Near The Airport

If you've just landed in Christchurch and urgently need sleep, try Sudima Hotel Grand Chancellor (& 0800/100-876 in NZ, or 03/358-3139; www.sudima hotel.co.nz), where rack rates—often negotiable—are NZ$126 to $180 (US$69-$99). Nothing fancy, but very comfortable. Just down the road and slightly closer to town is Commodore Christchurch Airport Hotel (& 0508/266-663 in NZ, or 03/358-8129; www.commodore.net.nz), which has rooms from NZ$140 (US$77).

Clearwater ^tfftj? Value Much nicer than both of the above airport options, Clearwater has the advantage of a rural situation, not to mention its 18-hole international golfing resort facilities—and all for a very pleasing price. Set amid 186 hectares (465 acres) of greenery, golf courses and trout-filled lakes, it's a short drive to the airport and rooms are modern, chic, individual and beautifully cantilevered out over the water. The hotel rooms and suites are great value, and the larger terrace apartments (eight only) are perfect for long stays, friends, or families. It opened in 2003 and construction on future facilities—including a swimming pool and health spa—is still underway.

Clearwater Ave., Harewood, Christchurch. & 03/360-1000. Fax 03/360-1001. www.clearwaterhotel.co.nz. 87 units. NZ$359 (US$197) lakeside room; NZ$483 (US$266) lakeside suite and garden apts; NZ$730 (US$402) terrace apt. Rates include airport transfers. Long-stay, off-peak, and special rates available. AE, DC, MC,V. Amenities: The Lakes Restaurant; bar and wine cellar; 18-hole championship golf course, home of the Clearwater Classic Australasian PGA tournament; on-site freshwater fishing guide and lessons; 2 outdoor lit tennis courts; gym and spa by 2005; bike rentals; concierge; tour bookings; car rentals; courtesy car; 24-hr. room service; massage; babysitting; laundry facilities in suites and apts; same-day dry cleaning; nonsmoking rooms; on-call doctor/dentist. In room: A/C, TV, VCR, dataport, minibar, fridge, coffeemaker, hair dryer, iron.

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