they can no longer accept March bookings".
... hmmm ... why had I not been informed immediately?
... hmmm ... interesting that web sites indicate there is availability in March, including one of the periods I had booked. The other period showed as booked for a much longer period than my original booking.
... hmmm ... also interesting that this email came from a personal email address rather than the owner's business (WET SEAL) that had been used for all other correspondence.
... hmmm ... very interesting that a new booking request under another name including the second period I had booked received a response (from WET SEAL) indicating that the unit was available. ... hmmm ... very disappointing that I received no responses to my emails asking when the property went on sale & why I had not been notified that my booking could not (???) be honoured.
Draw you own conclusions from this, but as indicated above ... Deal with this owner at your own risk.
- Reviews: 618
Park Royal: Excellent Hotel
This is an excellent 5* hotel, within easy walking distance of the city centre.
At the rear of the hotel, steps lead down to Victoria Gardens, where it is pleasant to sit and people watch. The River Avon winds past.
Laundry facilities,(free) which was a great hit with all of us on this 6 weeks tour of New Zealand, huge atrium, large lobby and foyer, 3 bars, 3 restaurants, and the breakfast buffet was exquisite.
Hotels guests have the use of bikes free of charge, and free newspapers in the morning.
cannot give you an idea of costs, as it was all included in the package.
- Reviews: 1800
Tunnel Vision Backpackers: Backpackers
Here's a view of the comfortable common room at Tunnel Vision where we had a great time getting to know 3 young Japanese visitors who were touring around NZ by car.
We tempted them into trying some of our vegemite, and much hilarity ensued. One thought it tasted a bit like Miso, which I think is the only reason the other 2 agreed to try it!
Their English was poor, but they were managing to get around, and having a great time, which was good to see.
- Reviews: 1800
Tunnel Vision Backpackers: Backpackers in Lyttleton
Tunnel Vision backpackers was a large 2 storey backpackers (bottle shop underneath) in the centre of historic Lyttleton (about 20 mins drive from Christchurch, through the Lyttleton tunnel).
For a big building, it had a surprisingly cosy feel - I think that was due to its friendliness and good set up.
On entering from the carpark up the stairs at the back, there was a fully equipped laundry with washers and dryers, then in to the corridor.
There was small bathroom with separate toilet room here and there, rather than just one for everybody to share (as in several places).
The kitchen was quite a large area, with a kitchen table big enough to sit about 10 people comfortably.
Again, all the walls were painted in bright colours, often different colours, but not too loud.
Some artwork on one of the corridors was quite impressive: a detailed map of the entire south island painted on the wall, from floor to ceiling (rather high ceilings too).
I had a self serve internet kiosk and phone right outside our room (how could I resist emailing home, though my husband had declared the holiday 'net free'!)
Our room with double bed was $55, about average - good point: a nice view out the window of the harbour (or would have been good if it hadn't always been overcast). At night we looked down on the 'Rat & Roach' pub in the main street, which lit up in ultra violet.
We were nice and handy to the pubs, restaurants, supermarket, and takeaway Fish N Chip shops.
- Reviews: 683
The Marine Bar and Backpacker: Surf or Sea
Has a high reputation for being a clean, tidy and fun environment.
Sunny balcony and gardens
Bus service to and from Christchurch city
Full kitchen and laundry facilities
Free off-street parking
Free luggage storage
Friendly and comfortable surroundings
The big-screen TV, pool tables, and sunny beer garden give you heaps of opportunity for fun.
Live music on Thursday, Trivia Nights, Pool Competitions, and $3.20 pints(beer) on Fridays
2 minutes walk to beach
20 bus ride to city
- Reviews: 683
Devon B & B: Armagh Street
Superior secure and private accomodation.
Delicious wholesome breakfasts, a great way to start the day
A relaxing and homely environment
A large guest lounge with TV and CD stereo available
In the colder winter months, a cosy warm fire
Off-street parking available
This B & B is on the route of the restored classic tramway. The beautiful old trams pass many attractions, including the Cathedral, Worcester Boulevard, the Arts Centre with its weekend market and the "Court" live theatre, and Canterbury Museum..short walk to Casino!!
- Reviews: 683
Alternative Accommodation: For Three Days or More
Fully equiped homes for families
Affordable, comfortable fully furnished flats in South Christchurch.
- Reviews: 683
Charteris Bay Bed & Breakfast: Around the bays
Surrounded by the beautiful scenery of the Port Hills and the Lyttelton Harbour basin. A quiet and peaceful place within walking distance of Orton Bradley Park, the Golf Course, Tennis Courts, the Yachting Club and several beaches.
$80 per night (excluding breakfast)
$95 per night (including breakfast)
$62 per night (excluding breakfast)
$70 per night (including breakfast)
- Reviews: 188
Amross Court Motor Lodge: Amross Court Motor Lodge
14 superior units, serviced daily:3 studio,1 spa unit. Fully equipped kitchen with microwave,cooktops,Sky TV,phone. Breakfast available, off street parking. The Rooms are basic but clean. This is ideal if you are staying for a few night.
Within 1km of Casino, city ans restaurants. Tariff: 2 persons from $80-$100; 2 bedrooms unit up to 4 persons from $125-$145. Your Hosts are Sharon & Russell Forbes.
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