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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.