Randolph Motel/Apartments is close to a number of amenities, including public transport, private schools, two hospitals, Hagley Park, the golf course, Merivale shopping mall and Victoria Street.
It is the ideal place to stay if you are looking to enjoy the many attractions that this wonderful city has to offer.
A five-minute walk to Victoria Street brings you to the Christchurch Casino - definitely a great night out - whether it is full-on gaming or a dining experience at the Grand Café. The Christchurch Casino offers The Grand Café, Monza Sports Bar, Diamond Bar and Valley Bar. A couple of spots in Victoria Street to try include old favourites Blax Espresso, and King of Snake. There's Frogmore and Court Florist for gifts, and Whisky Galore there, too. Tucked away at No 149 are Jane Daniels and Lynn Woods, and The Coffee Club, with The Outlet Annex upstairs. For food and refreshments, there is Revival bar, Café Decadence, Kum Pun Thai Restaurant, and the Procopé Coffee House.
In the opposite direction from the Randolph, away from the city centre, is Merivale Mall, perfect for those seeking a quality shopping experience. The mall has a number of high-end fashion retail stores, which will keep you entertained for hours.
Merivale also has a huge selection of takeaway bars and delicatessen shops, quality restaurants and cafés to cater for all tastes and appetites. Enjoy a drink at JDV or No. 4 Restaurant & Bar or dine out at one of Christchurch's finest Italian restaurants - Tutto Bene. Wherever you choose, you will not be disappointed.
Along with close proximity to the Merivale Mall and Victoria Street shopping and dining options, The Randolph is also within close proximity to two large shopping complexes - Northlands and Westfield Riccarton. Both have over 100 shops, food courts and multi cinemas.
Near Westfield Mall is the Riccarton Bush reserve where you can amble along a 2km boardwalk through the only area of native forest left in Christchurch. The area features over 400 kahikatea trees, New Zealand's tallest tree, and is a safe haven for native birds. At the start of the walk is Deans Cottage, built in 1844; it is the oldest remaining building in Canterbury, and homestead of the famous Deans pioneer family.
On the northern side of the city are Willowbank Native Reserve, Orana Wildlife Park and the Antarctic Centre. Willowbank prides itself on its conservation and rehabilitation of rare and endangered species, while Orana Park is New Zealand's only open range zoo, set in 80 hectares and home to over 400 animals representing 70 species.
The Antarctic Centre has twice been judged New Zealand's best attraction and features a snow and ice experience, an all-terrain Haggland ride, and over 30 little blue penguins in a state-of-the-art facility. Transport to the Centre is provided by the Penguin Express shuttle, which can be caught at the bus stop outside Randolph Apartments.
Helicopter scenic flights over Christchurch. Experience the thrill of a helicopter ride at the same time taking in the diverse and dramatic scenery of Christchurch City, Lyttelton Harbour and spectacular Banks Peninsula, the Canterbury Plains with its patchwork of farmland, and views from the ocean to the snow-capped mountains of the Southern Alps. Garden City Helicopters offer many different flights and experiences; the sky's the limit!
Why not combine a scenic flight of the city with a stop-off at one of the award-winning wineries in Canterbury or French Farm in Akaroa. Or combine a scenic flight with jet boating on the Waimakariri River, an iconic and must-do adventure while in New Zealand. Other flights offered include glacier landings on the Southern Alps or Aoraki Mount Cook. Visit the Whales in Kaikoura by helicopter and avoid the long car journey or fly to Akaroa, the jewel in Canterbury's crown.
Experience the thrill of a helicopter ride at the same time taking in the diverse and dramatic scenery of Christchurch City, Lyttelton Harbour and spectacular Banks Peninsula, the Canterbury Plains with its patchwork of farmland, and views from the ocean to the snow-capped mountains of the Southern Alps on a Christchurch City scenic flight. Garden City Helicopters offer many different flights and experiences; the sky's the limit!www.helicopters.net.nz
Take out a canoe, kayak, paddleboat or traditional rowboat or Canadian canoe on the Avon River to see the beauty of Christchurch Botanic Gardens. Double and single kayaks available. They also offer cycle hire with flexible hire times from an hour to a week or more. Perhaps just sit back with breakfast, brunch, lunch or a cappuccino and unwind by the Avon River at the licensed café with great menu selection. Beside Christchurch Botanic Gardens, across from Christchurch public hospital. Open 7 days.www.boatsheds.co.nz
Discover one of the world's premiere military aviation collections at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand; from aircraft, engines and assorted displays to medals, pin-ups and parachute-silk wedding dresses. Marvel at the collection of classic aircraft, be inspired by the bravery of present and past servicemen, servicewomen and their families, fly a simulator, take a guided tour and step back in time in a replica 1940s home. Your journey through the Air Force Museum of New Zealand will be something very special.www.airforcemuseum.co.nz
Sit back and relax as your authentic Edwardian punter gently takes you down the Avon River highlighting points of interest along the way. All punt rides take 30 minutes return. With city and park landing sites available, you choose what part of the river to explore. Summer or winter, glide along the peaceful Avon River in Christchurch, wrapped in luxury, as a skilled boatperson propels you through a romantic wonderland. In spring and summer the sunbeams sparkle and ducklings dive; in autumn and winter the river-level view provides magical photographs.www.welcomeaboard.co.nz
Welcome aboard the Christchurch Tram! Travel on the newly extended track and enjoy this unique and historic way to view the inner city. A full circuit takes 50 minutes, includes 17 stops and there are up to four Trams operating. Trams runs approximately every 15 minutes.www.welcomeaboard.co.nz
Willowbank allows you to experience New Zealand's Wildlife and Culture, with the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve Ko Tane, the Maori Experience, followed by a 4-course dinner with hangi-cooked mains. A haven amongst the turmoil of the city, Willowbank is in a natural bush-clad area. Just 20 minutes from the central city of Christchurch or 10 minutes from the Airport with FREE return transfers from most motels when purchasing any Ko Tane experience.www.willowbank.co.nz
Hassle-free Tours invites you to join them on one of their fun and exciting attractions in and around the Christchurch and Canterbury region. Whether you're looking for a scenic experience into the breathtaking Southern Alps of New Zealand, a visit to a Lord of the Rings filming location or you'd like to discover Christchurch from the top deck of our Classic London Double Decker bus, they have something to suit everyone. They also provide a range of specialised Tours and can custom-design an itinerary for your group.www.hasslefreetours.co.nz
The South Island's only dedicated factory outlet shopping centre, situated at Hornby, Christchurch. Over 60 outlet stores selling best-known brands in fashion, childrenswear, sportswear, adventure wear, footwear, and accessories up to 70% below normal retail prices every day.www.dress-smart.co.nz
Coordinated by Canterbury Museum, Quake City is a unique multi-sensory attraction aimed at informing, engaging and educating New Zealanders and international tourists about the Canterbury earthquakes. See an active liquefaction volcano and learn about the science of earthquakes. Hear about the incredible resilience of our communities. Be captivated by the stories and photographs of emergency service teams during the aftermath of Canterbury's major earthquakes, and view iconic objects such as the Cathedral Spire.www.canterburymuseum.com
Set in 80 hectares of park-like grounds, Orana Wildlife Park is New Zealand's only open-range zoo. Scheduled animal feeds occur throughout the day and these unique encounters get visitors up close to endangered animals at set times: hand-feed giraffes, see tigers search for food, meet massive rhinoceros in a 'face-to-face' encounter, stroll through native bird aviaries to see a range of NZ forest birds and the kea, the world's only mountain parrot.www.oranawildlifepark.co.nz
The International Antarctic Centre is fantastic fun for all ages! Located in a unique working Antarctic campus, the International Antarctic Centre has twice been judged New Zealand's best attraction. Conveniently situated across from Christchurch International Airport, it is the ideal location to "chill out" and experience Antarctica, without even stepping foot on the icy continent.www.iceberg.co.nz
Canterbury Museum is world-renowned for its natural and human history collections. Housed in an exquisite historic building are outstanding Maori exhibits, a Victorian Christchurch Street, an extensive Antarctic collection and interactive fun for the children in Discovery. Dont miss Fred and Myrtle's Paua Shell House at Canterbury Museum for the story of an iconic Kiwi couple and their paua shell lounge.www.canterburymuseum.com
If you like the best shops, you'll absolutely love Westfield Riccarton. You'll find over 180 premium stores and cafés in one perfectly central place, just moments from the CBD and within 10 minutes of the airport.www.westfield.co.nz
Stroll the heritage village with its church, school house, bakery, jail, homes, printers, grocery store, post office and railway station — a snapshot of Christchurch life in the early 1900s. Explore the fascinating collections in the specialty museums, including aeronautics, fire engines, rural history, Hall of Wheels and model railroad. Trams run 7 days per week. Browse timeless treasures and treats in the gift shop, bring a picnic or enjoy a snack in the rose garden, or try sweet and savoury food baked in a wood-fired oven.www.ferrymead.org.nz
Ko Tane The Maori Cultural Experience will take you into the heart of Maori spirituality, land, water, forest, wildlife and, most importantly, people. You are invited on a spiritual journey of engagement with the Maori of the South Island, as you experience: Stories of Maori Spirituality and Beliefs, Traditional Greeting onto the Pa (village), Portrayal of Maori lifestyle, a Maori Cultural Performance, Wildlife Tour (optional), 4-course dinner with hangi-cooked mains, transport to and from Ko Tane from most accommodation.www.willowbank.co.nz
The Rail Trail takes you through a changing landscape that has seen a thousand years of human history. It passes through rural areas and settlements on the Canterbury Plains, skirts past the massive flanks of the ancient volcanoes which make up the Banks Peninsula, and hugs the shoreline of a vast lagoon, Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere, and its smaller twin, Te Roto o Wairewa/Lake Forsyth. The lakes and associated rivers and wetlands are rich in wildlife and natural vegetation.www.littleriverrailtrail.co.nz