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Arena Motel

30 Whiteleigh Avenue, Christchurch 8024 New Zealand
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#17 of 97 motels in Christchurch
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Looking for a place to stay in Christchurch? Then look no further than Arena Motel, a family-friendly motel that brings the best of Christchurch to your doorstep.

Rooms at Arena Motel offer a flat screen TV, a kitchenette, and air conditioning providing exceptional comfort and convenience, and guests can go online with free wifi.

Newspaper, express check-in and check-out, and baggage storage are some of the conveniences offered at this motel. If you are driving to Arena Motel, free parking is available.

While staying at Arena Motel, visitors can check out Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial (1.4 mi) and Mona Vale (1.6 mi), some of Christchurch's top attractions.

If you’re looking for an Italian restaurant, consider a visit to Francesca's Italian Kitchen, Cafe Valentino, or Tutto Bene Restaurant Pizzeria, which are all conveniently located a short distance from Arena Motel.

Christchurch is also known for some great parks, including Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Hagley Park, and Riccarton House & Bush, which are not too far from Arena Motel.

We’re sure you’ll enjoy your stay at Arena Motel as you experience everything Christchurch has to offer.

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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast in the room
Free shuttle or taxi services
Baggage storage
Newspaper
Express check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Parking
Wifi
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Shuttle bus service
Taxi service
Non-smoking hotel
Self-serve laundry
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Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Safe
Seating area
Coffee / tea maker
Kitchenette
Flatscreen TV
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Telephone
Iron
Microwave
Refrigerator
Kitchenware
Hair dryer
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Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Business
Modern
Languages Spoken
English
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Badgergate wrote a review Feb 2024
12 contributions3 helpful votes
Wasn’t too sure about this place given the recent reviews. It’s great for an overnighter before the Tranz-alpine train. OK, the room was tired, but it was quiet and clean, the shuttle was bang on time, the air-con was good, and there was a good pub a short walk away for beer and dinner. Don’t book it for a 2 week honeymoon, but it’s just the ticket for the station and train journeys, and handy too for the botanic gardens
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Date of stay: February 2024
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He M wrote a review Jan 2024
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Clean but looking tired. Milk not in fridge but promised later, however it never arrived. Only one wine glass, almost no dish washing detergent. One light globe not working. Office rarely attended. Chose the motel as it offered to drop off and pick up for TranzAlpine train. The details of our train journeys were recorded, however the driver never arrived to take us to the station and no one was there to pick us up on our return. Very disappointing and could not recommend if you need a lift to or from the station.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Michael R wrote a review Jan 2024
Hove, United Kingdom21 contributions
It’s near the train station with an exceptional free transfer service with an exceptionally helpful driver. This is about the only really positive thing I can say about this Motel. For some bizarre reason, before we arrived, I was offered an upgrade to a larger bedroom which I opted for, even though I had advised the motel on initial booking that my wife was disabled. This upgraded room was up a flight of stairs and was so ‘dated’ that it sadly looked like it had had no attention for at least 30-years. The decor was dreadful, the room dreary and upsetting and totally cramped. The small double bed was relatively comfortable as was the single bed. I noted there were (what appeared to be) Access rooms on the ground floor. Therefore, I take it that the company would prefer to take money and greatly inconvenience guests rather than think positively. I know not all disabilities are visible; however, a couple in the Access room were on our train and the room would have been much better suited for my physical mobility disabled wife. It was undoubtedly the worst accommodation by far amongst the 12 different hotels/motels we stay on our trip.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Room Tip: Unless you need easy access to the train station, think again
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Compass47653434829 wrote a review Jan 2024
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Everything about this motel was terrible. We had organised a complimentary shuttle from the railway station on our arrival at Christchurch railway station. This did not turn up. So things did not get off to a good start. We originally booked for 4 nights but due to our whale watch trip being canceled due to bad weather we had to rearrange the date for the whale watch trip. This meant leaving a day early to return to Kaikoura. I informed them that we would be leaving a day early and was told that the I needed to give them 48 hours notice of a cancellation. I pointed out that I was cancelling the 4th night so it was in fact 72 hours notice. I was more or less told 'tough luck'. There was never anyone in the office if you needed anything and our room was not serviced for the three days that we stayed there. The place was generally grubby. When you could find the staff they were rude and unhelpful. I was told that the matter would be referred on to the owner's and that I would be getting a response the following week. I did not receive any feedback. It took me a week to contact anyone by telephone as I constantly got a message saying that the phone could be answered at this particular time and to leave a message. I left messages but got no answers. When they finally answered I was once again told 'tough luck'. Finally, I would say that the Motel was overpriced and I would not recommend that anyone stay there.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Don't stay there.
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Paul S wrote a review Jul 2023
New Zealand105 contributions80 helpful votes
Handy to the railway station. Staff were incredibly friendly and accommodating including a free lift to catch our train in the morning. Comfortable, budget accommodation. Definitely stay there again.
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Date of stay: June 2023
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mark s wrote a review Apr 2023
preston348 contributions21 helpful votes
The Motel is in a good location near the cricket ground and near the park , very big rooms with everything you need , good value for money , also shopping centre near and a few bars and restaurants, I would definitely stay here again , thanks.
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Date of stay: April 2023
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Danielle Pattullo wrote a review Mar 2023
Queenstown, New Zealand1 contribution
This was such a great place to stay. The hospitality was next level amazing! The lady could not have been nicer and thoughtful during our stay, even giving us a gift. The cat cuddles were an added bonus! Excellent location if you are heading to the stadium and good parking. Thanks so much for a great stay :)
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Janell C wrote a review Feb 2023
Picnic Point, Australia28 contributions11 helpful votes
This is a great motel close to the Christchurch railway station in Addington. So why am I disappointed? We have stayed here twice in the last 3 weeks and both stays were very good except the event that soured our stay. We were booked on the Coastal Pacific train which leaves at 7am. The motel offers a drop off service and we booked this for 6.15am. Unfortunately nobody picked us up so at 6.25am we had to drag our bags to the station. Luckily it is not too far and we were capable of walking the distance. It was disappointing that 2 good stays should end like that. This motel is within walking distance of a number of restaurants.
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Date of stay: February 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Christine T wrote a review Jan 2023
Auckland, New Zealand85 contributions44 helpful votes
Unfortunate start but all good after.There was a glitch in the online booking and we were not picked up from the train station.No one answered the phone so we had to walk from the train station with all our luggage.,about a kilomette.But after that all good.The staff member went out of her way to help us with our washing and gave me a lovely bottle of wine. The room was clean and tidy.
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Date of stay: December 2022
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Judy D wrote a review Jan 2023
Had a couple of nights here whilst doing the train trip - very clean and good basic facilities. Had car trouble and staff were very helpful and really nice. Both Gina and Andy went out of their way to help.
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Date of stay: December 2022
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Frequently Asked Questions about Arena Motel
Which popular attractions are close to Arena Motel?
Nearby attractions include The Court Theatre (0.4 km), AMI Stadium (0.1 km), and Addington Raceway (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Arena Motel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and laundry service.
Which room amenities are available at Arena Motel?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Arena Motel?
Guests can enjoy complimentary tea and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at Arena Motel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Arena Motel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Addington Coffee Co-op, Mosaic by Simos Deli, and The Afghan Restaurant.
Are any cleaning services offered at Arena Motel?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to Arena Motel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Riccarton House & Bush (2.0 km), Mona Vale (2.5 km), and The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora (2.2 km).
Is Arena Motel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.