Monday, 26 October 2009

“Rainbow Colour Jean,” - production crew

Kansai TV, Japan has a programme called “Rainbow Colour Jean,” a live entertainment & information programme including traveling & life-style sections. The production crew stayed with us while in Christchurch.

We tagged along to watch the shooting. You can see Jean-chan next to the cameraman in the photo. Have a close look and you can see that Jean-chan has the marks of being a very busy world traveller.

The crew were flat out from the time they arrived till the time they left and so we should be able to see Christchurch being introduced in a good light! Its going to be broadcast in November on Kansai TV.

Thursday, 15 October 2009

2 years till Rugby World Cup 2011

Every time we go to AMI Stadium for a Crusaders / Canterbury game (rugby) we can see how the new Deans Stand is coming along. It’s being built for the 2011 Rugby World Cup, now less than 2 years away.

The Deans Stand is named after the Deans Family, one of the oldest families in Canterbury, which has contributed players and coaches to Canterbury and the All Blacks. Robbie Deans is currently coaching the Wallabies (Australian national team) because the NZ Rugby Union kept the current All Blacks coach even though we lost the world cup (but that’s another story!).

Put this date in your diaries, Saturday 7 August 2010. The first international at the new AMI Stadium. All Blacks v Australia. We’ll be there.

We took this photo last Friday when Canterbury played Manawatu. It was a great game with Richie, Dan, Brad Thorn, Keiren Read all playing. We 50-26!!! To keep the Ranfurly Shield in the South Island till next year.

At the Rugby World Cup, AMI Stadium will be hosting 5 pool matches and 2 Quarter Finals.

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Little River Rail Trail

Between 1886 and 1962 there was a railway line between Christchurch and Little River, a small town ½ way between Christchurch and Akaroa. The Little River Rail Trail has recently been developed and it is a refreshingly different way to enjoy the scenery!

The other day we checked it out. We rode from Motukarara to Little River which was 20kms. It took 2 ½ hours, hindered by a head wind in the first half and helped by a back wind in the second half.

Biking along the shore of Lake Ellesmere we were treated to a large range of birdlife but regretfully, lots of midges (a small fly like creature) to bike through made the scenery hard to see! A little further on we finally left them behind and it was oh so much more enjoyable!

At Little River we visited the craft/gift shop inside the old railway station to feel the history. It’s not all commercialised, there are a few historical displays to do some research on.

Then it was lunctime and we went to the Little River Café and Store. It is what it is called. There’s a café and store, but also an art gallery.

The display cabinet was a visual feast - we chose the bacon & egg tart, bacon and egg pie, a pinani and what turned out to be the best of all, soup of the day - Tomato and Coriander – delicious! They make almost everything there in the shop (the bread comes from Christchurch!)

A great place to drop into on the way to or back from Akaroa.

Thursday, 3 September 2009

CentrePoint on Colombo Motel New Sign

Our NEW sign was installed today, bringing new the CentrePoint on Colombo Brand together.

From a fractured beginging we now have our brand colours and logo in sync. After much consideration and going here and there, it was a simple one day job. The sign guys appeared in the morning with a ladder big enough to make any homehandyman more than green with envy. The olde sign came out and we spent a day with just 3 flourescent tubes! By the late afternoon it was up and looked very good in daytime. A few hours later we were able to confirm that it also looked great once the sun went down.

Sunday, 30 August 2009

The Ranfurly Shield is back in Canterbury!

The Log o’ Wood is home!

The Ranfurly Shield, also referred to as the Logo’ Wood and regarded as the greatest prize in New Zealand provincial rugby, is back in Canterbury! Our team beat Wellington 36 -14 to bring the Log o’ Wood home after a break of 2 years.

We went to Christchurch airport to congratulate our boys on a job well done (see photos and TV3 news clip) and got hold of the Shield for a while.

Now it’s our boy’s job to keep the Shield in Canterbury for as long as possible.
The first defence of the shield at AMI Stadium is against Otago on Sat. 12 Sept. followed by Taranaki on Fri. 18 Sept., Northland on Sat. 26 Sept. Manawatu on Fri 9 Oct. and finally against Southland on Thu. 22 Oct.

AMI Stadium is easy to get to from CentrePoint on Colombo Motel using either the Free Shuttle (approx 30 mins) or taxi (approx 10 mins) and after the game it’s just a short walk back into town to celebrate another Canterbury victory!

Book online to ensure your room to support either Canterbury or your own team!

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Spring is around the corner

Daffodils from the Cancer Society arrived yesterday just in time for Daffodil day on the 28th. The warm weather in Christchurch means they have all bloomed already!

Sunday, 16 August 2009

VELVET ~Surfing Journey in New Zealand Moa2~

CentrePoint on Colombo Motel is a proud sponsor of the Japanese movie "VELVET ~Surfing Journey in New Zealand Moa 2~. which was been released on DVD in Japan in July.

It follows on from Moa 1, the hit surfing journey around the North Island released the year before. Moa 2 is based around a journey of Japanese and American surfers in the South Island.

The film crew and surfers stayed here at CentrePoint on Colombo Motel while they surfed and filmed at Magnet Bay, Taylors Mistake and Brighton.

Monday, 16 February 2009


Super 14 Rugby Starts!

14 teams from New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa play each other once each over 3 months. We can proudly say that our local team, Crusaders, are regular champions, having won 7 titles in 12 years of Super 12 & 14 Rugby.

One of the highlights is being able to see regular members of the All Blacks, Wallabies and Springbok play. Crusaders have many present and past All Blacks including Richie McCaw (All Black captain) Leon McDonald, Brad Thorn and Kieran Read and it is this that leads to Canterbury being referred to as New Zealand's All Black breeding grounds!

If you are in town when a game is on, get down to AMI Stadium for some great entertainment. It's only a short walk from the centre of Christchurch.

The new Deans Stand, is being built at AMI Stadium and will be ready for the Rugby World Cup to be held in NZ in October 2011.

From CentrePoint on Colombo Motel, AMI Stadium can be accessed in about 30 minutes by using the free shuttle bus and a short walk. Many guests walk back to the Motel after the game, dropping in somewhere along the way to celebrate another Crusader's victory!! Tickets can be purchased at the park or at Ticketek in the Town Hall, 3 minutes walk from CentrePOint on Colombo Motel.

Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Who we are...

CentrePoint on Colombo Motel, the closest motel to Christchurch's city centre, offers guests a choice of self-contained and serviced accommodation.

With an enviable location on one of Christchurch's most central streets, CentrePoint on Colombo Motel is a popular motel choice for corporate and business travellers, family and social groups and individual travellers.

CentrePoint on Colombo Motel is owned and operated by Jeff and Naomi, with the help of their friendly staff. Jeff grew up in Christchurch and Naomi has studied at a local Christchurch high school. Jeff and Naomi's family grew up in Japan while they worked in international relations and finance. Both Naomi and Jeff speak fluent Japanese and English. After 18 years in Japan, it was time to return to New Zealand.
Our combined local experience and international exposure allows us to welcome guests with a unique combination of local knowledge and intercultural understanding.

Saturday, 31 January 2009

Hi from CentrePoint on Colombo Motel

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Closest Luxury Motel to the City CentreChristchurch, New Zealand.

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