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Arena Motel
Ranked #33 of 146 Hotels in Christchurch
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 29 March 2014

we arrived in late on a Sunday night and we were still greeted by Patrick and shown to our room. This motel was suggested to us for its location, as we were travelling on the Tranzalpine in a few days. I would recommend this motel for its location to the railway station, it's cheery motelliers, clean and comfortable rooms, ability to prepare your own meals, and its shuttle to the railway station.

Room Tip: any room is great here
  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 March 2014

Booked Arena because of the location and our late arrival at Christchurch railway station. We were picked up by a cheery Dale who was just so very helpful. Everything we needed...Clean spacious room...comfortable...good value....close to several dining options...able to fix our own Breakfast...and most of all friendly cheerful service.
This stay was so good it motivated me to make a first post to Trip advisor.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 March 2014 via mobile

I stayed at this hotel for easy access to train station in Christchurch. Such a nice place. Very friendly welcome at the motel, good laundry, large, clean and comfortable room. Best value for money of ll the accommodation I had in NZ over a 5 week period.

They have free shuttle to train station.

Also situated for access to Christchurch downtown, restaurants or supermarket should you want self catering.

Stayed: February 2014, travelled solo
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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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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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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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Reviewed 4 December 2013

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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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: £67 - £109 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Arena Motel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 10
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