Christchurch

Christchurch or ‘the Garden City’ Christchurch is the hub of the South Island of New Zealand. Motels near Christchurch, It is the largest of all the South Island cities and is situated at the confluence of the Heathcote and Avon rivers with a backdrop of the port hills.

Chardonnay Motor Lodge accommodation Christchurch is close to the exclusive Peppers Clearwater Resort & Golf Club and premier golf courses – Russley and Harewood.

Just a short stroll away from Chardonnay Motor Lodge accommodation Christchurch is the Groynes recreational area, with walks, lake, picnic areas and playgrounds.

Surrounding the city there are a multitude of activities for all walks of life. Including golf courses and driving ranges, tennis courts, wild life parks, walking tracks, cycle tracks, wind surfing, boating and much more. Compare to other motels near Christchurch, this is the best, specious and Eco friendly motel.

During the winter take advantage of the great ski fields within 1-2 hours drive including Mount Hut, Craigieburn and Porter Heights.

Other attractions include:

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The International Antarctic Centre

8 minutes drive from Chardonnay Motor Lodge is an exhilarating, interactive experience inside the chilling atmosphere and environment of Antarctica close to Christchurch airport. You can go through this gallery
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Orana Park

Orana Wildlife Park is the largest wildlife and conservation centre in New Zealand and has an open range zoo. The 80 hectare wildlife Park is located 10 minutes drive from Chardonnay Motor Lodge.
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Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

A uniquely Kiwi wildlife educational attraction 5 minutes from Chardonnay Motor Lodge accommodation Christchurch.
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Supermarkets

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Shopping Malls

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Day Trips

Akaroa

  • Cafés

  • Harbour cruises

  • Swim with dolphins

Hanmer Springs

  • Bush walks

  • Mountain biking

  • Bungy jumping

  • Thermal pools

Kaikoura

  • Whale watching

3 DAY ITINERARY

Day 1

International Antarctic Centre

Day 2

Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

Day 3

International Antarctic Centre

On 22nd February 2011 at 12.51pm, the city of Christchurch was torn apart and changed forever by a violent 6.3 magnitude earthquake. It followed a 7.1 magnitude earthquake on September 4th, 2010

Two more significant earthquakes followed on June the 13th and December 23rd, both of magnitude 6.0.

By mid-2012, most of the damaged buildings of Christchurch and Lyttelton had been demolished. The city has commenced a reconstruction and rebuilding on a scale unprecedented in New Zealand history. 30,000 workers from all parts of the globe are estimated to be here for the rebuild by 2013.

After 12,000 aftershocks over a period of two years, seismic activity in Christchurch is declining.

Lonely Planet has described Christchurch as “re-emerging as one of New Zealand’s most exciting cities”. In the CBD, the RE: Start development features almost 30 retailers in colourful shipping containers on Cashel Mall.

Shipping containers have become the new symbol for the city. Many damaged and demolished businesses have now re-emerged in funky shipping containers whether they be bars, cafes, retail shops or makeshift braces for older damaged buildings.

The city has changed with a new focus on the suburbs. Addington on the edge of the CDB is Christchurch’s new most dynamic neighbourhood. Riccarton has become a lively venue for bars and restaurants. In fact, many pre-earthquake restaurants have moved to the suburbs.

A lot of Hotels, Motels and Hostels are still operating. Head out of Christchurch and there are only a few reminders of the earthquake damage; bumpy roads and cracked fences, older buildings with cracks.