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Avonhead Garden Motel

Our quiet and relaxing garden motel is the perfect accommodation while visiting the “Garden City” of Christchurch. If you love a garden environment you will love Avonhead Garden Motel.

Christchurch is the largest of all the South Island cities having a population in excess of 300,000. Situated at the confluence of the Heathcote and Avon rivers with a back-drop of the port hills, Christchurch is the hub of the South Island. The visitor will immediately notice the very English style layout of the city with its central square and parallel streets running east, west, north and south. With a great number of parks and trees that are everywhere, the name the Garden City, is very apt.

Winding its way through the city is the Avon River, it gently flows as it makes its way to the sea near Sumner beach. The Avon River is a focal point for relaxation where you can enjoy an afternoon watching various wildlife, the occasional canoeist or take a trip on the very English Punts enjoying champagne & strawberries and a picnic hamper.

In Cathedral Square, you will find Buskers and street stalls. The city also boasts a fully restored Victorian electric tram. The loop that you take passes many of the sights and is well worth the time to travel back in time to the pace of yesteryear. Relax at the Art Centre and enjoy the variety of stalls and galleries.

Surrounding the city there are a multitude of activities for all walks of life. Including golf courses and driving ranges, tennis courts, wild life parks, walking tracks, cycle tracks, wind surfing, boating and much more. During the winter there are great ski fields within 1-2 hours drive, and the sea and river fishing is abundant but check to see what license you require and season regulations.

To help the visitor during their stay the city offers a variety of first class restaurants, serving a variety of dishes that will impress. There are a great number of cafe bars that will provide sustenance to the thirstiest of travellers and some of the local wines are beginning to find favour worldwide.

Day Trips

Orana Wildlife Park Feed the giraffes in tranquil, spacious surroundings
Willowbank Wildlife Reserve Observe the national icon, the Kiwi
Akaroa Take a cruise around the Banks Peninsula and spot the dolphins
Kaikoura Go whale watching
Hanmer Springs Relax in the Thermal Springs
Antarctic Centre Experience the challenging Antarctic environment