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Reviewed 30 January 2008

The problems started when we first arrived in Christchurch at about 2am in the morning, and called the motel to get our free transfer. After 2 calls and about a 40 minute wait, the driver finally showed up, just as we were about to accept a lift to a different motel! The motel was only 5 minutes away, and despite the late hour, we were promised a transfer no matter what time we arrived.

When we finally arrived at the motel we found that we would be spending the first night of our honeymoon crammed into a rickety double bed (the website promised queen). When I awoke in the morning I discovered that my new husband had spent the night sleeping on the sofa bed!

Aside from the bed, the executive spa bath studio we were in was clean and had everything we needed, however everything was looking pretty run down. The owners were fairly friendly, and were nice enough to give us a late check out and free breakfast since we had waited so long at the airport.

We won't be staying again on our next trip to New Zealand.

  • Stayed: October 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 January 2008

I booked my stay through wotif for just about AU$100 and I must admit it was money well spent. The host is really friendly and came to pick us up at the airport at midnight and was kind enough to arrange taxi and other stuff early in the morning for us.
Both room and bathroom were very clean and comfortable. Although we spent only few hours there, I will certainly stay here again.
Tip: the store at the gas station is open 24/7, good for night snacks and stuff.

  • Stayed: December 2007, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 December 2007

The earlier reviews of this property were good so we were pretty confident things would go smoothly. The owners, Rod and Chris bill themselves as the friendly motel and they did not disappoint. Within 10 minutes of placing the free call from the Christchurch airport accommodations board a cheery Chris arrived driving the Airways motel shuttle. 10 minutes later we were settling in to our studio unit, #17.

The room was sparkling clean and came supplied with a toaster, microwave, electric kettle and dishes sufficient to fix a couple of light meals. Each room has an ingenious key holder that turns the power on in the room when the key is inserted. Leave with the key and the power is switched off. You won’t worry about leaving toast burning or your delicates crisping on the towel warmer.

There isn’t much to do in the immediate vicinity (walking distance) but Rod will help you out be recommending things to see and do in Christchurch and even arrange shuttles to the Antarctic center or the local pub.

We planned two nights at the Airways motel. One night on arrival and one at the conclusion of our 2 week campervan tour of the South Island. Rod says 90% of their guests arriving to start a tour of New Zealand come back to stay before departing. Upon our return we were upgraded to room #11, a one bedroom. There were just two of us but it was spacious enough for a family of 4 if you arrange for the fold out cot. The kitchen also had a range top and toaster oven and a dining area.

We were a little concerned about getting out to the airport early on Christmas day but as Rod said “no worries”. At 4:30am on Christmas morning a taxi was waiting to take us and two other guests to the airport for the early flight. Rod had prepaid the fare. We wish Rod and Chris a happy Christmas and promise to be back. No worries!

  • Stayed: December 2007, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 August 2007

Arrived late and Rod (the Owner) was willing to pick us up at midnight. He showed a no hassles approach and even warms the room up before you get there. The motel is very clean and close to the airport. I would stay there again in a heart beat.. a 10 plus motel..

  • Stayed: August 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 April 2007

The room was very comfortable and clean. It was only a few minutes to the airport and Rod gladly took us at 5:00am to the airport. He also helped us with phone calls concerning our rental car. Grocery shopping was also very close.

  • Stayed: March 2007, travelled as a couple
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