We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Akaroa Criterion Motel

Show Prices
Certificate of Excellence
Enter dates for lowest prices
powered by PriceFinder
Check In Check Out
1 room 2 adults 0 children
We check 200+ sites to find the latest and lowest prices.
Professional photos
Akaroa Criterion Motel
View Map
{"widget":{"name":"ibex_photo_carousel","template":"ibex_photo_carousel__widget","dust":{"nav_controls":"ibex_photo_carousel__nav_controls"},"moduleList":["handlers"],"divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_photo_carousel","js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))"}},"scriptFlags":null,"containerClass":null}
Add Photo Write a Review

263 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 253: English reviews
Start your review of Akaroa Criterion Motel
 Click to rate
Christchurch, New Zealand
Reviewed 1 week ago

The friendliness, helpfulness and total hands on attitude by the owners is a credit to them . We would return anytime , the room was spotless , and nothing was an issue to the owners. Congratulations on the big event on the wedding . Thank you again .

 Report
Helpful?
Thank z0ef68
FelicityandMurray, Owner at Akaroa Criterion Motel, responded to this review

Hello guest Thank you for your great review. We have had these motels for nearly a year now and just love it here in Akaroa. We have great staff who take a real pride in presenting our rooms well and the recent make over makes it a pleasure to take our guests up to their rooms. Thanks for the congratulations,...

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent a night here over Easter 2017. The room was huge and had a great view of the harbour. The location was good and it was quiet too. The owner was very friendly and helpful: without us asking, he offered to drive us and our luggage to the other side of town where we were staying another night. He...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank sandier1965
FelicityandMurray, Owner at Akaroa Criterion Motel, responded to this review

Hi Sandier1965 Thanks for taking the time to send this review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay in Akaroa and at our motel. As a motelier it is very difficult to find mattresses that suit everyone. If you had been staying another night we would have rectified this situation for you. Murray is certainly a kind and caring...

Nelson, New Zealand
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed here for one night and had a room on the middle floor. Good views from here, the room was lovely and warm and we had a great sleep. Service was friendly, the lady (Debra?) was lovely to us and easy to chat to. The toiletries in the bathroom were of high quality and the shower was great. Would...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank kiakaha7
FelicityandMurray, Owner at Akaroa Criterion Motel, responded to this review

Hi Kiakaha Thank you for reviewing your stay with us. We love the views you get from both the mid and top floor rooms, its relaxing to sit on the sofa's and look out at the activity on the harbor and the changing weather. We get lots of great reviews about how comfy our beds are so glad you enjoyed...

Bradenton, Florida
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Akaroa Criterion Motel met all of our needs while staying in Akaroa. The room was large and comfortable. The location was perfect, a little ways from the crowded cruise ship side of town while close to good restaurants and a grocery store. The staff was very responsive and took care of any requests. I would definitely stay here again.

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Joan R
FelicityandMurray, Owner at Akaroa Criterion Motel, responded to this review

Hi Joan Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review on your stay with us. We are so pleased you enjoyed our lovely spacious room, and yes its lovely to be away from the congestion that the cruise ships can create. We look forward to seeing you again some time. Kind regards Felicity

Christchurch, New Zealand
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent motel in the centre of Akaroa overlooking the pristine waters of Akaroa Harbour.Our unit was tastefully decorated, very clean and comfortable.All the staff were very friendly with the lady at reception being extremely helpful and welcoming.A very pleasant stay.

 Report
Helpful?
Thank davefayd
FelicityandMurray, Owner at Akaroa Criterion Motel, responded to this review

Hello Guests Thank you for the great review As new owners its great to see the changes we have made are working well for our guests. We love the fact that almost all our units have uninterrupted views over the harbor, many an hour can be spent gazing out at the gorgeous views. We're glad you enjoyed your stay with...

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Spent the night there in unit 12 on third floor. Amazing views, nice big room with everything you need. Staff very friendly and accommodating. Room although very clean and tidy is probably not far away from being refreshed (new paint etc) but would definitely stay there again. Location is very good with attractions, restaurants and shops just a short walk....

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Peter B
FelicityandMurray, Owner at Akaroa Criterion Motel, responded to this review

Hi Peter Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your stay with us. As new owners we are proud of the perfect location and views we have. Although we have refurbished the rooms we recognize that there is still more to do and have the repainting planned for the quieter winter months. Hope to see you...

Houston, Texas
Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

We stayed at top floor with great view from our room. The room is big and clean. The staffs are nice. The hotel is closed to town center and restaurant. Keep in mind, there isn't lift in hotel, but staff will help you with luggage if you need help,

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Fei L
FelicityandMurray, Owner at Akaroa Criterion Motel, responded to this review

Hi Fei L Thank you for taking the time to write this review. The top floor rooms really do have wonderful views of the harbour and surrounding hills. Being centrally located in Akaroa is so convenient for all the shops and activities here. We are pleased that you enjoyed your holiday with us. Regards Deborah

Reviewed 26 March 2017

We staying in a spacious, spotless, comfortable second floor room with a wonderful view of bay. Upon checking in we were given some recommendations on what to do in Akaroa and area. These were spot on and great activities. There was a washer and dryer that we could use (small charge) that we made us of. We loved the Criterion...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Sharon W
FelicityandMurray, Owner at Akaroa Criterion Motel, responded to this review

Hi Sharon Thanks for this great review. It is our pleasure to ensure you have a memorable holiday in our fabulous motel and village. We hope you may be able to visit us again. Regards Deborah

Churchill, Australia
Reviewed 22 March 2017

This hotel was amazing. Great location, quiet, big room with fridge and microwave. King sized bed with the most beautiful doona!!! Staff were very helpful and the room was clean. Wish we could have stayed longer.

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Patti H
FelicityandMurray, Owner at Akaroa Criterion Motel, responded to this review

Hi Patti H. Thanks so much for this great review.We try very hard to ensure that our guests have a memorable and relaxing holiday. Do come back and stay again. Hope you find a similar doona in Aus. Regards Deborah

Auckland
Reviewed 21 March 2017

We stayed in the disabled unit on the ground floor cos it was available (not because we needed it). Very spacious. Clean. Comfy bed. And such a great location. We went on the EcoSeaker swim with the dolphins and it left just from the wharf right next to the motel, so we got changed into our swimmers, went on the...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Janni_NZAuckland
FelicityandMurray, Owner at Akaroa Criterion Motel, responded to this review

Hi Janni Thank you for taking the time to write about your stay with us. We love the fact that our ground floor unit has the same lovely views of the harbor that the upstairs units enjoy. Isn't it great that the EcoSeaker swim with the dolphins location is only meters from our motel! We are so pleased you enjoyed...

70 photos of this hotel

Traveller photos: See what travellers like you saw

Viewed
All Traveller Photos (70)
Viewed
Room/Suite (14)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (9)
Viewed
View from Room (17)
Viewed
Pool/Beach Area (1)
Viewed
Bathroom (2)
Viewed
Other (27)
Check In Check Out
Hotels you might also like...
Travellers also viewed these Akaroa hotels
0.6 km away
Akaroa Village inn
Akaroa Village inn
#3 of 6 in Akaroa
66 reviews
0.5 km away
La Rochelle Motel
La Rochelle Motel
#2 of 6 in Akaroa
213 reviews
0.1 km away
Akaroa Waterfront Motels
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.6 km away
Tresori Motor Lodge
Tresori Motor Lodge
#4 of 6 in Akaroa
115 reviews
1.0 km away
Akaroa TOP 10 Holiday Park
2.4 km away
L'Abri
L'Abri
#2 of 24 in Akaroa
214 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Amenities

Highlights
  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
Room types
  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Services
  • Free Parking
  • Laundry Service
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Superb harbor views from most rooms at this 4 plus star plus motel. Rooms are spacious and comfortable. Super-king beds, private balcony. Double glazing and underfloor heating. Free WiFi each day in every room. Free car parking with ltd under cover parking also. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Akaroa Criterion Motel

Address: 75 Rue Jolie | Akaroa Banks Penninsular, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Akaroa
Price Range: RM404 - RM582 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Akaroa Criterion Motel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Hotels.com, Travelocity, Orbitz, Expedia, Hotwire, Priceline, Agoda, TripOnline SA, getaroom.com and HotelQuickly so you can book your Akaroa Criterion Motel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Akaroa Criterion Hotel Christchurch
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Akaroa Criterion Motel staff and past guests.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travellers prefer

“Top floor for an excellent view”
davefayd, 2 Apr 2017 | Read review
“Room 12 has the best views and very little street noise.”
, 1 Apr 2017 | Read review
“Try the second floor for the best views”
LadyinBeds, 7 Mar 2017 | Read review
“We were upstairs and had a great sea view”
  • Spacious and modern
morecambegirl60, 2 Mar 2017 | Read review
“second floor”
tigersChristchurch, 15 Feb 2017 | Read review
5 of 5