Cathedral Square, Christchurch City

Hotels in Christchurch City, New Zealand

The largest city of South Island, Christchurch is also the oldest in New Zealand. Founded in 1856 by Anglican settlers, Christchurch naturally grew to become the most English of all New Zealand cities. It wears its heritage on its sleeves with 19th century architecture, despite the devastation of two major earthquakes that left much of it under construction.

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Christchurch has been named by Lonely Planet as one of its top 2013 destinations, despite the “pop-up” cityscape that replaced most of the buildings destroyed during the 2011 earthquake. Geographically, Christchurch is the most important hub of the Canterbury Plains which occupies most of South Island’s northeast. The Southern Alps is on the south and southwest, while New Zealand’s wildlife capital, Central Otago, is to the south. The largest wine-growing region in New Zealand is immediately to the north, putting Christchurch right at the heart of nature-loving and wine-drinking culture.

With more than 200 Christchurch hotels accommodation to choose from, you can spend the night at the heart of downtown in a backpackers or a motor lodge, or wake up to a fabulous brunch in a four-star hotel in Christchurch suburbs like Burnside or St. Albans. Book online to find where to stay in Christchurch and book the best hotel in Christchurch, motels or cheap Christchurch accommodation.

Around the Pop-Up City in the Middle of the Plains

The real draw of Christchurch is it reputation as a Garden City, perhaps because it contains the remaining patch of Canterbury Plains’ primary growth forest. The River Avon flows through the city – completing that Oxford ambience – and “punting” is a favourite pastime when the weather is good and there is not much to do. Hop on a riverboat with a uniformed boatman and watch the lush cityscape glide by.

The Strip on Oxford Terrace used to be the nightlife central of locals until the earthquakes reduced it to rubble – a similar fate that befell the English spires along Worcester Boulevard – but now many of them head to Merivale and Riccarton, the latter a go-to place for dimsum, kimchi and sushi, the former an ideal place to scout for Christchurch apartments accommodation, backpackers and motels or motor lodges.

Young and old – people and architecture – used to mingle at High Street but since the earthquake, it remains off-limits. Now, the trendy crowd shop at the appropriately named Re:START – a container cargo city of sorts – and at many suburban malls at The Palms in Shirley and Westfield Riccarton.

Christchurch is right at the edge of the Pacific, so there are plenty of beaches to escape to when the weather gets warmer. New Brighton, Sumner and Lyttelton are some of the most popular. There are plenty of cheap Christchurch accommodation on the edge of the Canterbury plains ranging from beach apartments, backpackers and B&Bs (bed and breakfasts), so there is always the option to spend the night here before moving south to Central Otago for an up close experience with the rare yellow-eyed penguins, or up north to Marlborough for a dizzying spell with its world-renowned Sauvignon Blanc.