Riccarton Mall & Deans Bush Motel
140-142 Riccarton Road, Christchurch, 8041, New Zealand
Old, dated & overpriced
This place was a shocker for how much we paid ($160 a night) It was very dated and neglected. The vinyl floor in bathroom was worn through, the bath had worn out gaps all around seals. edges were filthy, only 1 jet in spa worked properly, the doorway had water damage and was swelled up and couldn't close properly, the ceiling had been hand washed or something and was streaky and dirty looking, the electric blankets hardly gave any heat, the TV was ancient. Net curtains were put up wrinkled like it had been left in washing machine too long. Very cold looking and unappealing. All this had nothing to do with recent earthquake, just needs a total overhaul and update.
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Buskers Festival 2008.
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Clubs/pubs in CHCH
hey i will be in chch with 3 mates on the 30th of december for a nite and jan4 for a nite! we r there on a thurs nite and tues nit. what are the more happening places to go to there? clubs/pubs etc on the nites we r there??
any help would be good :)
Re: Clubs/pubs in CHCH
What sort of music do you like? I can recommend the Blues Bar, great atmosphere, live music, if you like blues type stuff?
Re: Re: Clubs/pubs in CHCH
our scene is more the modern day top40 type music or places where they have live bands, djs etc
know of any of them?
Re: Re: Clubs/pubs in CHCH
Not many, but I was in Bailies recently, right in the square by the cathedral. Heaps of room, a good beer garden, and there was a live band playing popular stuff.
Not everyones cup of tea, but The Holy Grail is worth a look. An old converted cinema, it is now a bar dedicated to the Crusaders rugby team. Good atmosphere, music, and TVs everywhere (including the loos!!) and the original cinema screen, showing rugby if its on (dont let the sport thing put you off, its a good laugh in there and as I said worth a look).
RE: RE: Clubs/pubs in CHCH
There are lots of bars around the central city - all within walking distance. Check out The Strip (a row of restaurants/bars along Oxford Tce) where you'll find about 6 bars in a row. A lot play electronic mixed stuff, but the range of music around is good.
Legends is popular for more 80's/90's stuff too.
Hope this helps a bit...
Travel Tips for Christchurch
Concrete pond of truncated triangular shape with terrazzo panel topping. The fountain has ten bubbling fountains of varying heights. Water cascades over two weirs in walls to be recycled. Donated to the City by Sir Robertson Stewart OBE August 1970. Has been upgraded from original. Bronze plaque is fixed to side of fountain step towards top.
Isn't it ugly!!
Westpac Arena is one of the country's largest indoor sports and entertainment venues.
Originally the Westpac Centre, it was built in 1998 and has hosted many international sporting events (including World Cup Netball), rock concerts and exhibitions.
The Arena has also been host to a lot of sporting events including various Tennis Matches, Ice Shows, Disabled Games, Karate Championships, Murderball (aka Wheelchair Rugby) and Gymnastics Competitions. It's also known as 'The Woolshed' by Canterbury Rams basketball fans.
Over the last few years the likes of Bryan Adams, Neil Diamond, Velvet Revolver, R.E.M. and Muse have played here.
It's only ten minutes from the central city and is located beside Addington Raceway (for horces who are keen on either trotting or pacing).
The lovely Port Town
Lyttelton is a nice place to start a day trip around the harbour and to the various bays and places. Lyttelton can be approached from many directions with the most common either through the tunnel via Heathcote Valley or over the hill from Sumner.
There are several places of note to visit including the Time Ball station, old Gaol and the Wonderbar.
Once you are here you can continue on around the various bays including Rapaki, Cass, Corsair, Charteris (inlc Orton Bradley Park with Golf Course and great walks), Govenors and Diamond Harbour. Further round gets you to Purau and Port Levy.
Late Night Escapades
Located on Lichfield St near the corner of Colombo, Eye Spy is one of the better places to hang out if you are into the Dance House scene. With live DJs mixing until late Eye Spy is a good spot for a big night on the dance floor. Drinks are priced a fraction high but this is most likely to keep the customers at the level that Eye Spy is after. This is more of a dressy night-club and the bouncers will not let you in if you dress down too much or are intoxicated.
Delicious food, nice atmosphere
We actually read about this place in our guidebook, liked the sound of it and decided to check it out. We hadn't booked and the place was really busy when we arrived, but they managed to find a table for us, and we didn't have too long to wait for our food. It's divided into three areas - a bar, a restaurant and a heated outdoor courtyard. There's live music in the bar most nights, and although there was a band playing while we were there, it wasn't too loud in the restaurant and we were still able to have a conversation without having to shout at each other. The service was really good and fast and the staff were able to recommend dishes and wines to accompany them. I forget now what I had to eat, but I know that I was really satified with it. They serve mostly vegetarian and seafood, and have a good selection of interesting and well-priced dishes to choose from.
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