Aalton Motel is located close to Hagley Park, 165 hectares of parkland, including beautiful floral displays, the world-class botanic gardens, the cricket oval, netball centre and the Ilex cafe/function rooms, plus walking, running and biking tracks. Regular guided tours are conducted throughout the year, except winter.
Riccarton Bush is also located close to Aalton Motel, with 12 hectares of native forest reserve, beautiful gardens and an historic homestead. On Saturday mornings Riccarton Bush hosts a Farmers’ Market, with local fruit and vege growers, butchers, bakers, brewers, baristas, wine makers, cheese makers, and farmers selling their wares in a lively atmosphere.
The historic Victorian homestead Mona Vale is also close to Aalton Motel. Surrounded by 5.5 hectares of English gardens, mature trees, and a lily pond, Mona Vale is an idyllic place to meander.
Christchurch City’s rebuild is going ahead in leaps and bounds, with new buildings, shops and businesses opening up regularly.
The famous Re:Start Mall is located close to Aalton Motel and is the site of upmarket boutiques, shops and cafes, all housed in brightly coloured shipping containers – a unique shopping experience.
The Cardboard Cathedral is another popular destination in Christchurch. The 700-seater cathedral was designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban.
Orana Wildlife Park, with its array of exotic animals, including lions, cheetahs, and giraffes, and Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, with its native birds, including kiwis, and other wildlife, are popular attractions for all members of the family. At the International Antarctic Centre visitors can play on snow and ice and see the little blue penguins.
For those wanting an outdoor experience Christchurch has great beaches, golf courses, windsurfing, boating, and scenic areas for driving, biking, walking and running. Christchurch is also close to numerous ski fields, wineries and tramping areas.
Aalton Motel is close to the railway station for those wanting to travel on the famous Tranz Alpine rail journey through the spectacular southern alps to the scenic West Coast.
The French settlement of Akaroa and Hanmer Springs Thermal Resort are both an easy drive away.
For information on these or any other attractions in Christchurch, Canterbury and beyond please don’t hesitate to ask the friendly staff at Aalton Motel, and we can also help with booking activities.