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242 Main North Road Papanui, Christchurch 8051 New Zealand
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#43 of 159 in Christchurch
GreenLeaders Gold level
Garden City Motel offers clean, spacious and quiet units and is fondly known to many as their "home away from home", with excellent customer service being our specialty. We are proud recipients of a Green Leaders award, recognising our efforts to manage the motel with ecological sensitivity, and we have gained a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence. Last summer we won an award from the Christchurch Beautifying Association for our harmonious companion planting of herbs, flowers and vegetables. Our centrally located motel caters for all types of guests, including professionals, couples, families and sports teams. We have a Queen Studio (sleeps 1 - 2), a King Studio (sleeps 1 - 2), Super King Studios (sleeps 1 - 6) and 1 and 2 bedroom units (sleeps 1 - 5). We also have 2 wheelchair access units. All units are self contained and most have generous kitchens, with fridge/freezers, ovens and microwaves. The units have their own heatpumps/air conditioning and there is free WiFi, Sky TV and off street parking. All of our units are smoke free. Our motel is located 10 minutes from Christchurch Airport and approximately 5 minutes from Northwood Super Centre and Northlands Mall, the latter hosting Graham Condon Recreational Sports Centre and Pools and Hoyts Movie Theatre. Just around the corner is a range of superb restaurants, which includes the popular Greek restaurant Costas and Chillingworth Road Fine Dining. Our location makes us an ideal choice for those wanting easy and close access to Burwood Hospital, Bottle Lake Forest, Willowbank, Orana Park and the Antarctic Centre. There are also nine golf courses within a 5 km radius. We offer a complimentary airport shuttle (subject to availability) and there is a free shuttle to and from the newly refurbished Papanui Club. Both being Christchurch born and raised, we have extensive knowledge of the area and are more than happy to offer recommendations, based on your preferences. So if you're looking for a quiet, peaceful and happy place in which to relax, we are just what you're looking for! Members of Hospitality New Zealand and Accommodation New Zealand Some of the positive feedback from our guests includes: - our beds are some of the most comfortable in Christchurch - our units are significantly more spacious than most others in Christchurch - the units are remarkably quiet, ensuring a great night's sleep - our friendly, helpful and caring service is second to none
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Coffee shop
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Car hire
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Express check-in / check-out
Breakfast in the room
Taxi service
Convenience store
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
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Room features
Air conditioning
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Hair dryer
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Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, French, German
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hidez_12 wrote a review Oct 2021
Timaru, New Zealand259 contributions72 helpful votes
Very well priced 2 bedroomed unit that allowed pets on their own bedding. Lots of lawn area on property for dog toileting. Unit was dated but very clean and spacious and the hosts were very friendly. Location is close to Northlands mall. This will be our new chch stay!
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled
Barbara R wrote a review Feb 2020
Buffalo, United States2 contributions
Enjoyed our stay here very much! Excellent hosts. They are personable and informative. It was really easy to get to City center, we rented a car which was quite convenient. Loved visiting the botanical gardens.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled
Stuart M wrote a review Aug 2019
Eketahuna, New Zealand13 contributions
The family stayed at Garden City for approx 6 weeks as we had a child in Burwood Hospital. Maree and Stuart were very helpful while we commuted between islands. They did things like warm the room before we arrived, let us store items and gave us directions around such a flat city.
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Date of stay: May 2019
Room Tip: Rooms on top story one has to climb stairs
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Response from gcmotel, Owner at Garden City Motel
Responded 10 Aug 2019
Thank you Stuart for your review. We hope your son continues to do well in the future We look forward to having you stay next time you’re here n Christchurch. Kind regards Maree and Stewart
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JackRabbit2 wrote a review Jul 2019
Australia44 contributions36 helpful votes
Nice little hotel, we had one night here, clean rooms and friendly staff all at a good rate. We ordered in room breakfast which was hot and delicious. Location is good, but you will need to drive to get a good restaurant, all up a pleasant stay at a sensible rate
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Travelled
Suzanne S wrote a review May 2019
Alexandra, New Zealand20 contributions2 helpful votes
We needed somewhere to stay for a week or so while our dog Cooper who went through treatment at Rangiora Vet Centre. Pet-friendly was first priority. Not only did Maree and Stewart shuffle bookings to ensure an easily accessible room on the ground floor, for our whole stay, but they made us all feel welcome during what was a hard time - especially for Cooper. The motel is everything you read in the owners description, but I’ll also highlight the easy access to the Motorway (and Rangiora Vet Centre) as well as Northwood and Northland malls with New World, Countdown and any other shops you might want. Also, Costas Greek Taverna is a 10 minute walk, and the food is excellent. The setting is relaxing, with plantings in front of the rooms. Our room is spacious, and so clean, you wouldn’t know it was pet friendly. A heat pump provides cooling and heating, but wasn’t really needed during the summer. The room is so tidy, and has everything you need - and it all works! Best of all, the beds are so comfortable I tracked down the manufacturer and ordered one for my own bedroom. We book ahead to be sure to have our usual room each time we are back for follow up treatment - it’s reassuring to know our room will be there with everything we need, just as we like it. I will come back here whenever I need to stay in Christchurch.
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Date of stay: January 2019Trip type: Travelled
US$80 - US$103 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
New ZealandSouth IslandCanterbury RegionChristchurch
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Frequently Asked Questions about Garden City Motel
Which popular attractions are close to Garden City Motel?
Nearby attractions include Owen Mitchell Park (0.9 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Garden City Motel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and laundry service.
Which room amenities are available at Garden City Motel?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Garden City Motel?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Garden City Motel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Garden City Motel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Costas Taverna Greek Restaurant and Ouzo Bar, Chillingworth Road, and Cobb & Co. Papanui.
Are any cleaning services offered at Garden City Motel?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Garden City Motel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Garden City Motel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, and German.
Are there any historical sites close to Garden City Motel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Riccarton House & Bush (5.2 km), Mona Vale (4.4 km), and The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora (5.6 km).
Is Garden City Motel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.