This is an older type motel but very clean. This would suit a family on a budget. I stayed in a unit with a spacious bathroom and kitchennette. Main room: one double and one single bed, sofa, table with four chairs, T.V. and DVD player. Bathroom: shower, basin and separate toilet. Kitchen: good size fridge, microwave, kettle etc. with back door leading out to an area with a washing line.
The bus stops are very close for both ways. Merivale Mall within walking distance - here you will find a Fresh Choice and the Traiteur European Butchery (great prepared meals and deli choices).
I made use of the bus a lot and took easy trips to the City and to Northland Mall and back.
Tip: if you are going to use the bus quite a bit in Christchurch invest in a Metro Card. Cost $10. to purchase the card (once off) but you pay only $2.30 per trip vs $3.20 per trip if you pay cash. (Children half the price). Metrocard gives you unlimited free transfers within two hours of your first trip. If you use your card twice a day on weekdays you'll receive your weekend bus travel free, within the same zone.
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