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Tower Junction Motor Lodge
4.0 of 5 Motel   |   112 Blenheim Road | Riccarton, Christchurch 8041, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #35 of 137 Hotels in Christchurch
Cyprus
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Excellent gateway stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

This Motel is new or newly renovated, in a nice location close to shopping malls and the kiwirail station for Coastal Pacific or Trans Alpine. The lady owning the place offered to drive us to the station and in general the people there were very friendly and ready to help us. The only minus is the lack of WiFi internet. We stayed for one night when arrived with Coastal Pacific and then depart with Trans Alpine the next day.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Shanghai, China
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

My wife and I chose Christchurch for the destination of our trip. This place gave us a last night sleep in New Zealand, comfortable and warm, especially the bed. The owner and all the staff were so friendly and warm. This place gave us a perfect end for our beautiful journey.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Comox, Canada
Top Contributor
129 reviews 129 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 48 cities Reviews in 48 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013 via mobile

We booked here for the location... Taking 7am train. Station is a couple of minutes away.
We got here early and were given our room as soon as it was clean... Around noon.
Rooms are v clean, with well equipped kitchenette.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Singapore, Singapore
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10 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013 via mobile

We spent our 2nd night in New Zealand at this motel. We chose it because of it's proximity to the railway station. If you have train rides in your itinerary, I would highly recommend this place. Host, Ivana is a lovely lady. Upon arrival, we told her that we had a morning train to catch and she immediately arranged for a free shuttle for us to the station in the morning! Our room was clean, decor is modern and heaters (very impt!) were in the right places! I would definitely come back again!

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

Three of us stayed 5 nights over Easter in a 2BR apartment. The property is well-located (particularly for our purposes), and was clean and comfortable. Despite being in the front room by a main road, little traffic noise was heard. Bathroom is a decent size, well equipped and modern., in fact all rooms and the kitchenette (2 gas hobs, microwave, pots and pans, crockery and cutlery etc.) were well sized.

The property was completely renovated a few years ago, but the standout is the manager Ivana. We are not demanding guests, but I arrived this trip having left my iphone charger at home. I mentioned it to Ivana and voila!, one iphone charger for me to use for the duration of the stay.

On our previous stay a few years ago we flew into CHC late and arrived at the property towards midnight. None of this 'key under the mat' business, Ivana was waiting up to check us in.

A couple of points which may be negatives for some people but did not bother us).

1) We were in the room for the first two day when it was serviced and the sheets were not changed (not in there the other days so unsure about them). Not unusual for motels in NZ and was not a concern to us for the short stay we had, but if it is to you, check before you book.

2) It appears only wired internet is available which again was not an issue to us, but may bother ipad users. Again, check directly before you book.

I would happily stay here again, and my ratings are in the context of it being a motel.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Timaru, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

We stayed 2 nights organised, attending the Glenn Frey concert only a short 10 minute walk to the CBS Canterbury Arena.
The accommodation was excellent, roomy, quiet and extremely comfortable. Fully self contained and close to the city centre. The owners were extremely obliging and I would stay there again.
Overall excellent value for money.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Reading, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

Stayed just one night, place chosen to be convenient for the early morning Picton train, which it was.

Arrived about 1pm, and asked about touring the earthquake-hit red zone in the centre of town. The lady owner could not have been more helpful. She phoned immediately, got me on the last tour of the day and even got her son to give me a lift there! And then the next morning was up at the crack of dawn to make sure we got our transfer to the station.

Moreover the apartment room was very well appointed, providing scope to cook if you were so inclined, and also providing plenty of tea/coffee options, plus free milk of a type you choose on arrival. No wifi but cable internet worked very well. Room was spotless and the bed very comfortable.

My only issues were unrelated to the accommodation. Someone tried to run me over on a pedestrian crossing (deliberately) nearby, so beware, and the maps that you get from the tourist office show roads that don't exist, which means they are no good for navigating around the train station.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Tower Junction Motor Lodge

Address: 112 Blenheim Road | Riccarton, Christchurch 8041, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
Amenities:
Casino and Gambling Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #35 of 137 Hotels in Christchurch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Tower Junction Motor Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We offer the perfect blend of style and comfort. Close to the City Centre, entertainment centres, retail shops and restaurants, Hagley Park and Christchurch's main railway terminal, most of which are within easy walking distance. We are a self-rated four star plus motel. Our accommodation is excellent without being overstated. We have included every convenience such as cooking facilites, entertainment and internet acess and go that extra step to assist with extraordinary guest requirements ... more   less 
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