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Christchurch, on the east coast of New Zealand‘s South Island, is home to more than just heritage buildings and trams. Much if it was rebuilt after the 2010 earthquake, including innovative shipping-container malls and the cardboard cathedral. Stay in one of these top hotels to discover the Garden City’s treasures.
Run by a local couple in the suburb of Fendalton, the Establishment has an intimate feel, with only three guest suites: the Hinau, Puriri and Totara, each comprising a king-size bed, walk-in shower and writing desk with Italian fabrics throughout. Because of its compact size, the hotel feels like a private residence, with a welcoming lounge complete with a fireplace, and an outdoor deck for dining. Luxury touches include valet parking, and a crêpe menu with your complimentary breakfast.
If you’re looking for self-catering accommodation in central Christchurch, Bellano Motel Suites fits the bill. These studios and one-bed suites have ample kitchen facilities and modern furnishings. Picture chic leather sofa, flatscreen TV and, in the most lavish apartments, a spa bath. The motel has parking and is just a two-minute walk from Victoria Street and five minutes from Hagley Park.
The Mediterranean-themed Fino Hotel and Suites offers fully equipped units with kitchens, lounges and balconies with views over the central business district, so it’s ideal if you’re looking for an extend stay in the city. The most impressive two-bed penthouses, on the seventh floor, come with large L-shaped sofas and furnished terraces. If it’s just a room you’re after, the Fino also has hotel rooms, a pet-friendly suite and its own restaurant.
Less than 10 minutes from Christchurch airport, Peppers Clearwater Resort is set in landscaped grounds overlooking Lake Kaikainui, giving it an urban-escape feel. Choose from Quay rooms and Lakeside Villas for your accommodation; plus there’s a golf course with views over the Southern Alps and two tennis courts for sporty types. The on-site, award-winning Lakes Restaurant serves a gourmet menu with regional treats such as Akaroa salmon and Silver Fern Farm steak, accompanied by an unsurprisingly extensive New Zealand wine list.