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Governors Bay Hotel

52 Main Road Lyttelton, Governors Bay, Christchurch, New Zealand 8971 (Show on map)

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Formerly : Smugglers Arms

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  • Michelle, New Zealand
  • January 2, 2015
  • Area: Governors Bay
  • Rooms : 6
  • Free Wi-Fi

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Room Types
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Hillside Queen
Hillside Queen
Bayside Queen
Bayside King
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Features of Governors Bay Hotel


car park

coffee shop

express check-in/check-out

laundry service

luggage storage

meeting facilities


smoking area


Sports and Recreation


games room


golf course (within 3 km)

horse riding


free Wi-Fi in all rooms

Wi-Fi in public areas


car park


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Impressively located overlooking Lyttelton harbor, the historic Governors Bay Hotel enjoys a fine reputation for its gastro-pub fare, friendly service, stunning views, and garden. Located a mere 10 kilometers from central Christchurch, you will be able to enjoy all the city has to offer. Built in 1870, the hotel was fully renovated in 2011. Governors Bay Hotel also offers many facilities to enrich the stay, including a complimentary continental breakfast, free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, all day dining and bar facilities, a restaurant, and a large car park. In addition, all guestrooms feature a variety of comforts such as a 32" LCD television, balcony, bathrobes, and free Wi-Fi internet access. All guest rooms have shared bathrooms. The hotel offers wonderful recreational facilities such as a golf course within three kilometers, a garden, and a games room to make the stay truly unforgettable. Governors Bay Hotel is sincerely the one-stop destination for classic hotel hospitality in Christchurch. Impressively located overlooking Lyttelton harbor, the historic Governors Bay Hotel enjoys a fine ... see more
Children and extra beds:
Infant 0-1 year(s)
Not allowed to stay
Children 2-12 year(s)
Not allowed to stay

Minimum age of guests is: 12 year(s).

Guests over 12 years old are considered as adults.

Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose, please check the individual room policy for more details.

When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.

Check-In From
:00 PM

Check-Out Until
11:00 AM

Distance from City Center
10. Km

Number of Restaurants

Number of Rooms

Time to Airport (Minutes)

Year Hotel Built

Year Hotel Last Renovated

Governors Bay Hotel Christchurch - Food, drink and entertainment Function room
available for weddings, etc
Governors Bay Hotel Christchurch - Food, drink and entertainment Delicious tart
Delicious Tart
Governors Bay Hotel Christchurch - Food, drink and entertainment Steak with a view
Steak with a view
Governors Bay Hotel Christchurch - Food, drink and entertainment Hotel Bar
Open all day

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Lynn D. Couples United Kingdom, April 6, 2015

Bed. History And view
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Michelle J. Couples New Zealand, January 2, 2015

Everything seemed very thoughtful and it was nice and clean
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Joshua S. Couples New Zealand, August 12, 2014
Not bad

Food, food, price
Not bad if you're looking for a good feed and a bed for the night. Or if you're just looking for somewhere to have dinner, stop in here!
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Brian G. Couples United Kingdom, November 27, 2013
A Little Disappointing.

Location to reasonable beach walk or long hiking. Ocean View (if you have the front rooms). Restaurant food excellent.
It was our last 2 night stay after 23 nights on South Island and we were used to large Motel rooms and our own en-suite facilities, so it was rather horrid to suddenly be somewhere having to share shower's and toilet's. Rooms are rather cramped and our room was not made up while we were out after the first night. Our room had a shared balcony which was nice but sadly the weather didn't allow us to use it. Restaurant food excellent and staff friendly and courteous.
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Michelle B. Couples Australia, April 13, 2013
Lovely room with great view

Great hotel in a beautiful location. We found it easy to relax here.
We booked this hotel based on Agoda reviews and were pleased we did. The area is a pleasant drive from Christchurch city with lovely scenery nearby as well as the gorgeous bay view from the hotel. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it. As long as you realise the toilets are seperate and shared, it really wasn't an issue especially considering the reasonable price. The place is freshly painted and simply, but beautifully decorated. We paid extra and had the king bed bay view room with fireplace, which is a much bigger room. The staff were mostly very helpful but we were a little disappointed with our dinner meals at restaurant downstairs -chicken wings over cooked, actually burnt. The paella was such a shame, as the seafood in it looked great, but this dish was so heavily peppered that it wasn't pleasant. Staff didn't ask how our meals were and we were tired so didn't fuss but should have. Hopefully this was an isolated incident though, as the restaurant seems to have a great reputation - locals raved about it. I only mention this, as both meals had issues and I loved this hotel and so want them to succeed! The continental breakfast was simple but sufficient. I was thankful that they happily supplied gluten free bread for me.
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Samuel F. Couples United Kingdom, March 27, 2013
lovely relaxing stay

views, surroundings, very relaxing
great stay here staff very helpfull, quite remote and no public transport so be prepared for that
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David M. Couples Germany, March 7, 2013
A great hotel, if you don't await ensuited rooms

Cleanness, 20 minutes drive to Christchurch, great view, good food
The rooms are not ensuited. But if you are comfortable with this, the Governors Bay Hotel is a great tip. It is very clean, the staff is familiar and you have direct access to the Bar and Restaurant which serves really good food. We were there for four nights to be close to Christchurch. From Govenors Bay to Christchurch it's just a 20 minutes drive by car. The View is great, even in the night. The rooms are equipped with Wireless Internet, a Flatscreen TV, a washbasin and a queen-size bed. You also have access to the balcony with its great view to the Governors Bay. The Hotel has two separate showers and two toilets. There is also a Laundry with a dryer for your clothes and a parking lot for your car. You can have a continental breakfast in a small room on the floor wich is equipped with coffee-making-facilities or outside on the balcony. Give it a try!
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Kym L. Couples New Zealand, September 29, 2012
Lovely hotel in a lovely location

Our own beautiful upstairs veranda with view over the bay
Beautiful historic Hotel, lovely room & fantastic friendly staff who went out of their way to make our stay great, not to mention the exceptional food.
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Philip B. Couples United Kingdom, April 28, 2012
Great location (if you have a balcony room)

balcony overlooking bay, nice small village, close enough to be a 'city / airport hotel' but in the country
Pros - Hospitable hosts - Newly decorated rooms - Nice linen - Great balcony - free breakfast cuts no corners (i.e. nice bread!) - great coffee from the cafe across the road! Cons - Shared bathrooms (the building is old & the layout not ideal) - Shared balcony (big balcony with multi rooms from it - No bathrobes....stupid as shared bathrooms! I haven't stayed in a shared bathroom hotel for a long, long time. I did this by accident this time. it was fine as we woke up late (landed at midnight, in hotel at 1am...) so everyone else had left. If we'd have been there competing with others for the 2 showers it would have been pretty bad...esp. as there were no bath robes!
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Nataporn R. Solo travelers Thailand, April 15, 2012
Clean and comfy but location

good view
It's a bit noisy due to their bar downstairs, however, its also your convenience. The shared bathrooms are clean (maybe because of their only 6 rooms. One thing to worry is you have to drive all the way along the hills with edges.
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