7 Urban Hotels Worth Travelling For

A colourful bedroom inside The Intrepid Hotel in Wellington.
In the UK, the term ‘city-break’ is frequently used to describe a weekend away visiting the European city of the moment, exploring everything on offer and most often staying in boutique accommodation. Now, we may be thousands of miles away from being able to achieve a casual few days in a European city, but here in New Zealand, we are spoiled for choice when it comes to urban hotels that are worth travelling around the country for.

Eliza's Manor

Bedroom at Eliza's Manor, Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

Eliza's Manor is a luxury lodge hidden in the heart of Christchurch. Providing outstanding accommodation and dining from the restaurateurs behind Miro.

He Puna Taimoana

Two friends in the sauna at He Puna Taimoana.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

Nestled beside the sandy beaches of New Brighton, you’ll find He Puna Taimoana, boasting five luxurious hot pools with jaw dropping ocean views, a plunge pool, steam...

IHF Health Club

An empty yoga studio with sunlight streaming through the windows at IHF Health Club in Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

The days of dragging yourself to the gym are long gone with IHF's fit-out and fitness options.

Movement Art Practice

Woman dancing at Movement Art Practice.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

Start the journey into contemporary dance without judgement.

Dice and Slice

Close up of a bowl of onion rings next to board game at Dice and Slice in Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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A top-notch spot for New York Style pizza, craft beer and local wine, with a hearty side of board games.

Okuti Garden

A yurt surrounded by tables and chairs at Okuti Garden in Little River.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

A garden for creating, learning, playing and celebrating. And a garden you can stay in.

Uprising

A teacher at yoga.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

A one stop shop for yoga whether you’re just starting out or have been practicing for years.

Georges Road Wines

The wine maker testing the wine at Georges Road Wines in Waipara.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

If you like great wine, stunning scenery and a quick escape from the city head to Georges Road Wines in Waipara.

O-Studio

A waiting area inside O-Studio in Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

An unique concept, O-Studio is the work of three locals with a wide array of experiences in the world of sport, meditation, yoga and well-being.

The Tack Rooms

Inside the Tack Rooms.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

In these uncertain times, The Tack Rooms is the ideal place to find a cocoon to make your own.

Tūranga

Harry Potter stairs at Turanga.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

It’s not often that grand designs are plucked from the mind’s eye and brought to life. At Tūranga they are, every day.

Riverside Market

Riverside market by the Avon
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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This unique Christchurch establishment brings fresh produce, artisan bakeries, independent food stalls, rooftop bars and restaurants, high-class retail and eclectic market stalls all under one roof.

Throw on Your Barbour, Here's 8 Things to Do in Christchurch This Winter

Photo of puffer jacket hanging up by Rick Barrett.
Have those Southerly blasts got you hunkered down? Well, it's time to grab your puffer, we've got some activities to get you out of the house this winter.

Little High Lanes

View of a laneway with buildings on both sides.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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Little High Lanes is an eclectic blend of food, fashion and industry.

Beauty at the Tannery

Looking through a window to florals and interior at Beauty at the Tannery in Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

Beauty at the Tannery specialises in all your beauty essentials. The treatment menu is overflowing with exciting options for your body and face.

Cloud9 Float Club

Open float pod at Cloud9 Float Club in Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

The home of flotation therapy in Christchurch, Cloud9 Float Club offers a truly unique experience to its growing clientele.

Christchurch Adventure Park

A woman on a zipline Adventure Park in Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

Christchurch’s innately unique Adventure Park is a tranquil escape for those seeking more than just thrills.

Where To Find The Best Architecture in Christchurch

Exterior view of The Arts Centre.
Contemporary, Modernist, Gothic Revival, Renaissance, there’s no shortage of striking architecture to see in Christchurch.

French Bay House

Bedroom at French Bay House in Akarao, Canterbury.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury Akaroa

A sprawling, idyllic guest house steeped in local history and offering genuine hospitality in the picturesque Akaroa.

Cultivate Christchurch

Man moving protective covering at Cultivate Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

Cultivate Christchurch is on a social enterprise mission to supply the city with fresh produce and help out some locals down on their luck.

SiloStay

The exterior of the silos.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

Looking for somewhere to stay in Little River? Built from tall, corrugated silos, these eco-friendly apartments are unmissable.

Christchurch Farmers Market

Flowers with the Christchurch Farmers Market in the background.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

One of the best food markets in Christchurch.

Gap Filler Dance-O-Mat

Two people dancing in white clothing at Dance-o-Mat.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

If it’s a good enough dance floor for old Prince Charles and Camilla then it’s good enough for you too.

Nicola Quinn Beauty and Day Spa

Produce being applied to a face during a facial at Nicola Quinn Beauty and Day Spa in Merivale, Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

For indulgence from your head down to your toes, pop along to this Merivale day spa.

Ōtoromiro Hotel

Veranda with seating at Ōtoromiro Hotel, Governors Bay.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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Founded in 1870, the hotel still stands in all it’s colonial beauty, featuring seven fully-renovated guest rooms some with sea views and balcony access.

Black Estate

View out of window at Black Estate, North Canterbury towards vines.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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A winery, tasting room and restaurant, Black Estate is famous not only for its organic and biodynamic wines but its refreshing approach to food.

8 Unique Date Ideas in Christchurch

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Whether you've just met on Hinge or been together longer than The Rolling Stones, here are a few ideas for date night that isn't dinner and a movie.

6 Unique Activities to Try in Christchurch

Go-karts with sails moving around a track in Christchurch.
Whether you’re looking for a unique adventure for the whole family or a little R&R, you’ll find a host of unique activities in Christchurch.

6 Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day in Christchurch

Close up of wine glasses on a table.
While Valentine's Day may be considered a polarising holiday, we’re not ones to pass up an excuse to get out into our fair city alongside someone we love.

The Neatest Campgrounds in Canterbury

A person swinging on a swing over a forested gorge.
Whether you’re a seasoned camper or are only just getting into the thought of ‘roughing it’, Canterbury is spoiled for choice with the neatest campgrounds.

11 Walks to Do in Canterbury and Where to Reward Yourself After

Tussockland walking track in Arthur's Pass with snowy mountains in the distance.
Now’s the time to get out and explore all Canterbury has to offer, both in the outdoors and the towns that make this region so special.

Explore New Zealand's most beautiful street

People sitting around down New Regent Street.
A stroll down colourful, pedestrianised New Regent Street in Christchurch will instantly transport you to a bygone era.