Chose Akaroa to recover from the flight out from the UK. Arrived in Christchurch at 10.00 am after the 30 plus hours of travel and transferred to Akaroa by a car hired from Omega Rentals. The trip was only 80 kms and a couple of cafe stops on route made the journey entirely tolerable.
Akaroa is a special place, with a restful atmosphere. The Criterion Motel is a quality establishment set close to the harbour shore and cwtral to all local amenities. Chose a top storey room that gave excellent views over the harbour - a little pricey, but the studio style room was sizable, well furnished, and with a great bathroom. A balcony gave the opportunity for a relaxing glass of wine at sunset. Wifi was included in the room rate (with certain usage limitations). The only negative point is a degree of noise at the rear of the property from an adjacent small supermarket - this is really not at all notceable in the room.
There are a few good restaurants close to the motel - including Vangonis, a pasta and pizza place.
Plenty of options for car trips available locally - including bays off the Summit Road.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Superb harbor views from most rooms at this 4 plus star plus motel. Rooms are spacious and comfortable. Super-king beds, private balcony. Double glazing and underfloor heating. Free WiFi each day in every room. Free car parking with ltd under cover parking also. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Akaroa Criterion Hotel Christchurch