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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!!

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written January 16, 2004
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Very Comfy


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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 breakfast
Internet
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

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Written January 16, 2004
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Inside, very clean


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Alternative Accommodation: For Three Days or More

Family homes
Studio units

Fully equiped homes for families
Affordable, comfortable fully furnished flats in South Christchurch.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Family Travel
  • Written December 21, 2003
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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.

Double:
$80 per night (excluding breakfast)
$95 per night (including breakfast)
Single:
$62 per night (excluding breakfast)
$70 per night (including breakfast)

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Golf, Beaches, Hiking and Walking
  • Written March 23, 2003
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Peace


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Amber Park: Ensuite budget accommodation

Amber Park is within easy driving distance of Christchurch International Airport. Booking via the internet and email was easy. Management accommodated our late arrival by placing our keys in an envelope and taping it to our cabin door.

The ensuite cabin is equipped with a double bunk plus single bed; toilet, shower and basin; cupboard space for clothing and crockery; a small wall-mounted television (which tuned to a number of channels); bar fridge; kettle (with powder coffee and tea); alarm clock; and small table with two chairs.

The beds have pillows, sheets and a duvet cover.

For cooking there is a communal kitchen with stove/oven, two microwaves, toasters, fridge, boiling water and washing basins. The TV room/lounge has computers for paid internet connectivity. You can also use them to burn photographs onto CD.

The Park also has a dump station, car wash, BBQ, playground, laundry and public telephone.

Amber Park is located on Blenheim Road in Riccarton. Very close to public transport (bus) into the city. Easy and quick travel by car to the city or to get onto SH 73, 1 or 75.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Singles, Family Travel, Budget Travel
  • Written February 10, 2009
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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:

http://www.citycentremotel.co.nz/
http://www.holidaylodgemotel.co.nz/
http://www.centrepointoncolombo.co.nz/

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...

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  • Written July 19, 2007
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Wharetiki House - demolished after the earthquakes


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Pegasus Bay View B&B: Look at that view!

This is a B&B I would happily recommend to anyone. Although four people can be acommodated in the self-contained private guest suite with its double bedroom and seperate sitting room with a sofa bed, only one booking at time is taken so that a foursome would always be just friends or family. It is a Bed and Breakfast however, with tea and coffee making equipment and a small fridge but no cooking facilities, though when we wanted a quiet night in with fish and chips from the local takeaway, plates and cutlery were cheerfully provided. Breakfast is served upstairs either on the deck or in the dining room - either way the view is spectacular and the continental breakfast substantial, a great way to begin a day of sightseeing - and coming back in the evening to real home comforts was just as good.

The owners, Bernie and Denise, were excellent hosts - welcoming and friendly, with extensive local knowledge that they are happy to share.

Denise and Bernie have spared no efforts to create an ideal environment for their guests - with a warm welcome and quiet, calm and immaculate accommodation. They obviously love their home and its environs and spending a few days with them was the perfect end to our most recent New Zealand holiday.

Set high on the hill near Sumner, with absolutely stunning views looking north all the way up Pegusus Bay to the Kaikoura Mountains and east over Christchurch to the Southern Alps, staying here you'll be close to the city and also well placed to explore the beautiful Port Hills and Lyttleton Harbour.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Road Trip, Seniors
  • Written April 3, 2008
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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.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written July 5, 2007
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Motels opposite Riccarton Mall.


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SO Hotel has become ALL SEASONS Cashel Street: The Hit in Town - Great Rates, Small Rooms

Update Feb. 2011

Due to insolvency of the creator and owner, the SO Hotel has been sold and become the All Seasons Cashel Street. (There is another and completely different All Seasons Papanui Road, so take care when booking.)

Update March 2011

Since the 22 February earthquake this hotel is unaccessible. It is in the cordoned-off Red Zone of the CBD, and additionally it is next to the leaning high-rise building of the Hotel Grand Chancellor which has to be demolished. Before this is not done, the All Seasons Cashel Street is off limits.

The All Seasons Papanui Road is not open either.



If you do not care about the size of your room this is surely a great place to stay. This hotel claims to deliver five star service at budget rates, and the location is fantastic – in Cashel Street, just some steps from Cathedral Square. The slogan is: Great rooms at great rates. They save on room size, so you save money.

Depending on the room type you choose you can get a room from NZ$ 79.

Although being small (they call them compact), the rooms have smart features like free wireless broadband, flat screen entertainment system, and controllable mood lighting. The walls are triple insulated, so the rooms are surprisingly quiet although you are right in the busy city centre.

Checking out some hotels for visiting friends and colleagues a while ago, I had a look at a room of the hotel (when it was still the SO Hotel), and was blown away. The quality of the accommodation is fabulous. I had a closer look at a family unit. The main room is absolutely funky and a lot more spacious than I would have imagined, and there is good storage space. I really liked it at first sight. The small second room has two bunk beds (so four beds) but to be honest, that is it in this room. The bathroom is accessible from the main room, small, modern and functional. I would happily stay there.

BTW They told me that thanks to their low rates they have quite some local guests who stay for the night when they go out and do not want to drive, instead of investing the money in a taxi ride home. As rates have been "adjusted" in the meantime, I am not so sure if a lot of people are still doing this. A taxi back home would still be a cheaper option.

Rates (as February 2011):

Single NZ$ 79
Twin/Double NZ$ 109
Premium double NZ$ 119
Family room (1 double bed, 2 bunk beds) NZ$ 149

Email: reservations@allseasonschristchurchcashel.co.n

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Budget Travel
  • Written April 18, 2008
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Distinctive facade, smart rooms.

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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!!

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  • Written February 15, 2007

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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)
Click here or here

The Charlotte Jane (5 star luxury boutique hotel, rates NZ$ 350 to 700…)
Click here

Camelot Motor Lodge (rates from $ 125)
Click here

Diplomat Motel (rates from $ 110)
Click here

Randolph Motel Apartments (rates from $ 140)
Click here or here

Casino Court Motor Lodge (rates from $ 100)
Click here

Colonial Inn (rates from $ 110)
Click here




Photo 2 shows the Charlotte Jane.

Photo 3: The Camelot.

Photo 4: Cotswolds Heartland Motel.

Photo 5: ... another one LOL

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  • Written January 8, 2008
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Luxurious but still affordable: Merivale Manor.

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Oaks and City Apartments: Reasonably Priced Accommodation in the City Centre

Update March 2011

The Oaks Apartments on Cashel Street will be out of action for a very long time after the 22 February earthquake. They are located next to the leaning Grand Chancellor Hotel that has to be demolished. As long as this has not been done, there is no way to access the apartments even if they got a green sticker (meaning: inspected and safe). This area is cordoned off, the area around this part of the CBD has a curfew, and once when the sites are cleared from the rubble, the area will be a noisy building site. So really no place to go back to for a long time.

You might want to check out City Apartments, as they manage apartment buildings all over the city, some at better and some at worse locations. I would not stay there, as there is no life in the city.



A good and sometimes more economic alternative to staying in an inner-city hotel is to book an apartment. Oaks Apartments is such a place. They are located in 187 Cashel Street, next to the SO Hotel. Studio accommodation comes to NZ$ 138, and a two-bedroom apartment (for 4 people) to $ 198.

My husband's enterprise always books those apartments for visiting business partners, and up to now there have been no complaints.

More info on http://www.nz.com/new-zealand/accommodation/christchurch/oaks-smartstay-apartments-on-cashel-christchurch.aspx

City Apartments are located in Armagh Street, between Colombo and Durham Street North. This is just some steps from beautiful Victoria Square, and about a five minute walk from Cathedral Square. They require a minimum stay of two nights.

Rates (as April 2008):

One Bedroom:
Two night minimum stay rate from NZ$145 per night
Seven night rate from NZ$120 per night

Two Bedroom Apartments:
Two night minimum stay rate from NZ$205 per night
Seven night rate from NZ$185 per night

Long stay rates can be negotiated.

More info on http://www.city-apartments.co.nz/

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Business Travel
  • Written April 18, 2008
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Oaks Apartments in Cashel Street.


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Higher Priced Apartments in the City Centre: Accommodation with all Amenities

Update March 2011

None of these apartments are available after the devastating earthquake that hit Christchurch on 22 February. The Chamber Towers were even very badly damaged, a very sad look of such a beautiful heritage building.



Cashel Apartments in 87 Cashel Street range from $ 249 to 307.

More info on http://www.nz.com/new-zealand/accommodation/christchurch/cashel-apartments-christchurch.aspx

The Chamber Towers apartments, located in the spectacular corner building at the intersection of Lichfield, High and Manchester Streets are in the same price range, starting at $ 230.

More info on http://www.nz.com/new-zealand/accommodation/christchurch/chamber-towers-apartments-christchurch.aspx

Rates at Poplars Apartments, located on the Avon River at the Corner of Madras & Chester Streets, start at $ 219. However, it is NOT a five minute walk to Cathedral Square, as stated on their website, rather a fifteen minute walk, as the address is north of Bealey Avenue. The five minutes apply to jogging and taking the car - looking for a carpark not included ;-)

More info on http://www.nz.com/new-zealand/accommodation/christchurch/poplars-apartments-christchurch-the-.aspx

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Business Travel
  • Written April 18, 2008
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The Chamber Towers apartment building.


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Still more than 100 open motels: Accommodation after the February earthquake

I have updated my Christchurch accommodation tips regarding availability and access after the 6.3 earthquake that devastated Christchurch and the CBD around the Cathedral in particular.

The Visitor Information Centre has published lists of open and closed accommodation after the quake. A few places I had been looking for are missing in the list but you get a very good overview.

You will see that most motels are still operating as the majority are not located right in the broken heart of the city.

A lot of hotels and hostels have been lost.

Although I always see "Vacancy" signs every time I drive past the motels, in particular in Riccarton Road, it is a good idea to make a reservation, as a lot of motels are used for accommodating recovery, police, and Civil Defence staff. There are also still plenty of tourists staying for a night or two, as Christchurch is the South Island's major and only really international airport.

Links to the city's accommodation lists:

Open accommodation:
http://www.christchurchnz.com/christchurch--canterbury-tourism/christchurch-accommodation---update.aspx

More information on BBH hostels:
http://www.bbh.co.nz/default.aspx?pid=39

Update October 2012

Good news! The first hotel to re-open in the city centre has been the Ibis. It is at the fringe of the still cordoned-off Red Zone - but also just a few steps from the Re:Start container mall, the Bus Exchange (Central Station) and a short walk from the Botanic Gardens, Hagley Park and Canterbury Museum.

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  • Written March 27, 2011

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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.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Backpacking, Budget Travel
  • Written March 5, 2004
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