use; the central heating system runs off a heat pump technology of approx. 1:3 ratio. Also, to help retain heat, during the renovation the building was insulated, and double glazing was installed. In the future, Eco Villa intends to install solar panels and car charging stations.
‘In the heart of the thriving city of Christchurch, also known as ‘The Garden City’, the Botanical Gardens are a must for travellers. Guests can enjoy the edible garden, organic breakfast and the outdoor baths.’
- Close to Christchurch city centre
- Family rooms available
- Free bikes available for guests
- Private outdoor baths
- Organic edible garden on-site
- Edible garden tour for guests
- Worm farm & on-site compost
- Water technology to reduce consumption
- Members of the Sustainable Business Network
- Check-in: 3:00pm
- Find out more with Behind the Green>
Minimum stay: 1 night
Equivalent price per night: $126 NZD (approx. $83 USD)
Christchurch has a large number of public parks and residential gardens with many trees, giving Christchurch its name of ‘The Garden City’. Eco Villa is very close to the well-known Christchurch Botanic Gardens and North & South Hagley parks (5-10 min drive). Other places of interest include:
- Willowbank Wildlife Reserve – native animals & a maori cultural show, 16 min drive (12km)
- Styx Mill Conservation Reserve, 14 min drive (10km)
- Bottle Lake Forest Park, 15 min drive (10km)
- Travis Wetland Nature Heritage Park, 16 min drive (11km)
- Victoria Park, 16 min drive (9km)
- Quail Island, 40 min drive (30km)
- Lake Ellesmere, 1h drive (60km)
- Christchurch Gondola – sightseeing cablecar, 13 min drive (9km)
Eco Villa is located in Christchurch, New Zealand, which is the 3rd most popular city in New Zealand (by population). This thriving city lies in Canterbury, on the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island, with the Avon River flowing through the city centre.
Christchurch’s oceanic climate means it has a mild summer, cool winter and regular moderate rainfall.
- Distance from Airport: Christchurch International Airport, 15 min drive (11km)
- Key attraction: Christchurch Botanic Gardens, 5-10 min drive (2.7km)
- Nearby Restaurant: INATI Restaurant, 13 min walk/3 min drive (1km), the owners would personally recommend this restaurant
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EnergyLED lighting has been installed throughout the building, with timers that turn off all external lights after a certain time. Power consumption is monitored and controlled to ensure efficient...
WaterFlow reducers have been installed in all the showers to reduce water consumption. Shower domes were installed which stops steam escaping and reduces the amount of hot water...Read More >>
used (as people don’t usually run their showers as hot when they are in this capsule). Water is heated with a commercial hot water heat pump which operates on a 1:4 efficiency ratio, as this is more efficient than solar due to the nature of a hotel’s water requirements. And a grey water reuse system is in the process of being implemented there.
WasteThe villa offers reusable bags for guests to shop with, as well as reusing containers from take-away items, to reduce plastic waste. They have a strict waste and recycling process in place, a worm farm...Read More >>
for all food scraps, as well as an on-site compost which feeds/fertilises the edible garden.
ConservationEco Villa is currently working on this criteria, watch this space!
FoodEco Villa have their own edible organic garden, so depending on what’s in season, guests are able to utilise the produce. They also offer a ‘zero-waste’ breakfast which includes foods, such as nuts...Read More >>
milks, coconut yoghurt, compotes, muesli and banana bread) that are all made on-site with zero packaging. Everything else is sourced from local artisans, with plastic free or mostly reusable/returnable packaging.
Engage GuestsGuests are encouraged to use eco-friendly methods of transport at Eco Villa, there are 4 free mountain bikes available for guest use. They also offer an ‘edible garden tour’ which is an interactive tour...Read More >>
where guests will learn about soil health, composting and mulching. They will have the chance to taste many different herbs and see local fruits and vegetables, with a freshly picked herbal tea with a homemade treat or a freshly picked green salad at the end of the tour.
ArchitectureAfter being damaged as a result of the 2011 Christchurch earthquake, Nisha and Evan bought the ‘grand old lady’ (Eco Villa) with the vision of creating a more sustainable future for the building. It was...Read More >>
renovated with the environment in mind; almost all materials were reused and recycled, salvaging all usable timber from the building to create furniture, headboards and timber kitchen. Bricks were also salvaged, being either sold for repurposing or reused in the Eco Villa landscaping. The decking is also made from recycled plastic, and a recycled plastic & pebble driveway.
HousekeepingAll-natural cleaning products are used at Eco Villa, with their main products coming from PureBiotics. Shampoo, conditioner and soap for guests is from a local all-natural company called Linden leaves, in...Read More >>
which they reuse all containers and get refills from the local company to reduce plastic waste. They also make their own essential oil room sprays. They support an environmentally friendly local business, by purchasing their linen supplies and laundry service. This local business is Apparelmaster Christchurch who have done a lot in terms of their own sustainability practices and they are active contributors to Fiordland Wapiti Foundation who are involved in all sorts of projects related to the preservation of the wapiti type feral deer herd and other wildlife in the Fiordland National Park.
Kiwano BonusEco Villa supports other businesses that try to be sustainable as possible by selling their items in a little shop for guests. And they also support all natural, plastic free products like Ethique...Read More >>
skincare range, and local artisan chocolate from SHE Universe. Eco Villa are members of the Sustainable Business Network, which enables them to host events around the topic of sustainability and connect with other businesses with a similar ethos.
"Great passion and love for sustainability."
A fantastic place, beautifully renovated rooms in a charming villa. Comes with outstanding hospitality, done with great passion and love for sustainability. Great place to explore Christchurch!
"Lovely place to stay!"
A home away from home. Friendly and social, but also respect your privacy. Clean and comfortable. Enjoyed the outdoor baths! And handy location too!
Sverre, Google Reviews
"Perfect balance close to central city"
We stayed with our young family and really enjoyed the experience. We try to reduce our waste and found the work they had done to do the same inspiring. I don't think I have ever stayed anywhere that does such a great job of balancing ease of use for guests and environmental considerations.
"Cannot recommend this place enough."
Really beautiful accommodation. Bed was super comfy. I particularly loved having use of a courtesy bike to get around town (Christchurch is amazingly flat). For the romantics or the relaxed, try the outdoor bath! Breakfast was great too with awesome homemade almond milk and homemade coconut yoghurt.
Celia, Google Reviews
" Good access to central Christchurch"
The property was nicely located, with good access to central Christchurch. It was a fairly short, pleasant walk into the city centre area. The staff are very friendly, the beds were clean and comfortable, and the breakfast was excellent!
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