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Last updated: 20 December, 2022
Expert travel writer: Mark Chipperfield

Small, intimate and extremely well-run, the 53-room George is the best small hotel in Christchurch – and possibly the whole of New Zealand.

One of the few luxury hotels to survive the 2011 earthquake, it’s an impressive 5-star property, with delightful guest rooms and suites and a faultless level of service – the hotel has one staff member for every guest.

The outstanding, in-house ’50 Bistro’ is one of the best dining spots in the city, and they also serve a rather good traditional high tea. The location is excellent too – 5 minutes from the city centre, and close to the airport.

The perfect base for sightseers, who want to return to some welcome, cosy luxury.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

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Quake City

Quake City

Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand[0.5 miles]

This small museum tells the story of the terrible 2010 & 2011 earthquakes that destroyed much of Christchurch and the Canterbury Plain. A sobering reminder of the power of nature, and our dependence on her goodwill.

Best for ages: 8+ | £5

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Art Gallery in Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand. Modern architecture.

Christchurch Art Gallery

Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand[0.6 miles]

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Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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Riverside Market eatery and food market in Christchurch city centre. Popular tourism attraction in Christchurch city with restaurants and food stalls.

Riverside Market

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Best for ages: 8+ | Free

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The new Air Force museum shows classic aircrafts of New Zealand

Air Force Museum

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Best for ages: 8+ | Free

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