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Governors Bay Hotel

Governors Bay Hotel 52 Main Road, Governors Bay, Christchurch view on map
Governors Bay Hotel 94% 16 user reviews 10
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Historic 1870s Hotel with glorious views over Lyttelton harbour, just 20 minutes drive from central Christchurch via Dyers Pass Road. Escape from Christchurch for the night and seek out all that Lyttelton harbour can offer from the world reknowned Ohinetahi gardens to the working port of Lyttelton, fabulous walks and mountain biking for the more adventurous.

Fully refurbished following the devastating Canterbury earthquakes, all 6 rooms feature 32 inch LCD TVs with four balcony rooms opening up to a wide verandah overlooking the harbour. Please note, in keeping with the Hotel's historic providence our rooms are modern but are not ensuited. Bathroom and toilet facilities are shared.

Garden Bar, large deck, pool table, juke box and restaurant open 11.00am till late daily, serving highly recommended gastro-pub fare at very reasonable prices. Winner 2012/13/14/15 NZ Beef and Lamb awards and ranked in the top 3 of Lyttelton restaurants on Tripadvisor.

Off street parking in our upper(6) or lower(40) car parks. No charges apply.


  • 100% Guest Reviews 2014
  • Balcony/Courtyard
  • Bar
  • Board Games
  • Boat Ramp
  • Cafe/Restaurant
  • Catering
  • Check-in Time: 2:00pm
  • Check-out Time: 11:00am
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Dart Board
  • Dining Room
  • Eftpos
  • Fax
  • Freeview
  • Function Room
  • Games Room
  • Guest Laundry
  • Highchair
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Photocopier
  • Pool Table
  • Store
  • Unlimited free wifi
Governors Bay Hotel
  • Great simply to head upstairs to our room after a great dining experience in Governors Bay Hotel. Lovely start to following day with breakfast on verandah overlooking Lyttelton Harbour on a pleasant Canterbury autumn morning. 5
    RICHARD BEAUCHAMP - May 12, 2013 (Stayed May 2013) Travelbug verified review
Governors Bay Hotel
  • Feels like home:) 5
    XIAOHUA LI - May 2, 2013 (Stayed Apr 2013) Travelbug verified review
  • Hi, thank you for your feedback Li and we're very glad you and your friends enjoyed your stay, kind regards, Jeremy
    Governors Bay Hotel
Governors Bay Hotel
  • We are happy to tell others about the Governors Bay Hotel, just take ear plugs if you want to sleep early on Friday evenings. We would stay there again. 4
    CHRISTINE NANTEL - Mar 8, 2013 (Stayed Mar 2013) Travelbug verified review
  • Ah yes, well said Christine, Friday nights can go on for a while, sorry about that. Thanks for coming and would love to see you again, kind regards, Jeremy
    Governors Bay Hotel
Governors Bay Hotel
  • Friendly staff,rooms and facilities very well appointed. An enjoable place to stay with nice walks and sights close by. Would definatley stay here again!! 5
    KEILY HASLER - Mar 7, 2013 (Stayed Mar 2013) Travelbug verified review
  • Thank you so much Keily, so glad you enjoyed your stay with us, kind regards, Jeremy
    Governors Bay Hotel
Governors Bay Hotel
  • No complaints. Had a great meal, good wine list, would happily go back. 4
    ANDREW BUTCHER - Feb 26, 2013 (Stayed Feb 2013) Travelbug verified review
  • Cheers Andrew, thanks for coming and would gladly have you back anytime
    Governors Bay Hotel
Governors Bay Hotel
  • First class hotel, good food, friendly staff, good value for money. Well recommended. 5
    STEVE HAWKSWELL - Jan 10, 2013 (Stayed Jan 2013) Travelbug verified review
Governors Bay Hotel
  • Thank you Holly and team for a very enjoyable stay. I was in Christchurch for business and wanted somewhere relaxed but still relatively close to the CBD. I dined on the deck in the evening, an excellent evening meal. Then a simple continental breakfast enjoyed on the balcony in the morning. I will be back! 5
    MICHAEL CLAYTON - Dec 11, 2012 (Stayed Dec 2012) Travelbug verified review
  • Thank you Michael, we're very glad you enjoyed your stay and we'll look forwar to hosting you again. Kind regards, Jeremy Dyer
    Governors Bay Hotel
Governors Bay Hotel
  • This is a beautiful old hotel and the room and amenities are lovely. The staff are attentive and helpful. It can be noisy on the weekend though because the hotel is a popular venue on a Friday and Saturday night. 4
    SANDRA SACRE - Sep 30, 2012 (Stayed Sep 2012) Travelbug verified review
  • Hi Sandra, many thanks for your feedback and coming to stay with us. I do apologize if the bar noise below disturbed your rest, its one of those things that we try to manage in the best interests of all of our patrons. Admittedly, some nights are harder than others. Kind regards, Jeremy
    Governors Bay Hotel
Governors Bay Hotel
  • Awesome, especially the Hotel owner Genemy who's very kind and friendly, it's highly recomment to stay at. 5
    PAUL LIAO - May 15, 2012 (Stayed May 2012) Travelbug verified review
  • Many thanks Paul, hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Christchurch, Jeremy
    Governors Bay Hotel
Governors Bay Hotel
  • Hostel/backpacker accommodation. The shared toilet had no wash hand basin or mirror. The shower room doubled up as a laundry room and the second shower room had a mirror so high up I couldn't see the top of my head! The bed was comfortable with crisp,fresh linen. There were no tea and coffee making facilities in the room, and no gowns or slippers provided for sharing the toilet facilities along the corridor. We had been travelling around South Island for two weeks and had paid the same rate in motels and hotels that were offering far more. We certainly didn't expect to have to prepare our own breakfast in a "hotel" 1
    STEPHEN COPPINGER - Apr 16, 2012 (Stayed Apr 2012) Travelbug verified review
  • Stephen, we are not a 5 star Hotel, we're not billed as that.(3 stars!) It's abundantly clear that there are shared facilities and no cooked breakfast. If you want to look at yourself, every room has a full length mirror but I only wish that you had opened your doors out onto one of the most gorgeous views you will not see anywhere else 20 minutes from central Christchurch. Take in 142 years of heritage beautifully restored, embrace the sea air, have a walk, enjoy our highly regarded cuisine. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy your experience, which makes me sad because I am immensely proud of what we offer and frankly, I just don't think you got we're about.
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