Coming to Christchurch? Then let us help you find the best Christchurch motels.
Often known as the "Garden City", Christchurch is a beautiful city located mid way along New Zealand's east coast, and is the largest city on the South Island.
Home to over 700 parks, Christchurch is well known as the access point for visitors coming to the South Island, and is close to the ski fields of the Southern Alps, the wonderful wineries of the Canterbury and Marlborough regions, and the marine wonders of Kaikoura.
All of the motels that we recommend have been carefully chosen.
They all have consistently high traveler reviews, and in many cases, the motels that we recommend are those which we have actually stayed in ourselves.
Following are our selections for the best budget, mid-range, luxury, and airport Christchurch motels.
You can view the full range of Christchurch accommodation here.
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518 Linwood Ave, Woolston, Christchurch
Phone +64 3 980 4252
Distance from airport approx. 25 minutes drive
10 minutes drive from city centre
Haka Lodge has disabled access rooms available
This great little lodge is located close to the central business district, and is fast gaining a reputation as one of the best in the region. So much so that it's consistently rated near the top on TripAdvisor reviews, and was awarded their Certificate of Excellence..
We love the modern clean rooms and excellent facilities, including several "chill out" areas, free tea and coffee, and free unlimited wifi for each night that you stay there.
You can choose from dorm rooms, private rooms, or even a spacious 2 bedroom self contained apartment, with its own bathroom and kitchen.
You will love the dorm rooms which feature comfortable single beds (no more bunks!). And the motel grade private rooms have a flat screen TV and DVD player, and access to a balcony.
There's a bus stop outside for access to the city centre and airport, and the staff are always friendly and helpful.
For more information click here.
Note: Haka also have lodges in Queenstown, Auckland, Paihia (Bay of Islands) and Taupo.
42 Papanui Road, Merivale, Christchurch
+64 3 355 5633
Distance from airport approx. 15 minutes drive
Distance from city centre approx. 5 minutes drive
Pavilions have disabled access rooms available
Our top mid range motel is Pavilions.
Located about 15 minutes drive from the airport, Pavilions is a short walk to the city centre and is close to a range of restaurants.
We like the spacious rooms and on our last couple of trips we stayed in the 2 bedroom suites, which were really clean and comfortable. It was also mid winter and the heating in the rooms was fantastic.
We found the staff to be very knowledgeable and helpful with information on local attractions.
Pavilions have an on site restaurant with a good selection of dishes, and with so much competition nearby, they need to deliver. We were very satisfied with our meal.
The hotel also has a pool, spa and gym.
Their free (limited) wifi is a bonus and worked well for us during our stay.
We also liked the availability of their free parking right outside our room.
And if you arrive late, they have 24 hour reception, and a 24 hour room service snack menu.
Overall, a great place to stay.
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28 - 30 Cathedral Square
Phone: +64 3 983 4800
Distance from airport approx. 20 minutes drive
Located in Christchurch central business district
Heritage Christchurch have disabled access rooms available
This beautiful hotel is located in the historic former government building in Cathedral Square in the city centre.
This all suite hotel offers you a choice of fully self contained 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments, all with full kitchen and laundry facilities.
Our most endearing memories of the Heritage are the spaciousness of the suites. We have stayed in the 1 bedder and the towering ceilings, huge entry door, and mezzanine floor make it a really unique place to stay.
If you are spending a few days in Christchurch, it's an ideal base. Unpack once, then go off and explore for the day, knowing that when you return, everything you need is there in the apartment. And because of its location, there are numerous restaurants close by.
Facilities include an excellent health club with lap pool, gym, spa and sauna. There is also wifi in all rooms, a tour booking service, baby sitting, laundry service, and valet parking (some services attract an additional charge).
There is an on site restaurant but at the time of writing it was only offering breakfast (no lunch or dinner). Local restaurants will however deliver to your room if desired.
To learn more about this beautiful hotel, just click here.
Commodore Airport Hotel
449 Memorial Avenue, Christchurch
Phone +64 3 358 8129
Distance from airport approx. 3 minutes drive
Approx. 15 minutes drive from city centre
Commodore Airport Hotel has disabled access rooms available
If you are looking for somewhere to unwind before or after your flight, this is one of the better motels that we have found.
We have stayed here a few times and one of its best features is that it's only a few minutes drive from the airport. And if you don't have a car, they offer a free shuttle service to and from the airport.
The rooms are clean & modern, and with an onsite restaurant, free wifi, a heated indoor pool, gym and even a tennis court, it's got all the necessary facilities to make your stay a comfortable one.
The Commodore is also ideally located if you are starting your New Zealand holiday as the main road heading North and South (State Highway 1) is only a few hundred metres from the motel.
We loved the comfy beds and the pool and the convenience of having all the facilities that we needed on site.
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