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Christchurch is definitely open for business! Now in recovery mode from the earthquakes there is plenty to see and do, and so far as accommodation in concerned, it is only a few of the central city hotels that remain closed.
So, come and enjoy the parks and gardens for which the city is renowned.
In fact, some of the recovery initiatives, such as the fascinating “Pop up mall” and the “Cardboard Cathedral” in the central city are attractions in themselves and well worth visiting.
Be sure to put a visit to the Antarctic Centre on your list of “must do’s”. For a superb experience and stunning view of the Southern Alps, take an early morning hot air balloon trip.
Christchurch is the starting point for the famed Trans Alpine train excursion. It is also home to two significant wildlife reserves, at Orana Park and Willowbank.
Notable golf courses abound and Banks Peninsular will captivate you too. In fact you might want to overnight in picturesque Akaroa with its fine cafes, restaurants and dolphin experience trips.
Prices from $250 to $275 per couple
13 Aylmers Valley Road, Akaroa, 7520
Treat yourself to Akaroa Apartment - offering luxury self contained private accommodation, all on one level (upstairs). Great sun aspect - fabulous views - quiet location.
Architecturally designed with lounge, kitchen/dining area and in- built laundry. Spacious Queen bedroom. Full bathroom - Shower and separate bath. Microwave, twin gas hob and BBQ on the deck.
A self-catering holiday in a gorgeous location - easy stroll to the village. Enjoy a self contained holiday including washing machine, dryer, dishwasher, microwave & dishdrawer for your convenience. TV and free wi-fi. Easy stroll to Akaroa's terrific array of restaurants and cafes
Prices from $200 to $380 per couple
109 Kinloch Road, Little River 7591
Koromiko House is the original farmhouse. It was built during the mid nineteenth century, but has been completely modernised, with a new kitchen, log burner and twin bathrooms, one with claw foot bath. Its view is down Lake Forsythe (Wairewa).
The home retains much of the atmosphere that a nineteenth century farmhouse might have had, but has been completely renovated to provide every modern amenity - showers, log burner, claw foot bath, new kitchen with range, hob and dishwasher and wireless internet
Snowberry is a home in miniature. It features a loft bed, with a lounging area beneath. The bathroom and kitchen are new, containing a microwave oven, cooking utensils, toaster, kettle, etc., and an inbuilt washing machine. Heating is electric, and the queen-sized bed has an electric blanket.
Please note that the pictures of the accommodation are of Koromiko House, not Snowberry cottage.
Prices from $85 to $185 per couple
10 min from Diamond Harbour, 55 mins from Chch CBD, 1.15 from Chch Airport
Keirangi (Camp Bay), located in Lyttelton Harbour is steeped in history
...its loaded with tales of french occupation, Maori vegetable gardens and brutal conditions of early European settlement.
The farm is 306 hectares, ranges from mainly steep tussock covered native pastures, thick with over-sown clovers to flat hilltops and rolling home paddocks. We have two humble historic huts to stay in. The Fisherman's Hut and Little Port Cooper School House.
The Fishermans Hut - was built during the depression in the early 1930's, clad in old pressed out Kerosene cans and restored for families wanting to quickly escape.
Set right on the rocky coastline, feel isolated and off the grid and take in the sea air, yet only 45mins from Christchurch CBD. Relax, explore the rocky shores, fish and visit the beaches close by, maybe even spot a few dolphins if you are lucky. Hike the Old Pak Track to Little Port Cooper and enjoy the serenity.
The Little Port Cooper School House - This is our remote farm hut.
Very historic building, built in 1883.
Basic & naked tramping & camping hut. Enjoy the remoteness, the fishing, trekking, diving, relaxation, the safe sandy beach, native bush, holding paddocks and trough for horses, sea kayaking and so much more! Start with a 1.5hr - 2.5hr tramp over to Little Port Cooper from the Keirangi Homestead, then enjoy a dip in the Bay and the humble historic stay in the Ole School house.