Next January, we have one night Christchurch before departing on the 7 am train to Picton. We will arrive by plane from Australia around 5 pm. What would be the most convenient place to stay, in terms of transport from the airport on arrival and early morning access to the train? I started looking at places close enough to the train for walking, but the area doesn't look great and we would also like a long walk in the park/botanical gardens in the evening. I see some places along Dean's Ave. the park, or on Riccarton.
Would these be our best choice for location? How to we get there fro the airport, and then to the train the next morning? I tried the Top Questions above right, but that one has no information at all, and the "Arriving and Departing in Christchurch" article has broken links to a Free Shuttle and a City Flyer Airport Bus that apparently no longer exist. (They haven's been updated since the earthquake, apparently). The Red Bus site mentions an airport bus (No. 3) but does that serve Riccarton Road?
Somewhere I read of a shuttle that circulates around various hotels and then goes to the station, but I cannot find any information about it. And maybe it is from the more downtown hotels east of the park, like the George, rather than from the Riccarton Road area. I imagine we could call for an early taxi, but what does that cost?
Thanks for your help!