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“Fantastic airport motel”
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Airways Motel
Ranked #13 of 145 Hotels in Christchurch
Certificate of Excellence
Melbourne, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
72 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Fantastic airport motel”
Reviewed 18 April 2008

This hotel is an airport motel and is therefore not well placed for a stay in Christchurch but is perfect for anyone with an early or late flight.
I arrived at the train station and was met and transferred to the motel. I then had to leave at 5am and was again taken to the hotel by the shuttle. The shuttle itself would have almost paid for the hotel had I done it by taxi.
The rooms are basic, clean and comfortable.

They had a folder of information which included some home delivery menus which was perfect as I got to the motel at 9pm and was starving!

  • Liked — proximity to airport and free transfers
  • Stayed September 2007, travelled solo
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3 Thank emcde
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Ottumwa, Iowa
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2008

Excellent motel with great service. They allowed storing a suitcase at their motel for two weeks while traveling, without any hassles.

  • Stayed February 2008, travelled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
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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1 Thank carousel266
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Level 6 Contributor
75 reviews
65 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
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.

  • Liked — Value
  • Disliked — Slippery stairs
  • Stayed December 2007, travelled with family
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Thank Luca G
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Waikiki
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
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!

  • Liked — Location and service made the start and finish of our NZ trip very easy
  • Disliked — Not much in walking distance
  • Stayed December 2007, travelled with family
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1 Thank HawaiiCondo
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Melbourne
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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..

  • Liked — The Effort the Owner went to
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed August 2007, travelled as a couple
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Thank tr1pper
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Traverse City, MI
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
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.

  • Liked — location to airport and airport shuttle
  • Stayed March 2007, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank buoywatcher
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Property: Airways Motel
Address: 3 Dinton Street, Russley Road, 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 Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Best Value Hotel in Christchurch
#18 Family Hotel in Christchurch
#19 Business Hotel in Christchurch
#31 Romantic Hotel in Christchurch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Airways Motel 3*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Free Early Airport Drop-off starts from 3:45am (conditions apply). Long term parking $3 per day is ONLY available for guests who book accommodation via our motel direct subject to availability by arrangement (not via any agent or third-party website). When you arrive in a strange city, it's nice to know you've got friends just minutes away. Your hosts at the Airways Motel in Christchurch, pride themselves in offering friendly, personalised service and clean, comfortable, stylish motel accommodation - serviced apartments just 5 minutes from the Christchurch Airport. Whether you are bringing the kids to visit family for the week, on your way to ski fields or just in transit, at the Airways Motel we have a range of Christchurch accommodation to suit your needs and all accompanied with the warmest of welcomes. Our Christchurch motel is located on the North/South Bypass and at the West Coast cross roads,10 minutes from the city centre , 5 minutes from the Airport and is ideally situated for all travellers. With 19 modern motel units to choose from you're guaranteed a comfortable and affordable stay in Christchurch. Our special accommodation feature is a fully self-contained Townhouse with a private garden, spa bath, and full laundry facilities. Ideal for families relocating, long stay guests, larger groups, or for those who prefer extra space and the home away from home feel. When it's time to go home, remember, the Airways Motel is only 5 minutes from Christchurch international/domestic airport and provides a Free Airport Shuttle Service by pre-arrangement (7am-9pm on weekdays and 8am-9am on weekends/Public holidays). PLEASE NOTE: SHUTTLE DOES NOT OPERATE ON CHRISTMAS EVE, CHRISTMAS DAY, BOXING DAY, NEW YEARS EVE AND NEW YEARS DAY. ... more   less 
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