Centrepoint on Colombo
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10 Best Motels in Christchurch

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Motels and Motor Lodges in Christchurch

Christchurch goes by a lot of names: “The Garden City”, “The Most English City Outside of England”, “That City with the Earthquakes”… Well, we’re calling it the “Motel City”, as the South Island city is teeming with them! If you’re looking for self-catering motel units or studios then you’re overwhelmed with choice in Christchurch. At least it makes your stay affordable, and there are a few gems worth discovering. We’ll go through some of our favourites in this list of the best motels in Christchurch.

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1. Aalton Motel

Stay in well-appointed and affordable units on the edge of the city’s famous Hagley Park. Aalton Motel’s idyllic location means that couples, friends and family can wake up and enjoy strolls through the park and the Botanic Gardens in between retreating to their own private space with kitchen facilities, an ensuite and Sky TV. Enjoy evenings in the motel’s private spa pool or scouting out the nearby award-winning cafes and restaurants.

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Aalton Motel© Aalton Motel

2. The Towers on the Park

Another excellent and unique accommodation bordering Hagley Park, The Towers on the Park is certainly unique with its castle-like architecture. Make your stay at The Towers your own by choosing one of the circular-shaped Executive Suites with a large lounge and electric bedding. The Spa Bath Suite is the perfect option for travellers looking to unwind. Alternatively, cook your own meals in the Standard Studio with a kitchenette. See more motels like this in 10 Best Romantic Accommodation in Christchurch.

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3. Southern Comfort Motel

This iconic motel, easily identified by the brass sculpture of a knight going into battle, wins the hearts of couples, business travellers and families time and time again. The Southern Comfort Motel in central Christchurch offers private self-contained accommodation with kitchen facilities. The options include affordable Studio Units or the relaxing Superior Studio Spa Unit with a corner spa bath. Find the Southern Comfort Motel located on Bealey Avenue, a short walk from the city centre.

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Southern Comfort Motel© Southern Comfort Motel

4. Centrepoint on Colombo

What we love about the Centrepoint on Colombo are the affordable room rates, central location and tranquillity. The Deluxe Studio and Mini Studio with spa baths are a no-brainer for couples, while the Standard Studio, Deluxe Studio and One-Bedroom Apartment provide a comfortable stay for busy travellers. The motel has a tranquil charm about it thanks to only two of the motel’s 12 rooms allowing children in them.

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Centrepoint on Colombo© Centrepoint on Colombo

5. Country Glen Lodge

Keeping in theme with the “most English city outside of England”, Country Glen Lodge boasts English charm and an affordable stay, especially for families. Their 2-Bedroom Family Motel Units offers ample space for groups: one room has a king bed while the other has either a queen or two singles. Either way, you’ll have your home-away-from-home experience that’s ideal and affordable for a family getaway thanks to the fully-equipped kitchen. The location is ideally centralised too, being a short walk from Hagley Park and the city centre. See more motels in Christchurch like this in 10 Best Family Accommodation in Christchurch.

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Country Glen Lodge© Country Glen Lodge

6. Airport Gateway Motor Lodge

The Airport Gateway Motor Lodge is a popular choice near Christchurch Airport and books up fast! There are two wings to the accommodation: the Economy Wing with affordable Studios, Bedrooms, One, Two or Three-bedroom Units with kitchens, and the Business Wing with more luxurious versions of these rooms. Each room at least has a TV, ensuite and free WiFi. Plus, the hotel also offers a 24-hour complimentary shuttle service to the airport, an on-site bar and restaurant, and a Late Room Service should you be getting off a midnight flight.

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Airport Gateway Motor Lodge© Airport Gateway Motor Lodge

7. Belle Bonne Motel

Another motel-style accommodation located near Christchurch Airport, Belle Bonne Motel is super popular with families. The motel has 10 units, six of which have two bedrooms sleeping up to seven people. Belle Bonne Motel allows you to save on the cost of food thanks to each unit’s fully-equipped kitchen. Other than that, the accommodation is simple yet comfortable.

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Belle Bonne Motel© Belle Bonne Motel

8. Camelot Motor Lodge

How can you not love the medieval theme of the Camelot Motor Lodge?! Camelot Motor Lodge, in Christchurch city centre, offers everything from compact Studio Rooms to a complete private Lodge with four bedrooms and two bathrooms! Whatever you choose, you’ll have access to facilities such as a kitchen, TV, swimming pool, spa pool and free in-house movies. See more self-catering accommodation like this in 10 Best Accommodation in Christchurch for Foodies.

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Camelot Motor Lodge© Camelot Motor Lodge

9. Garden City Motel

Boasting an alternative location the city in Papanui between the airport and the city, the Garden City Motel offers a great range of affordable accommodation. Choose from a basic Queen Studio, a Super King Studio, One or Two-Bedroom Units sleeping up to five with self-contained facilities. The motel has wheelchair-friendly units, pet-friendly units and more to complete your home-away-from-home experience. See more like this in 10 Best Budget Accommodation in Christchurch.

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Garden City Motel© Garden City Motel

10. Tuscana Motor Lodge

A popular option for travellers wanting to mostly make their own meals, Tuscana Motor Lodge provides excellent self-catering accommodation for solo travellers, couples and families. Stay in a Studio, 1-Bedroom Suite, 1-Bedroom Spa Suite or a 2-Bedroom Family Suite. Or make your stay more like a bed & breakfast by ordering continental breakfast. Find this motel on Bealey Avenue in the city.

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Tuscana Motor Lodge© Tuscana Motor Lodge


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in New Zealand over 10 years ago and with a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to travel New Zealand. She knows Aotearoa inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience New Zealand’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides and is the co-host of NZ Pocket Guide’s live New Zealand travel Q&As on YouTube.

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