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Christchurch CityChristchurch or “The Garden City”, as it is known all around New Zealand and the world, is the largest city in the South Island. Situated at the confluence of the Heathcote and Avon rivers in front of the backdrop of the port hills, Christchurch is the hub of the South Island.

In 2010 and 2011, Christchurch suffered a series of damaging earthquakes. However, the city's recovery is underway, and post-quake visits by Lonely Planet described the city as still very much worth a visit. Indeed, the recovery process and spirit and innovation of Christchurch's people currently make it a unique destination, with something new always on the go and a number of initiatives that are found nowhere else in the world, such as Re:Start in the central city –an upmarket shipping container shopping mall. Christchurch's many events and festivals, such as the International Busker's Festival and the Ellerslie Flower Show, also continue to entertain locals and visitors year-round.

Winding its way through the city is the Avon River. The Avon is a focal point for relaxation where you can enjoy an afternoon watching wildlife, the occasional canoeist, or the very English punts as they pass you by.

With a great number of parks and the mature trees that are everywhere, the name “The Garden City” is an apt one. To the west the city is flanked by Hagley Park, the largest and most famous of all the many parks in the greater Christchurch metropolitan area. Hagley Park also contains Christchurch's famous Botanic Gardens, a must see for any visitor.

The city offers a variety of first class restaurants, serving a variety of dishes that will impress. There are a great number of cafe bars that will provide sustenance to the thirstiest of travellers, and some of the local wines are beginning to find favour worldwide. Quirky new restaurants and bars are currently popping up on an almost constant basis, making for fun, unusual drinking and dining destinations.

There are two main beaches in Christchurch - they are Sumner (located in the East) and Brighton (located in the North East). Sumner is reached via the Esplanade, and has developed its own unique culture, cafes and bars. Brighton with its own mall complex and pier is also unique in its own right.

The area surrounding the city offers a multitude of activities, including numerous golf courses and driving ranges, wildlife parks, wineries, walking tracks, cycle tracks, wind surfing, boating and much more. During the winter there are great ski fields within 1-2 hours drive, and the sea and river fishing is abundant.

The warmest months are from November to April, and use of a sunscreen is strongly advisable. The international airport only twenty minutes from the central city and is serviced by both taxi and buses. As is the case throughout New Zealand, there is no requirement to tip, and all goods and services have a government GST (Goods and Services Tax) of 15%. Duty-free shopping is available at the airport.

Amber Park in Christchurch (Ōtautahi) was established in 1968 by Merv and Dot Tinker. Prior to 1968 the land was used as horse paddocks and market gardens.

Our Amber Park story began in 1990 with John and Sharron Lee (senior) purchasing Amber Park, joined in 2004 by us (Braden and Sharon Lee and our children). John and Sharron retired in 2013. As our family enjoys travelling, we also endeavour to provide Amber Holiday Park’s guests with a genuine Kiwi hospitality experience.

Family ties to the Riccarton area include Braden’s ancestor Mary Tod. Mary Tod worked for the Deans family (an early Christchurch settler family) at the historical location now known as Riccarton House and Deans’ Bush (Pūtaringamotu).

Under the Lee family ownership Amber Park has expanded roofed accommodation from 12 Budget Units, to build eight Motel Units (2 of which are wheelchair access units). A second kitchen/ablution block, covered BBQ facility, dump station, and a new administration area were also created.

The gardens have been lovingly landscaped including our herb garden, and over 160 rose plants (a beautiful sight and smell from November each year).

Guests that love Amber Park include couples, garden enthusiasts, business people, families, those visiting Christchurch friends and family, sports teams/groups, those wanting to discover Christchurch, and motorhome travelers exploring the South Island.

Amber Holiday Park offers accommodation for all travelers: One and Two-Bedroom Motels for families or corporate guests, the Deluxe Motel for our more discerning guests, and the more budget-friendly Studio, Budget Studio, and Ensuite Cabins. Our sites cater for motorhomes, caravans, and tents. Let us assist you with ensuring your stay in our garden city will be an enjoyable one.

Our guests can expect a friendly and welcoming stay in a super-clean, well equipped, and centrally located quiet environment within landscaped grounds. Amber Park is a small, Kiwi-family owned and operated holiday park and as such offer friendlier, more personable customer service, higher hygiene standards, and groomed flower gardens and grounds than you are likely to experience elsewhere.



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308 Blenheim Road
Upper Riccarton
New Zealand
Phone/Fax - (03) 348 3327
Reservations - 0800 348 308


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