La Rochelle Motel
The perfect place to enjoy Akaroa’s quaint charms for a night, a weekend, a romantic escape, a business trip or a longer getaway.
Family-owned La Rochelle Motel is the perfect pick for a relaxing getaway to the French-inspired village of Akaroa, just an hour and a half’s drive from Christchurch. Its modern complex offers eight comfortable studio units, all with either king or queen-sized beds, and a two bedroom apartment. Each unit has its own balcony or patio overlooking La Rochelle’s beautiful native garden and stream – expect to wake to the sound of birdsong in the morning.
From La Rochelle Motel, it’s just a short stroll down to sunny cafes on Akaroa’s famous Rue Lavaud, where you can pick up a warm, buttery croissant in the morning – Rona’s Café is a La Rochelle favourite. Rue Lavaud is also home to award-winning resaturant The Little Bistro, as well as other great local fare. You can stroll off all that delicious food on the nearby walking trails, in the village’s art galleries and boutiques, or along the waterfront, looking out onto Akaroa Bay.
Akaroa is perfectly positioned as a base for exploring the entire Banks Peninsula region, where you can see penguin colonies, swim with dolphins, and foot it up the hills to find some of the South Island’s best views.
The eight studio motel units at La Rochelle Motel include an accessible ground-floor unit and a two-bedroom holiday apartment. The units are all comfortable and quiet, with double-glazed windows, cooking facilities and en suite bathrooms. Each has free Wi-Fi access as well as an LCD TV, DVD player and iPod dock or bluetooth speakers for a bit of in-room entertainment. Three of the studio units have spa baths for a hot soak at the end of the day.
La Rochelle’s guest units are all smoke-free, but there are designated outdoor spaces for smoking. The motel has its own off-street parking, as well as a range of facilities including a guest laundry, free use of a high chair or portable cot, and the option of a continental breakfast. Guests can also borrow complimentary leisure equipment for playing the traditional French game of pétanque, a round of tennis at the local courts or a fishing session at the harbour.