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Where to Find Self-Contained Accommodations and Kitchen Facilities in Christchurch

Any savvy traveller knows that the best way to save money on a trip is to self-cater. Christchurch‘s accommodations know that too, with an overwhelming array of self-contained accommodations and places to stay with kitchen facilities. Whether you’re on a budget or simply want to be in charge of your own meals, this list of the best self-catering accommodations in Christchurch is sure to point you in the right direction.

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1. Southwark Hotel & Apartments

We wished we lived here. Not only are the Southwark Hotel & Apartments within walking distance of the city centre, but the studios or apartments also have everything you need for a self-contained stay in Christchurch; a kitchen, TV, lounge, free WiFi and more are included. There are rooms for couples up to groups of four. What’s more, the price is pretty darn irresistible, which is why we also feature this stay in ourĀ 12 Best Budget Accommodations in Christchurch.

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10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Christchurch© Southwark Hotel & Apartments

2. The Bealey Quarter

A great base for Christchurch city is this ultra-modern purpose-built accommodation and dining complex on Bealey Avenue. With an open courtyard kitted out with hammocks and right next door to The Bealey Ale and Steak House, there are plenty of places to relax with your group to meet like-minded travellers atĀ The Bealey Quarter. “The Lodge” part of the complex is the space for backpackers, complete with dorms and twin and double rooms with and without an ensuite. Alternatively, upgrade to a more spacious studio for a more hotel-like stay. You also have easy access to a TV lounge, a laundry room with modern machines, shared bathrooms and a well-equipped kitchen.

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10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Christchurch© The Bealey Quarter

3. Camelot Motor Lodge

Aside from a fun medieval theme, the Camelot Motor Lodge offers travellers a place to whip up their own creations in the self-contained accommodation. Camelot Motor Lodge offers everything from compact “Studio Rooms” for couples to a complete private “Lodge” with four bedrooms and two bathrooms for groups! And for those nights that you don’t feel like cooking, you only need to walk for five minutes to find an array of city centre eateries.

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Camelot Motor Lodge© Camelot Motor Lodge

4. Tuscana Motor Lodge

A popular option for those wanting to mostly make their own meals, Tuscana Motor Lodge provides excellent self-catering accommodation for solo travellers, couples and families. Make use of your kitchen facilities in the “Studios”, “1-Bedroom Suite”, “1-Bedroom Spa Suite” and “2-Bedroom Family Suite”. Otherwise, make your stay more like a bed & breakfast by ordering continental breakfast. On summer days, you can also make use of the barbecue area. See how this motel compares to many others in ourĀ 20 BEST Motels in Christchurch.

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Tuscana Motor Lodge© Tascana Motor Lodge

5. Perfect Modern Townhouse CBD Christchurch Holiday Home

For travellers craving their own space, check out this modern (and irresistibly affordable) holiday home in Christchurch city centre. Couples and even families will fit across the master bedroom and lounge with a sofa bed, complete with modern furnishings and a contemporary kitchen with a dishwasher. If you’re travelling with little ones, keep them entertained with toys and craft sets in the apartment, while there’s a pretty awesome children’s playground just down the road by the Avon River.

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10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Christchurch© Townhouse

6. Hotel Give

With the Christchurch Botanic Gardens right on its doorstep, you can hardly get more central than Hotel Give. This modernly refurbished hotel run by the YMCA not only enables you to save money while staying in Christchurch but supports the community work of the organisation. Choose from self-contained apartments, ensuite rooms, classic single and double rooms with shared bathrooms and dorm rooms. You’ll also find four lounge spaces and two fully equipped kitchens, while the hotel also shares a site with a cafe and fitness centre.

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10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Christchurch© Hotel Give

7. 53 Southern Comfort Motel

Enjoy southern hospitality, privacy and comfort at the 53 Southern Comfort Motel. The affordable motel offers private self-contained accommodation with kitchen facilities. Choose from affordable “Studio Units”, the relaxing “Superior Studio Spa Unit” or larger apartments if you’re travelling with a tribe. The motel is located on Bealey Avenue, just a short walk from the city centre.

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10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Christchurch© 53 Southern Comfort Motel

8. Tasman Holiday Parks – Christchurch

One of the best-rated holiday parks in Christchurch, Tasman Holiday Parks – Christchurch is well worth checking for availability. With a swimming pool, an epic children’s playground, a games room, pool tables and more, it’s an obvious choice for an inexpensive family getaway, while adult groups will enjoy the heated spa pool, liquor sales, bike storage and repair stations and very affordable cabins and motel. Not to mention, you have the choice of self-contained accommodation or cheap cabins with access to a communal kitchen. Find this accommodation in the Papanui suburb north of the city centre. For more family-friendly stays, check out the 10 Best Family Accommodations in Christchurch.

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10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Christchurch© Tasman Holiday Parks - Christchurch

9. Heritage Christchurch

If you were hoping for something a little more “classy”, then how about Heritage Christchurch? Set in an Italian Renaissance Palazzo-style building that first opened in 1913, the award-winning hotel is surely a special place to stay, offering suite-only accommodation with either one, two or three bedrooms. Each suite is fully self-contained and provides guests access to a wealth of luxury facilities such as a health club, a heated indoor lap pool, spa pool and sauna. What’s more, the central location makes exploring the city highlights a breeze. See more upscale stays like this in theĀ 15 Best Luxury Accommodations in Christchurch.

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10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Christchurch© Heritage Christchurch

10. Quest Cathedral Junction

Whether you’re a couple or a whole tribe, enjoy your own space at Quest Cathedral Junction. The open-plan apartments with modern decor offer large kitchens and dining areas, while some have balconies for entertaining. Although everything is here to spruce up your own meals, you are reminded that you’re on holiday with breakfast and restaurant options available. The location here is excellent being only a short walk from Cathedral Square, the Botanic Gardens and New Regent Street. What’s more, on-site parking and Sky TV are included.

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10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Christchurch© Quest Cathedral Junction

[CLOSED] Academy Motor Lodge

If you’re looking for self-catering accommodation by the Canterbury University then one of your best options is the Academy Motor Lodge. Enjoy the ease of on-site parking and your own kitchen facilities in either a studio, one or two-bedroom motel unit. The decor is a little old-school but the convenient facilities and location for those visiting the university more than make up for it.

More About Self-Catering Accommodations in Christchurch

That’s it for our list of the best self-catering accommodations in Christchurch, but it’s by no means the end of our travel tips! Get more stellar travel advice from the following guides:

Finally, if there’s anything we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in The Complete Travel Guide to Christchurch.


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About The Author

Robin C.

This article has been reviewed and approved by Robin, who is the co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. With more than 15 years of experience in the New Zealand tourism industry, Robin has co-founded three influential tourism businesses and five additional travel guides for South Pacific nations. He is an expert in New Zealand travel and has tested over 600 activities and 300+ accommodations across the country.

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