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“Great option for catching the morning train and exploring the Addington neighborhood”
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Arena Motel
Ranked #34 of 144 Hotels in Christchurch
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San Rafael
Level 5 Contributor
90 reviews
62 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Great option for catching the morning train and exploring the Addington neighborhood”
Reviewed 6 February 2014

We choose this hotel for its location as well as the shuttle it offered to the train as we were taking TransAlpine Scenic train to Greymouth the following
morning. When we arrived we pleasantly surprised by the warm welcome, clean and comfortable room - perfect for an overnight.
Just make sure to arrive before 7pm or so as the front desk like many other smaller hotels close around 8pm.

For dinner the host recommended that we walk a few short blocks to Lincoln Road and offered several great dining options.
The location may be considered suburb with several large throughfare roads, but rush hour did not last long before the community returned to it's quiet nature.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bengaluru, India
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26 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2014

We stayed one night before catching the Coastal Pacific early in the morning. The proximity to the station was what made us choose the Arena. The room was clean and comfortable. The owner was very friendly and helpful and was up very early in the morning to make sure the free shuttle to the station picked us up. Excellent value, overall.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Peoria, Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
179 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 December 2013

We stayed in a spacious two bedroom unit. Front desk was helpful, went so far as to carry one of our bags up the stairs. 500mb of free internet was well above average for most places we found in NZ. Excellent value at $90 after Orbitz promo applied. Very quiet, though admittedly our unit was upstairs and appeared to be about as far away from either street as possible within the building. Clean. Location wasn’t ideal for us as we were headed to the airport the next day, but could be good for those wanting something close to downtown and/or the Trans Scenic Rail tours. Tips: If arriving around 5pm, we’d suggest approaching from the north if at all possible as crossing oncoming traffic on Whiteleigh was challenging at this time of day. We enjoyed eating at Morrell & Co, which opened this year (2013) and is located just a few blocks from the hotel.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
181 reviews
69 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 December 2013 via mobile

We wanted to stay here as we were booked on Tranz Alpine next day. The Motel room was absolutely spotless, the owners were lovely, and a courtesy shuttle to train station in the morning. Fantastic value, you can't go wrong if this is the location you want.

Stayed December 2013
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Houston, Texas
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 November 2013

We stayed at the Arena for one night to catch the train to Picton the next day. The room was spacious with a comfortable bed and a desk. The kitchen was nice with a small table and chair set. The motel provided free WiFi and milk for our morning coffee. The hosts were friendly and provided free transportation to the train station. We were able to walk to nearby restaurants.

Room Tip: Our room was on the first floor in the front of the motel at the end. It was quiet and convenient.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 November 2013

We stayed in the two bedroom apartment for one night in November.
The apartment was fairly small, but fine for one night. Facilities were adequate and clean and the owners were really friendly. They picked us up from the train station and organised a taxi to the airport the next day ($25 for 3 people - bargain!).
We found the internet signal to be poor from the room, but fine if you stood outside.
The motel isn't very central, but close to an outdoor shopping center with a pub, bakery and food store.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Auckland, New Zealand
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20 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2013

The lady who helped us could not have been a better host, which helped to make our short stay in Christchurch very enjoyable. The room as very clean, comfortable and nicely decorated/furnished. Very quiet in the two bedroom unit.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Arena Motel
Address: 30 Whiteleigh Avenue, Christchurch, New Zealand
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Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#19 Family Hotel in Christchurch
#23 Romantic Hotel in Christchurch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Arena Motel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 10
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