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Welcome to the Akaroa Criterion Motel

Located just meters away from Akaroa's iconic Daly’s Wharf The Akaroa Criterion offers you the perfect spot for your next holiday in Akaroa. Boasting 12 Super King rooms over three floors, an ideal spot to get away and relax. With beautiful harbour views and a stone's throw away from some of the best dining and entertainment Akaroa has to offer, we provide the ultimate retreat just 90 minutes away from Christchurch.

Choose from our array of rooms, each featuring either a balcony or patio, the perfect spot to unwind and enjoy a refreshing drink while soaking in the panoramic views. Recently upgraded, every room now boasts modern amenities, including air conditioning in the summer and underfloor heating during the winter, unlimited high-speed wifi, and a well-equipped kitchenette. The Akaroa Criterion ensures a seamless blend of comfort and luxury, promising a memorable stay in this charming French coastal town.

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Winter Promotion

Stay three nights, pay for two!

This offer is valid from now until the end of September 2024. It is exclusively available when booked directly through our website. Payment is taken on check-in. Book now to unlock your winter getaway, or get in touch with us if you'd like to hear more.

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About Us

We bought the motel back in 2016 with the dream of owning and running a business together. Akaroa was the perfect place to do this. We have fallen in love with the community, the lifestyle and the view. Now we can’t see ourselves ever leaving. Our vision for the motel is to provide you with a luxurious comfortable space for you to unwind and recharge. We're excited to share all our favourite spots to dine, walks with the best views and activities that will not only make you smile but at times take your breath away.  We can’t wait for you to visit us so we can show you why Akaroa is our favourite place to be.
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About Akaroa

On the edge of an extinct volcano and only an 85-kilometre scenic drive from Christchurch International Airport or Christchurch city centre, Akaroa is a historic village settled by Maori, followed by French and British colonial settlement. With its heritage architecture, craft stores, cafés, restaurants and boutique shops, it is a delightful place for your next holiday.

Our name, Maison Par Quay is French for 'House by the Wharf,' which is very fitting with our uninterrupted views of Daly's Wharf perched on the seaside. While staying you can stroll up and down the boardwalk to gain a different perspective of the breathtaking views. Originally built between 1863 and 1865 it's quite something to see the 100-year-old FOX II ketch pull up to the wharf each day for tours.