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Where to stay in Christchurch

Wondering where to stay in Christchurch? Since the 2011 earthquake, accommodation options have changed greatly in the city centre. However, expand the surrounding inner-city suburbs offer a plethora of options, and thanks to the compact nature of the city, you’ll still be close enough to all of the action. From Phillipstown to New Brighton, there’s accommodation in Christchurch to suit any taste or budget. The perfect location really depends on your personal preferences and which sites you’d like to have the easiest access to.

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Cathedral at dusk with street lighting in Christchurch
  • Downtown Christchurch

    Staying in the CBD remains one of the best ways to stay central and see everything you want to see while on tour. The CBD puts you close to historical sites, galleries and fabulous restaurants as well as the centre of the city's public transport network. Expect well-known, affordable hotel chains sitting side by side with more luxurious hotels in the city's historical buildings.

  • Sumner

    A coastal suburb out of the city, Sumner is a quiet, low-key place to stay. Overlooking the sea and right next to the sizeable Godley Head Park and nature spot, Sumner is one of the best areas to stay in Christchurch if you're looking for somewhere to simply relax and explore at your own pace.

  • Lyttelton Harbour

    Around a 20-minute drive from Christchurch is the portside suburb of Lyttleton in Christchurch's south. It's the perfect place to stay if you love to be by the sea and value marine history, nature, and a great cup of coffee. Picturesque water views and some truly historic hotels make for a unique home away from home. It's also close to the beautiful Mount Pleasant Scenic Reserve.

  • Akaroa Village

    Escape the city completely and instead go penguin-spotting when staying in Akaroa Village. About an hour south of Christchurch, this is the one-stop shop for anyone who wants to surround themselves in New Zealand's natural wonder. Adorable wildlife, friendly locals, and incredible scenery – Akaroa Village is perfect for when you really want to go beyond the city and further into the Canterbury Region.

  • Methven

    West of Christchurch, Methven is a picturesque country town surrounded by natural splendour. If you've come to Christchurch and the Canterbury Region for a bit of outdoor adventure then this location could give you the perfect holiday balance you're after. Enjoy fishing, golf, mountain biking and skiing if you visit in winter. It's only an hour-and-a-half drive from the waiting Christchurch city life.

Frequently asked questions

First and foremost, your sense of fun, freedom and adventure, as Christchurch is a melting pot of incredible experiences. Once you’ve locked in your travel dates, be sure to pack clothing suitable for the season as Christchurch experiences four very distinct seasons. No matter what time of year you’re travelling, comfortable shoes are a must for exploring this incredible place on foot.

Nature lovers will love wandering around the city's many public gardens and parks, while the city centre offers an abundance of things to see and do, including the stunning Christchurch Cathedral or taking a punt ride along the Avon River. The local hospitality scene in Christchurch is thriving, offering visitors endless opportunities for sipping and snacking. Christchurch is also the ideal launch pad for South Island exploration, with the Banks Peninsula, the stunning Southern Alps and Canterbury Plains all within reach.

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If your ideal travel itinerary involves sun, sand and water, summer (December to February) is a dream. Autumn (March to May) and spring (September to November) are ideal for outdoor adventures such as hiking and biking, meanwhile, winter (June to August) is perfect for hitting the slopes and whale watching. It all depends on what your dream holiday in Christchurch looks like.

Eat, explore and eat some more. Christchurch is a dream for foodies as well as city-dwellers who are happy to wander at leisure popping into boutiques that catch their interest, admiring street art and spending days by the Avon River. Christchurch also serves as the ideal home base for exploring the rest of the South Island, whether your ideal holiday activity is mountain biking through scenic terrain, sinking into hot springs or sipping your way through the Waipara Valley wine region.

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