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Chardonnay Motor Lodge
Ranked #94 of 146 Hotels in Christchurch
Reviewed 26 January 2012

Excellent place to stay - {stayed in 3 bedroom townhouse for 3 nights} Exceptional gardens for kids to play in - love the grass!!! Trampoline for the kids & bikes for all - outstanding rides through 'The Groynes' - we rode every evening. No road noise although the townhouse is away from the main road. Very easy to find when driving from the airport - actually thought it would be further away. Close to shops & huge shopping mall - Northlands. Had great discounted meal at Harrington's {HUGE serves} as we were staying at this Motor Lodge.
Very friendly owners , happy to help with anything - have heaps of DVDs & info about Christchurch, international phone calls very reasonable from phone in townhouse. Had quite a few tremors while there but nothing too scary - kids actually 'enjoyed' this experience!!! Very sad to leave would definitely stay here again. Other highlights - Akaroa, Antarctic Centre, Governor's Bay & The Pier. I would urge EVERYONE to go Christchurch & support the recovery of this amazing place with beautiful people.

Room Tip: Only stayed in 3 bedroom townhouse but imagine this would be quieter than other room - although the...
  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 December 2011

Chardonnay Motel lodge is conveniently placed for people with their own transport, not far from the airport but also "far enough" (?? 6 to 8 km's ?? so there is NO aircraft noise... plus there is a free airport shuttle available in need), and just off the main "through-route" for travellers. There is a lovely restaurant immediately adjacent which we used for a family dinner (charming hostess and staff, good for a lunch or dinner), also a lovely HUGE park area (for the energetic, bikes are available for a ride), and major shops are approx. 2 km's away. This facility has (so far) been safe from any effects of the earthquakes. The rooms are spacious and well equipped. The Hostess is most charming and very helpful. For those who are very sensitive to noise, request the rooms away from the road- these look out onto lovely open lawns and gardens (with the park a bit further on). There is a range of accommodation to suit different size 'families'. We will certainly use this lodge next time round!

Room Tip: Less noise-tolerant? = ask for a garden-facing room.
  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 July 2011

This is a perfect place to stay in Christchurch. Close to airport and has free shuttle service. Also right on the city bypass, so couldn't be more convenient if you are driving from/to either direction. Rural atmosphere close to city amenities. Wonderful friendly service, can't do enough for you. The rooms and facilities are spacious and extremely comfortable. We stay there everytime we are in Christchurch now, have stayed at least 3 or 4 times in the past year.

Room Tip: all rooms are excellent
  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 June 2011

Warm welcome, excellent accommodation, efficient heating, well equiped kitchen, beautiful gardens and grounds. New but faulty electric bed blanket replaced within 12hours. Excellent value breakfast delivered to room. Recommended for all: Families, couples, groups (sleep up to 9 in one large multiroom unit) or singles.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 May 2011

Beautiful location, good spacious rooms, great hostess.
Was last minute booking as our previous hotel was in the quake affected CBD.
Thought it would be close to the airport as advertised, but its actually not that close. No eateries around. Our shuttle driver who picked us up from the railway station after we disembarked from the transalpine was kind enough to take us to the nearest burger king.
But a very comfy place to stay in.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled with family
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Donladson, Owner at Chardonnay Motor Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 19 May 2011

Firstly, many thanks for taking the time to review our property. It is always pleasing to receive feedback from our guests.
We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Chardonnay Motor Lodge and hope you return soon.
Regarding our location - on all of our advertising we state that we are located 8km from the airport. We and most of our guests consider this "close", but I accept this is subjective. We are in a semi-rural location and believe this is part of our attraction, however we do recommend that guests have their own transport, as restaurants are about 3km from us. Many guests are happy to walk, but I am happy to provide transport to the various restaurants in the area if required.
Kind regards, Terry

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Address: 170 Johns Road, Christchurch 8051, New Zealand
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Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Wheelchair access
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Ranked #94 of 146 Hotels in Christchurch
Price Range: $85 - $155 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Chardonnay Motor Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
4 star modern complex set in spacious grounds with large lawns & gardens on SH1. .Just 8 minutes from Christchurch Airport and 20 minutes from central city. . 8 minutes from International Antarctica Centre •A few minutes drive from Willowbank Wildlife Reserve •McLeans Island & Orana Park nearby •Adjacent to Rosebank Winery (Functions, Weddings and Conferences) •Next to Groynes recreational reserve - a 10 hectare park with childrens playgrounds, walkways, dog park and lakes •Closest motel to Clearwater Golf Resort •Close to Harewood Crematorium •Close to car and campervan rentals •5 minutes drive from local restaurants, supermarkets, fuel station and takeaways (Pizza and Indian deliveries available to motel) ... more   less 
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