Akaroa Criterion Motel

4.5 star property
Upmarket motel in Akaroa

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Akaroa Criterion Motel

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Studio Top Floor | View from room
Front of property
Blackout curtains, soundproofing, iron/ironing board

Overview of Akaroa Criterion Motel



Property highlights

  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry facilities
  • Non-smoking
75 Rue Jolie, Akaroa, 7520
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Breakfast available
  • Room service
  • Terrace
  • Library
  • Self-serve laundry
  • Barbecue grills
  • Luggage storage
  • Limited hour front desk
  • Tour/ticket assistance
Feel at home
  • Free cots/infant beds
  • Cookware, dishware and utensils
  • Private bathroom
  • Cable/satellite TV service
  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping

Room options

Studio Mid Floor

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Double Bed

Studio Top Floor

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Double Bed

Standard Studio

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 King Bed

Studio Mid Floor Sea View

  • Sea view
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 King Bed

Studio, Sea View, Ground Floor

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 King Bed

About this area

Getting around

  • Christchurch International Airport (CHC) - 66 min drive


  • The Little Bistro - 4 min walk
  • Ma Maison - 1 min walk
  • Bully Hayes Restaurant & Bar - 7 min walk
  • Akaroa Fish & Chips - 7 min walk
  • La Thai - 8 min walk

About this property

Akaroa Criterion Motel

Akaroa Criterion Motel is a great choice for a stay in Akaroa. Freebies such as WiFi and self-parking are added perks, and guests looking to stay active can experience the nearby hiking/biking trails.



Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter
Guest accommodation is sealed after cleaning


Contactless social distancing and check-out
Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Hand sanitiser provided
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 12 rooms
  • Arranged over 3 floors


  • Check-in time from 2:00 PM until 6:00 PM
  • Minimum check-in age – 18
  • Check-out time is 11 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • The front desk is open daily from 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free on-site self-parking

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Continental breakfast (surcharge) each morning 8 AM–10 AM
  • Barbecue grills
  • Room service (limited hours)

What to do

  • Hiking/biking trails nearby


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage


  • 1 building/tower
  • Terrace
  • Library


  • Wheelchair-accessible
  • Accessible bathroom (selected rooms)
  • In-room accessibility (selected rooms)
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Upper floors accessible by stairs only

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • 45-inch flat-screen TV
  • Digital TV channels

Home comfort

  • Iron/ironing board

Sleep well

  • Blackout curtains
  • Soundproofed rooms
  • Free cot/infant bed
  • Rollaway/extra bed (surcharge)
  • Bed sheets provided

What to enjoy

  • Balcony

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Towels

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi

Food and drink

  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Cookware, dishes and utensils


  • Daily housekeeping

Special features

Awards and affiliations

Eco-certified property
This property participates in Qualmark Sustainable Tourism Business Award – a programme that measures the property's impact on one or more of the following: environment, community, cultural-heritage and the local economy.

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Continental breakfast is offered for an extra charge of approximately NZD 16 for adults and NZD 16 for children
  • Credit card charges are subject to an extra charge of 2.5 per cent

Children & extra beds

  • Rollaway beds are available for an additional charge

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F; guest room doors are sealed after cleaning.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; guests are provided with hand sanitiser; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions.

Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available.


This property does not have lifts.
Guests can rest easy knowing that there's a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector and a security system on site.
This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.

Also known as

Akaroa Criterion
Akaroa Criterion Motel
Akaroa Motel
Criterion Akaroa
Criterion Motel
Criterion Motel Akaroa
Motel Akaroa
Akaroa Criterion Hotel Christchurch
Akaroa Criterion Motel Motel
Akaroa Criterion Motel Akaroa
Akaroa Criterion Motel Motel Akaroa

Frequently asked questions

Does Akaroa Criterion Motel offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Akaroa Criterion Motel does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in, depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Akaroa Criterion Motel?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitiser, social distancing measures are in place and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Are pets allowed at Akaroa Criterion Motel?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
Is parking offered on site at Akaroa Criterion Motel?
Yes, there's free self parking.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Akaroa Criterion Motel?
You can check in from 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM. Check-out time is 11 AM. Contactless social distancing and check-out are available.
What is there to do at Akaroa Criterion Motel and nearby?
Have fun during the warmer months with activities nearby such as hiking.
Does Akaroa Criterion Motel have any outdoor private spaces?
Yes, every room features a balcony.
What's the area around Akaroa Criterion Motel like?
Akaroa Criterion Motel is a short 9-minute walk from Akaroa Wharf and 16 minutes' walk from Akaroa Lighthouse.







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10/10 Exceptional

Chris, 2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Loved everything no dislikes
Lisa, 2-night trip with friends
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10/10 Exceptional

Kathryn Ann, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Lovely spacious room with the most comfortable bed!! Staff were nice and friendly, would highly recommend to stay here🙂
Mabel, 1-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Nice motel for a night in Akaroa. Good value.
Scott, 1-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Very nice - thanks to the owner
Clint, 1-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Very comfortable - the bed would have to be the most comfortable we have ever slept in. Lovely outlook of the harbour. Everything within easy walking distance.
Ian, 2-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

My room was clean, well-decorated, and had a view of Akaroa Harbor. The staff was extremely hospitable and informative. I really enjoyed my stay.
Cynthia, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Nice stay!
Very nice hotel in Akaroa - check in was simple and straightforward and our room was clean and tidy
1-night family trip
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