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Avonhead Garden Motel
Ranked #54 of 144 Hotels in Christchurch
Rarotonga, Cook Islands
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111 reviews
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“Fabulous stay”
Reviewed 24 May 2012

My family visited Christchurch for the UC graduation ceremony in April. We choose this motel because it is located in a quiet residential suburb, handy to the airport and main road north, but also within walking distance to my son who now lives in Avonhead. We particularly enjoyed the convenience of shopping at Countdown on Church corner without having to drive into the busyness of Riccarton for groceries and supplies.

The 1 br motel unit we occupied for 2 nights was spotlessly clean, well equiped, very quiet and the owners and staff were all extremely hospitable. The lovely motel gardens are stunning. So nice in fact that we took several photos of my son attired in his gown and mortar.

Checking in and out was straighforward. We appreciated being able to park our car under cover to avoid the dew overnight. Assistance was helpfully provided by the owners towards storage of our fridge items for a short time after we had checked out. Sally and Allan also helped us map out a suitable route to/from the CBS arena where the UC ceremonies were held. These small gestures helped us to avoid busy roads and make our appreciation of Christchurch city much more rewarding. All their sightseeing tips were very helpful. Being able to relax at the motel and to sleep soundly during our short stay was much appreciated towards our long road journey ahead.

Thank you again Sally and Allan.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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English first
Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 18 May 2012

We stayed at the Avonhead Lodge Motel in March this year for 2 weeks while our home was being repaired from earthquake damage. We stayed in one of the newly renovated2 bedroom units, was just lovely - it even had a fully fenced PRIVATE backyard, perfect for my 2 kids. The owners were very friendly, always going the extra mile for anything we requested. My kids loved playing in the playground at the back of the motel. My 3.5 year old now regularly asks when we are going to stay there again! Highly recommend this Motel for either a short or long term stay, especially given that the unit we were in had a DISHWASHER and it's own washing machine and dryer!!! Excellent!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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sally C, Owner at Avonhead Garden Motel, responded to this review, 1 June 2012
So Glad you enjoyed your stay. We have made this unit especially with people like yourselves in mind. A home away from home with everything you need, washer dryer and dishwasher as we appreciate the upheaval families like yourselves are going through, and that you need somewhere homely while EQC repairs are made.
By the way, your children are delightful!
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Darwin, Australia
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Reviewed 21 March 2012

Hi everyone, the quality and cleanliness of the rooms were just horrible, i stayed here for 3 weeks, and just couldn't bare the stains on there bedsheets and the moulds in the shower. The lady at the front counter needs to learn to serve there customers in a decent way, she needs to be a bit polite. I personally wouldnt recommend this motel to anybody.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled on business
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sally C, Owner at Avonhead Garden Motel, responded to this review, 1 June 2012
Dear potential guests, I believe this is a ficticious review written by a disgruntled local backpacker associate, because some guests have come here from his place and this is how they have described his place. Please read all our other reviews. You will read about our attention to cleanliness and excellent service. We are a Qualmark rated property , almost 4 ****
We have new carpets in 6 rooms and 42" flatscreen TVs in 6 rooms. Other rooms have 32" flatscreen. All rooms have Sky Guest Select the new 52+ sky channel system for motels. All have DVD players and access to over 100 free movies from our DVD library.
We are always adding something new and do not rest on our laurels, always ready to offer our guests something extra.
We pride ourselves on being exceptionally friendly and going out of our way to help guests. If you ring to book and we are full, we look at The Motel Association affiliate site to find some thing appropriate for you.
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Melbourne
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Reviewed 25 January 2012

We stayed with friends at the motel, occupying a number of rooms that look onto the courtyard. It was quiet despite a main road at the front of the motel (makes it easy to get to), and each room having their own little garden provided a bit more privacy from anyone out enjoying the outdoor tables in the courtyard.

The number 84 bus has a stop just outside the front door of the motel, this takes you straight into the city centre which can be very handy.

Room Tip: Rooms around the courtyard are very nice.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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brisbane
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Reviewed 20 August 2011

The staff here were wonderful, they were extremely helpful. They really look after their guests! They saved me from staying at an AWFUL backpackers - the racecourse backpackers.
The room was great!!! It was very clean, spacious and comfortable. It was warm and had a massive TV. They also supplied coffee, tea, hot chocolate and milk. The location was great, quite close to the airport and there are markets nearby every Sunday. I would stay here again for sure! Thanks!!

I would definately recommend staying here!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled solo
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Sunshine Coast
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Reviewed 4 March 2011

Sally & Allan thank you for your wonderful hospitality for letting us stay and sharing a room with others on the night of the Feb 22nd earthquake. The rooms are clean and even though we had no power, Allan dragged out the old gas BBQ and we managed to cook up a storm for the 50+ guests that you housed for the night. We are eternally grateful and would recommend your motel to anyone visiting Christchurch. We can assure you this motel is solid and withstood the initial earthquake and aftershocks. Jackie, Donald & Oliver, Sunshine Coast QLD.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled with family
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Klamath Falls, Oregon
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Reviewed 7 December 2010

We booked the 2 bedroom motel and were very pleased with the spacious , clean unit with a very well equipped kitchen. Place is cosy and has a beautiful garden.Recommended,

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with family
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Property: Avonhead Garden Motel
Address: 168 Yaldhurst Road | Avonhead, Christchurch 8042, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
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Ranked #54 of 144 Hotels in Christchurch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Avonhead Garden Motel 4*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Quiet self catering units set in a lawn and garden environment. While an established property the Units are spacious warm with lots of sun we have a ****Qualmark rating. All units have been modernised and refurbished in 2013/2014. New bathrooms in all and new kitchens in most. New furniture furnishings and beds,(new beds 2012)Unit 3. soon to be up dated! Only 6 mins to airport and 15 to city centre. Bus stop at gate. Free wifi. Free Sky 52 Channels. Free Good quality Tea's, Coffee's and Hot Choc including fresh milk upon arrival. Bathroom complete with Shampoo, Conditioner, Body wash and Make-up remover! All you need! (New owners) Amanda and Gary look forward to being your hosts. ... more   less 
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