Vita Nova Motel

0800 848 2668 / 03 982 4925

290 Riccarton Road, Riccarton, Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch Attractions


Christchurch is one of the world’s most unique destinations, combining urban regeneration and innovation with heritage, culture and exhilarating activity.


Set against a majestic Alps to ocean backdrop, Christchurch offers visitors one of the world’s most unique destinations. Urban regeneration, creativity and innovation flow through the city with new restaurants & bars, street art and vibrant new retail areas. At the same time the city stays true to its heritage, offering a traditional English feel. Stunning gardens and parks, the serene Avon River, beautiful beaches and the Port Hills all embrace the city.  Within a short drive you can ski at a world-class alpine resort, play golf, bungy jump, raft, mountain bike, hot-air balloon, wind surf, whale watch and visit internationally-acclaimed wineries.


Vita Nova Motel is ideally located in Riccarton, making it easy for you to see many of the city’s attractions, either on foot or by using public transport.


Nearby places of interest include:

  • Bush Inn shopping centre

  • Hagley Park and the Botanical Gardens

  • Riccarton Bush

  • Westfield Mall - Christchurch's largest shopping mall

  • Hagley Golf Course

We are conveniently located for guests wanting to visit:

  • Christchurch Casino

  • Addington Raceway

  • Christchurch Hospital

  • Canterbury University

Public transport

  • Close to Christchurch International Airport

  • Bus stop right outside the motel

  • Close to the Christchurch Railway Station

Other local attractions

Air Force Museum

The Royal New Zealand Air Force Museum in Christchurch is a “must see” for anyone even remotely interested in military aviation.

Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

For the best kiwi viewing come to Willowbank and see our North Island Brown Kiwi in the nocturnal house.

Orana Wildlife Park

Set on 80 hectares of park-like grounds, Orana Wildlife Park is New Zealand’s largest wildlife and conservation centre and only open range zoo. The Park is located within ten minutes drive of Christchurch International Airport and 20 minutes drive from us.

The International Antarctic Centre

Housing the Antarctic Attraction, this internationally renowned display and theme museum is adjacent to Christchurch International Airport, just 15 minutes drive from central Christchurch and 8 minutes walk from the airport terminal. Visiting the Antarctic Attraction is a great way to spend a few hours in between flights!

Hanmer Springs Hot Pools

Situated in the unique alpine village of Hanmer Springs 90 minutes drive north of Christchurch, it offers relaxing and stimulating attractions including bathing in hot pools, walks, jetboating, horse trekking, and bungy jumping.

Akaroa Harbour Cruises

Experience the local marine life of picturesque Lyttelton Harbour on a two-hour wildlife cruise aboard a catamaran. Watch the rare Hector’s Dolphins, found only in New Zealand. You’ll also engage in a spot of sightseeing and hear about the history of the area.