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Quality Hotel Elms

Culinary quality: the Quality Hotel Elms holds impressive restaurant offering ‘Fig’

As the name suggests, Quality Hotel Elms at 456 Papanui Road, oozes quality. From the standard, superior and deluxe accommodation, to the smiling customer service of hotel staff, you would seldom find a better place to stay in Christchurch.

Quality Hotel Elms

However, if the idea of dining out takes your fancy, then the Elms restaurant and bar, Fig, should be your first port of call. Start by choosing from the selection of exquisite entrées like Lemon Pepper Calamari, Haloumi Grilled Tikka or a Classic Ceaser Salad.
Moving on to the mains, the Slow Braised Canterbury Lamb Shank is a treat and the Duck Leg Confit glazed in orange and thyme makes for a mouth-watering combination. A great selection of Grilled Lamb, Chicken and Angus Beef is also on offer with your choice of sauces and sides.
For dessert, having a Mocha Dark Chocolate Tart, Mango Sorbet or Butter Milk Pistachio Pannacotta, provides the perfect conclusion to your meal. Gluten Free and Vegan options are also available as is a stunning selection of the finest wines, from locally and abroad.
If your night out consists of more than your nearest and dearest, Quality Hotel Elms can also cater for functions. With four conference rooms available capable of fitting 80 to 200 people, and access to the delicious delicacies from Fig, the Elms makes for the definitive venue for your next seminar or large social event.

The Racecourse Hotel & Motor lodge

A grand establishment: The Racecourse Hotel & Motor lodge

The Racecourse Hotel & Motor lodge is a famously grand establishment that’s riding on a well-deserved resurgence.

The Racecourse Hotel & Motor lodge

Built in 1883, it was once the lively social hub and watering hole for Riccarton Racecourse races – and, still true to tradition, will be the sponsor on 11 August for the running of the 144th Racecourse Hotel and Motor lodge Grand National Steeplechase. The hotel’s popularity has continued and ongoing refurbishments are sympathetic to its classical grandeur.
The hospitable Hoofbeats restaurant sports the same DNA as the Oxford on Avon, using the original ovens, recovered post-quake, to cook the same famous roasts. Wholesome fare like Hoofbeats burgers and pork belly, match the New Zealand wine selection. The family friendly restaurant has warm décor, booth seating and a cool kids’ room attached, with movies, beanbags, desks and colouring-in pads.
The smart new Carbine Bar, with deep-button leather seating, has an original stained-glass window backlit behind the bar, making it fabulous for functions. The walls have a tribute to Carbine, the 1890 Melbourne Cup winning horse that was stabled on the property and the unsolved murder of publican Donald Fraser in 1933. His ghost is believed to reside upstairs. Walk through to the large sports bar with TAB, casino and live music.
People travelling in and out of town find the sunny motor lodge at the rear of the hotel. A one-stop-shop, the hotel even has a roast ready and the electric blanket on for regular tired travellers. This all makes up 11,000 sqm of prime Cantabrian history.
The Racecourse Hotel, 118 Racecourse Road, Sockburn, visit

Distinctive slumbers

Distinctive slumbers: thinking outside the box of a traditional hotel room

If the regional rebuild has demonstrated anything, it’s the innovation and determination of its habitants, as out of the box concepts, creations and contraptions come to life.

Distinctive slumbers
Lavericks Bay

It’s certainly evident in the range of unique accommodations in greater Canterbury. From luxury tree houses to glass pods and grain silos, this is what sweet dreams are truly made of.

Luxury treehouses: Hapuku Lodge + Tree Houses is a contemporary country hotel located on a deer breeding farm, 12 kilometres north of Kaikoura. Where else could you stay in a luxury tree hut 30-feet above the ground in the canopy of a native manuka grove?

Jail bird: Go to jail and do not pass go, just for the night with The Jailhouse. The award-winning Addington accommodation once served as an actual prison, before being refurbished and opened as accommodation more than a decade ago.

Stay in silo style: It may have once been just a humble grain silo, but some clever creators have converted this Little River marvel into innovative and stylish serviced apartments known as SiloStay.

Pod perfection: Sleep in a glass pod surrounded by nature in Kaikoura, Banks Peninsula or Waipara with PurePods. These glass eco-cabins are located in the midst of the stunning New Zealand landscape.

Timber tents: Spend the evening staring at the stars from a ‘wooden tent’ with see-through roofing at Onuku Farm Hostel that is located in a tranquil clearing amidst Kanuka trees in Banks Peninsula.

Glorious glamping: Try your hand at glamping – that’s glamourous camping – with Canopy Camping Escapes at Lavericks Bay in Banks Peninsula. Rich in history, the scenic bay is set on a 1000-hectare sheep and beef farm and its luxury tents feature woodburners, a camp kitchen and even a bathroom

Harmonious huts: Stay in a snug little dome-shaped pod in Mt Lyford with Harakeke Huts. The five-hectare private property is set at the bottom end of Mt Lyford village. You have the comfort of proper lighting and heating and each hut has its own private deck and deck chairs.

Star light, star bright: Stare at the amazing Mackenzie skies from SkyScape’s building made almost entirely of glass. This distinctive accommodation is designed to maximise the extraordinary views of the Mackenzie Country both day and night.

Downton dalliance: Why not head back in time to Downton Abbey. Otahuna Lodge is a beguiling Victorian mansion that offers its guests a unique sense of wonder and discovery. New Zealand’s largest private historic residence has been revitalised with luxury accommodation.

Clear Ridge

Matrimonial magic awaits: we look to Clear Ridge in Hanmer Springs to help plan a destination wedding that is still close to home

A wedding day stands out as being an inimitable occasion; something the happy couple and their friends and family wish they could live over and over again. It makes sense therefore, to prolong the joy for as long as possible and introduce pre and post wedding events that make this momentous occasion even more memorable.

Clear Ridge

Clear Ridge luxury accommodation in Hanmer has played spectacular host to many wedding related occasions, right from the beginning of the romantic journey – the proposal. “We take great pride in providing a beautiful backdrop for a couple as they embark on the journey of a lifetime. We have played host to all-occasions, from the initial engagement right through to the hen’s party and then the honeymoon. Our accommodation caters for everything,” Manager Rosie McFarlane says.
A stunning range of luxury suites – thirteen in total – sets the tone, with indulgent and exemplary hospitality designed to spoil guests. With the apartments located on Jacks Pass Road, guests can take advantage of all Hanmer has to offer, with the thermal pools and village only two minutes’ walk.
A Qualmark Five Star facility, Clear Ridge can cater to groups and couples as well as solo travellers. Each suite boasts a fully equipped open plan kitchen, a laundry, sitting and dining areas, plus a study and bathroom.
For more information about how the friendly team can look after you and your nearest and dearest during one of the most important times in your life, visit

The George

That something special : Weddings at The George are like a fairytale

Heading our way is the chance to view, meet, plan and book everything The George has to offer on Sunday, 29 April from 11am until 4pm.

The George

With a glass of champagne on arrival, you will be immersed in some of the finest suppliers in the wedding industry, from dresses, suits and jewellery, to flowers, cakes, shoes, accommodation options and even honeymoon travel.
The George is the convivial place for any function but excels at making that special day something to remember. Discuss your plans for the big day, leave feeling inspired and knowing that your wedding day will be relaxed and memorable and very personal – a day that is delightfully yours.
Enjoy a taste of the luxury and refinement that is The George and get ideas on just how good your special day will be. If you want to find out more, email The George is something special.

The Crowne Plaza

Jewel in the city’s ‘Crowne’: Weir Architecture’s glam transformation of a 1980’s office block into The Crowne Plaza

Transforming a 1980’s office block into a code-compliant, sophisticated hotel contains hidden complexities that the lay-person would struggle to comprehend. However, Weir Architecture Director Robert Weir achieved this feat of design, consenting, construction and ingenuity within two years, converting the Forsythe Barr building into the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

The Crowne PlazaTogether with a total reconfiguration, the structure had to be strengthened with engineers incorporating carbon fibre wrapping. Robert says the original architects had rotated the stair and lift shafts by 45 degrees. “Creating viable rooms out of interesting shaped spaces was challenging!”
Three lower levels are now conference rooms. Converting bars, restaurants and kitchens from car parks required a change to flat floors and working with lowered ceiling heights. One design challenge was concealing necessary additional services within the existing structure: there is a 50,000 litre water tank hidden beneath the café floor area to provide water in an emergency.
Originally the carpark wings were visually incorporated with the main tower block, but facade removal and the incorporation of a crisp white cladding now delineates them from the central tower, bringing the tower into sharp relief. Robert has brought human scale at street level with the use of multi-faceted canopies.
But Weir Architecture is also an award-winning house designer too. Robert enjoys the challenges of residential and loves working with his clients. Many clients have built three houses with him over 30 years, as their life stages changed. His modern style is softened with colour and sophisticated detailing; creating spaces that flow seamlessly is a trademark.