The largest city on New Zealand’s South Island centres on Cathedral Square and its earthquake-damaged Anglican cathedral. The Avon River winds through town in a picturesque greenbelt of tranquility. It’s here that you’ll find many of Christchurch’s hotels, a good proportion of which are new, fresh and funky. Having either opened or re-opened post the 2011 quake, they reflect the spirit of revitalisation and progress that permeates the city.
Stay central to explore the amazing re-establishment projects, cutting-edge arts and lively social scene. Or stay port-side at Lyttelton Harbour to experience a genteel lifestyle in an area of exquisite gardens and sparkling coastal vistas, or head to Akaroa village, with its delightful French influences, beautiful produce and creative spirit.
Methven on the edge of the Canterbury Plains is 100 kilometres and an hour away by car. It’s especially popular during ski season for easy access to the Mount Hutt ski field. Or head up the coast to Kaikoura, where the mountains famously meet the sea to create a place of rare beauty.
Our top picks
50 Park Terrace
Overlooking the Avon River and Hagley Park, this stylish boutique hotel spoils with sumptuous guest rooms and suites, all with Jacuzzi tubs and fluffy robes, two award-winning restaurants and impeccable, personalised service.
Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch
166 Gloucester Street
Chic and contemporary, this hotel enjoys a central location within metres of historical New Regent Street, and offers a relaxed cafe and bar, and stylish rooms with uninterrupted views of the city or Southern Alps.
Peppers Clearwater Resort
Clearwater Avenue, Harewood
This waterfront resort 15 minutes from the city is surrounded by lakes, waterways and stunning alpine views. Accommodation is luxurious and ranges from exquisite rooms to sprawling villas and leisure pursuits include golf, fly-fishing, tennis and cycling.
52 Cathedral Square
Ideally located in the historic heart of Christchurch, this modern hotel features spacious rooms with city views, a fitness centre, inviting lounge bar and contemporary restaurant serving local favourites.
107 Hereford Street
This contemporary hotel, sitting adjacent to the funky Re:START Mall, offers comfortable accommodation, an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet and easy access to the city’s many attractions.
Overlooking the picturesque Hagley Park and River Avon, this boutique hotel is renowned for impeccable service and boasts two award-winning restaurants and elegant rooms featuring custom-made furnishings, plush bedding and heated bathroom floors.