The Garden Hotel

110 Marshland Road, Shirley, Christchurch, 8061, New Zealand
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Best way to go o the city from the airport and where to go for dinner

by chala

Hi everybody,

my husband and I will go to Christchurch on January 2, what is the best way to go downtown, we will stay at the Copthorne Durham... I think it is in the citycenter.

Any tips to have a good dinner there...

Thanks a lot

Re: Best way to go o the city from the airport and where to go for dinner

by northeast80

I booked an airport shuttle, picked me up from my hostel and dropped me off at the airport, along with a few other stops to other hotels on the way.
That cost NZ$16 one way.
Ooh, it's cheaper for two people, I just did a test (to the CBD) NZ$21 one way, here's the link-

Re: Best way to go o the city from the airport and where to go for dinner

by fishandchips

The $5 Airport bus is one of the cheapest ways to get into the the city centre with a 5 minute walk to the Copthorne Durham once you arrive. The shuttle will take you to your hotel door for about $15.

There are lots of food options including Ironside Thai, Pedro's & Dux De Lux all in easy walking distance from your hotel (depending on your taste & budget).

Re: Best way to go o the city from the airport and where to go for dinner

by KiwiBoyNZ

If you go to the Antartic Centre by the Aiport you can get a $4 (I think) bus that anyone can use. I haven't used it yet, but a friedn told me. Saves you $1 compared to the $5 bus plus it has penguins on the roof!

Re: Best way to go o the city from the airport and where to go for dinner

by Stete

You just get a cab,its only 15-10 minutes from the city and quite cheap. ($40NZ)otherwise you can get a shuttle and thats about $15. There are lots of great places to eat out, I would head to Sol Square which is quite a new area with lots of restaurants and boutique designer clothing. A recommendation would be to get to know the city would be to do the guided Christhchurch City Bike Tour. Its about 2 hours and a super way to see the city and sus out the places to eat at and visit.

Re: Best way to go o the city from the airport and where to go for dinner

by auztrav

cheapest way to hotel so daytime?

Travel Tips for Christchurch

Christchurch Streets

by CandS

If you get the chance, go for a walk around the streets of Christchurch's a pretty city with lots of nice buildings and gardens. It's always good to walk around - you get to see more of the city that way.


by kiwigal_1

The New Zealand dollar has depreciated in value over the last few years. It now lies around $1NZ=$0.49US
good for all of you wanting to travel to NZ but bad for us kiwi's!!

The notes were changed over 10 years ago to depict famous kiwi faces instead of the queen. She has been retained only on the $20 bill and on the back of the coins. There are bills of 100,50,20,10 and 5 and coins 1,2,50,20,10,5. 1 and 2 dollar bills and 1 and 2 cent coins were phased out a while ago.

When travelling to New Zealand it is possible to exchange many different currencies at banks all over the country. New Zealand also has a very good ATM network so it is possible to get cash advances from credit and debit cards.

To find out how much the New Zealand dollar is worth click on the link to launch the currency converter

Skate and play in snow

by plant_girl

In an exceptional year some of the lakes in Porters pass freeze over. This is a great chance to play in the snow, do some ice skating etc.
More often than this, (generally a couple of times a year at least) it snows on the Porters pass road. Usually it is wet and miserable in Christchurch when this happens. Hop in the car and drive (carefully!) up to the pass with plastic bags, inner tubes and sleds and spend the day sliding down the hillside. Excellent!!

Do not Bother to Walk in Duncan Park

by Kakapo2

As I do not want to miss absolute must-does or could-does-if-you-have-more-time in Christchurch I finally test-walked Duncan Park, expecting to end up on the Summit Road and enjoy a nice view over the city and Lyttelton Harbour. I even had my hiking boots on and my walking poles at hand ;-)

My husband and I spent some very funny minutes - because this walk is just a joke! To extend it to 30 minutes we stopped several times for a laugh - as we could not believe that this should be an official walkway.

The walk starts at the foot of the Port Hills, on the way to Lyttelton, in the Horotane Valley. There is a very nice carpark on the right side of the road, shortly before you would turn left onto the Tunnel road, about 200 metres after the turn to a horse riding facility.

They have erected poles with the famous Crater Rim walkway sign, the white W on orange. It starts promising, up some steep steps and over farm fences. The grass along the narrow path was very high, so you could not set the poles LOL The nice thing about the area is that they have replanted the slopes with an incredible lot of native plants which attract native birds. The views however are over greenhouses and the industrial zone of Christchurch's south east. Ok, ok - to your left you can spot the Summit Road.

The grass gets higher and higher - but the track soon leads downhill through more high grass and thistles. The insects have just waited for you to bite into your calves... Finally you reach a playground, with the white W on orange clearly indicating that you are not on the wrong track. The signs then lead around a horse riding paddock, and on the weekend you will surely spot some riders on the horses, and quite a lot of horse-trailers. I found the highlight was a little chat with a fantail chasing insects in the high trees. Finally you end up at the gate to the main road, and walk very nicely tracked 200 metres along the road back to your car. We did not shed a drop of sweat on this most boring walk in the Port Hills we have ever made.

Safeguard yourself with damage inspection

by JohanIsWeg

With rental vehicles it is important to safeguard yourself against unscrupulous businesses by making a careful record of any pre-existing damage to your vehicle. You do not want to find yourself at the conclusion of a lovely holiday fighting allegations you damaged the vehicle in some way.

A good option is to photograph the vehicle's exterior and interior, keeping a pictorial record of all pre-existing damage. Peruse any documentation provided by the rental company on noted damage and verify that all damage is fully recorded. If not, ask them to rectify their records.

Also make sure you and they agree on the amount of fuel in the tank. Don't necessarily expect that the vehicle will be supplied with a full tank of petrol. It may be only half full, and if not noted as such they may expect the vehicle back with a full tank!

I was very satisfied with the honesty and professionalism of the vehicle rental company we used, but it does not hurt to take precautions...


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