Christchurch: where to stay and eat

We had great luck in Christchurch with comfortable accommodation and great food. We flew in and out of Christchurch so used it as a base at both the start and end of our trip.

Where to Stay in Christchurch

Salerno Motel Apartments is good value accommodation. This centrally located motel was walking distance to the botanical gardens, Hagley Park and the Re:Start Mall. We had a shower room on the ground floor during our first stay and a spa bath room on the first floor during our second stay. Both were decorated to a high standard, very clean and had all the amenities you could use. The in-room toaster, microwave and fridge allowed us to manage our jet lag effectively by cooking in room when required. Overall, it was great value for the price but it is a motel so expect to lookout over a carpark and potentially have some questionable neighbours.

Where to Eat in Christchurch

We didn’t do any “fine dining” while in Christchurch. However, we did find quite a few places that served great tasting food, substantial portions and pleasant service.

Container Thai

Container Thai is located two blocks from Salerno Motel Apartments which made it our number one place to eat. Also, the food was fantastic which is why it is currently number 2 on TripAdvisor’s list of places to eat in Christchurch. Very good Thai and they will adjust the spice for you. They have numerous picnic tables outside for al fresco dining. I recommend the Basil Chicken and the Pad See Eiw along with the fresh spring rolls.

The Coffee House

The Coffee House is located a couple of blocks from the Botanical Gardens. A perfect morning is to breakfast at the coffee house and then walk the glorious gardens. By 10 AM, you will feel like all is right in the world! Not only does the Coffee House roast and grind their own beans on site, their breakfasts are delicious. We (unfortunately) didn’t try them for other times of day but their full menu is available here. Everything on the menu was tops and you can get a muffin for takeaway for elevenses. The staff here are amazingly friendly. We stopped in here on New Year’s Day and they were chipper even at 0830 in the morning.


Hagley Park, Christchurch

Hagley Park, Christchurch

This guest post is from a professional couple in their late 30s who were inspired by Sandal Road to take their own trip to New Zealand. In their sixth post on Sandal Road, they are giving some great tips on where to stay in Christchurch.

Christina Hegele

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