Posted: 2/10/24 | February 10th, 2024
The second-largest city in New Zealand (and the largest on the South Island), Christchurch is filled with cool markets, funky bars, and lots of new and trendy restaurants. It’s a relaxed destination perfect for a couple of days of exploring and taking in the pace of local life.
Having been severely damaged by earthquakes between 2010 and 2012, it is revitalized now. And, while there’s not a whole lot to see and do here (only 380,000 people live here after all), it’s by no means a boring destination. There’s fun nightlife, many museums, and tons of green space where you can lounge away the day or go hiking.
To help you decide where to stay in Christchurch, I’ll highlight the best neighborhoods below as well as some of my favorite hotels in each area. (That said, Christchurch is pretty compact and you can easily walk around most of it.)
Christchurch Neighborhood Overview
This is the heart of town, also known as City-Centre or the CBD. You can walk to many of the main sights from here, including the botanical gardens, the Canterbury Museum, the sprawling Hagley Park, and the historic hop-on/hop-off vintage tram. It’s also where you’ll find the most restaurants. While many of Christchurch’s main hotels and much of its shopping is here, the majority of hostels are here too, making it a fun and affordable district in which to stay.
Best places to stay in Central:
This hip suburb is where you’ll find lots of cool cafés, trendy boutiques, and chic restaurants. It’s primarily a residential area, so there aren’t many hotels here, giving the neighborhood a less bustling and more relaxed feel. It’s just a 30-minute walk to the city center though, so it’s still super easy to explore the city if you base yourself here.
Best places to stay in Merivale:
West of Hagley Park is Riccarton, a relatively quiet suburb where lots of students live (thanks to its proximity to the University of Canterbury). While it’s pretty peaceful during the day, since there are lots of students here, you’ll find plenty of bars and pubs too, making it a good base if you’re a night owl looking to bar-hop. It’s just a 10-minute drive to get downtown too, so while it does feel a bit far from it all, you’re still just a stone’s throw away from everything.
Best places to stay in Riccarton:
Cashmere, a 10-minute drive south of City-Centre, is a tranquil suburb on the north side of the Port Hills, offering stunning views over the area as well as lots of green space. Generally, it’s a cheaper area to stay in, though hotel options are limited here, so you’ll want to make sure you book early. If you want to spend the majority of your time outdoors hiking and enjoying nature, this is the neighborhood for you.
Best places to stay in Cashmere:
Christchurch is a cool small city and a must-visit stop for anyone traveling around New Zealand. It’s come a long way after the earthquake and feels reborn.
And, while the city is not huge, where you decide to stay will impact your trip. By choosing one of the neighborhoods above, you’ll be able to enjoy the best accommodation Christchurch has to offer while making the most of your stay.
Book Your Flight
Use Skyscanner to find a cheap flight. They are my favorite search engine because they search websites and airlines around the globe so you always know no stone is left unturned!
Book Your Accommodation
You can book your hostel with Hostelworld as they have the biggest inventory and best deals. If you want to stay somewhere other than a hostel, use Booking.com as they consistently return the cheapest rates for guesthouses and cheap hotels.
If you’re looking for more places to stay, here is a complete list of my favorite hostels in New Zealand.
Don’t Forget Travel Insurance
Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations. It’s comprehensive protection in case anything goes wrong. I never go on a trip without it as I’ve had to use it many times in the past. My favorite companies that offer the best service and value are:
Looking for the Best Companies to Save Money With?
Check out my resource page for the best companies to use when you travel. I list all the ones I use to save money when I’m on the road. They will save you money when you travel too.
Want More Information on New Zealand?
Be sure to visit our robust destination guide on New Zealand for even more planning tips!
The post Where to Stay in Christchurch: The Best Neighborhoods for Your Visit appeared first on Nomadic Matt's Travel Site.
By: NomadicMattTitle: Where to Stay in Christchurch: The Best Neighborhoods for Your VisitSourced From: www.nomadicmatt.com/travel-blogs/where-to-stay-christchurch/Published Date: Sat, 10 Feb 2024 07:03:17 +0000