What you need to know about where to stay in Christchurch

The largest city on New Zealand’s South Island has proven to be a city of an indestructible spirit. Severely affected by the Canterbury earthquakes of 2010 and 2011, the city, like a phoenix, is being reborn.

Best areas to stay in Christchurch

Best areas to stay in Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch, located on the banks of the River Avon, was first settled by the British in 1848 and became a city by Royal Charter in 1856, making it officially the oldest city in New Zealand.

Called the “Garden City”, Christchurch’s layout, architecture and atmosphere are more reminiscent of England than any other city in the country.

With one of New Zealand’s most important airports (the busiest on the South Island), Christchurch can be considered the gateway to this gorgeous region.

And, like all kiwi cities, the Garden City has a very low profile and a large urban sprawl, so finding the best area to stay in Christchurch is very important.

With regards to hotel fares, the city offers good news. Christchurch average rates are usually lower than those in Auckland or Queenstown, so this city is an excellent starting point for exploring the South Island.

The best areas to stay in Christchurch, New Zealand

1. Christchurch City-Centre

The Christchurch’s CBD, also known as the “Inner City” is the true heart of Christchurch.

The area suffered major damage during the Canterbury Earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 and it’s undergoing an extensive process of repair and reinvention.

Many businesses, attractions, cafes and accommodation properties have continued to operate without interruption. It is expected that the rest of the businesses that are still closed will open their doors in the coming months.

To prove that there is no earthquake that can trump the city’s spirit, temporary shopping centres housed in cargo containers, keep the pulse of the city centre going while providing a cool and alternative vibe to the central district.

The CBD is probably the best area to stay in Christchurch. If possible, select a hotel located in the rectangle bounded by the four main avenues: Deans, Bealey, Moorehouse and Fitzgerald, since this will allow you to walk to most of the attractions.

Where to stay in Christchurch - CBD

Where to stay in Christchurch – CBD

Christchurch City Centre - Click to see all options

Christchurch City Centre – Click to see all options

Why stay here:

  • Central location
  • Best area for sightseeing
  • Best area for business travellers
  • Shopping
  • Hotels of all kinds

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Our Top Pick

    Quest Serviced Apartments are centrally located, just a 3-minute walk from Cathedral Square. Continental breakfast and parking are available upon request. Guests received unlimited free WiFi.- from NZD 129.

  • Budget Option

    City Centre Motel offer cosy self-contained apartments with free WiFi for multiple devices. Located in the heart of Christchurch, this motel is 5 minutes’ walk from Southern Cross Hospital and 5 minutes’ drive from Hagley Park and Christchurch Botanic Gardens. – from NZD 109 .

  • Midrange Option

    Hotel 115 is located just a few steps away from Cathedral Square. Hotel 115 is a contemporary boutique hotel located in the heart of the city with chic European style. – from NZD 99 .

  • Luxury Option

    The George is centrally located in pretty Christchurch, overlooking Hagley Park and the River Avon. The George is a luxurious 5-star boutique hotel where guests enjoy free Wi-Fi. – from NZD 249 .

 

 

 

2. Riccarton

The quintessential university district of Christchurch, Riccarton is west of Hagley Park, close to the city centre.

The area was not impacted by earthquakes as severely as the CBD and has become an important shopping and nightlife hub.

Riccarton has a huge shopping centre, lots of Asian restaurants, stores, and heaps of cheap motels and cafes.

Riccarton offers some of the cheapest accommodation options in Christchurch.

The area between Riccarton and Fendalton is known as Ilam, and this is where the University of Canterbury is located.

Riccarton Christchurch

Riccarton Christchurch

Riccarton - Click to see all hotels

Riccarton – Click to see all hotels

Why stay here:

  • Close to the CBD
  • Nightlife and restaurants
  • Shopping venues
  • University of Canterbury

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Our Top Pick

    McWilliam Serviced Apartments features garden views, free WiFi and free private parking, located in Christchurch, 2.3 km from Rugby League Park.- from NZD 99.

  • Budget Option

    Aroha Riccarton Bed and Breakfast features garden views, free WiFi and free private parking, located in Christchurch, 2.9 km from Rugby League Park. – from NZD 89.

  • Midrange Option

    Annabelle Court Motel is situated in Christchurch, a short walk from Hagley Park. The motel offers comfortable rooms, free parking and free WiFi. It is only 5 minutes’ drive from the city centre. – from NZD 109 .

 

 

 

3. Merivale

A yuppie neighbourhood with a bit of a kick.

Located between Papanui and the city centre, Merivale is an attractive neighbourhood.

It also very close to the heart of Christchurch.

It offers a good number of B&Bs and lodges along the famous “Motel Mile” which runs south along Papanui Road from Merivale Mall to Bealey Avenue.

It is a safe area and a nice place to stay, and you can walk here from the city centre in about 30 minutes.

Best areas to stay in Christchurch - Merivale

Best areas to stay in Christchurch – Merivale

Merivale - Click to see all hotels

Merivale – Click to see all hotels

Why stay here:

  • Upper class neighbourhood
  • Relatively central
  • Lots of accommodation options
  • Restaurants and nightlife

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Our Top Pick

    Milano Motor Lodge is situated 15 minutes’ walk from Restart City Mall, Milano Motor Lodge offers modern accommodation set in garden surrounds.- from NZD 129.

  • Budget Option

    Diplomat Motel is just 10 minutes’ walk from St. George’s Hospital. Refurbished in Feb 2013, it self-contained accommodation with free Wi-Fi and a private patio. Free parking is available on site. – from NZD 99.

 

 

 

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