eResearch NZ 2013 - Venue and Accommodation


eResearch NZ 2013 is the first major conference to be hosted at the University of Canterbury since the major earthquake of February 2011, and is a welcome return for events within the sector to Christchurch and the University.


Explore Christchurch and its amazing backyard, Canterbury.

This vibrant, picturesque city is surrounded by natural wonders – the sparkling Pacific Ocean, majestic Southern Alps and an ancient volcanic peninsula. Discover Canterbury’s lush vineyards, pristine glacial lakes, world-class natural wildlife experiences and Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park – all part of this region of remarkable contrasts.

Christchurch City

Intending travellers to Christchurch should be aware that the central city area of Christchurch and some of the city’s eastern suburbs suffered damage from significant earthquake events in September 2010 and again in February 2011. The city continues to experience occasional aftershock activity but not on the damaging scale of the initial seismic events.

The status of the city is as follows:

  • A small area of the Christchurch central business district called the “red zone” remains cordoned off from public access while underground infrastructure is repaired and demolition of damaged buildings is completed. Cathedral Square is currently in the cordoned off area. The “red zone” area will re-open in stages during 2012 as remedial work is completed.
  • More than 98% of the Christchurch City roading network is fully operational and all power, water and waste water services are operating normally.
  • Christchurch International Airport and Addington Railway Station have not been affected by any of the previous earthquake activity. All public transport systems and networks are operating normally.

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University of Canterbury

eResearch 2013 will be held at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, the largest city in New Zealand’s South Island. University of Canterbury was established in 1873, Canterbury College, as the University was originally known, was only the second university in New Zealand. It was set up on the Oxbridge model with one major difference: women students were admitted from the start. An early graduate, Helen Connon, became the first woman in the then British Empire to win honours.

Canterbury offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in some 50 disciplines, from accountancy to zoology. It has a number of specialist research centres and operates five major field stations at Kaikoura, Mt John (University Observatory), Cass, Westport and Harihari.

Central Lecture Block, Ilam Campus

The Symposium sessions will be held on the Ilam Campus in the Central Lecture Block. Venue Map.

Further History

More information on the university's history is available on its website.


With the number of disruptions within Christchurch due to the earthquakes, please check this website for the most up to date travel information:

University of Canterbury transport and parking information

The Transport page provides information on cycling, walking, carpooling, busing and driving to the university.

The Parking page outlines where to park if you are bringing your own vehicle.

Maps of University of Canterbury are also available.

Taxis and Shuttles

Please access the university via the Forestry Road or Arts Road, Ilam entrances. Ask to stop at the end of Arts Road.


The closest bus stops to the university are:

  • Creyke Road, bus 23, stops at platform 32122/32114
  • University Drive, Metrostar bus stops at platform 38735/38742
  • Clyde Road, bus 120 stops at platform 13135/13254
  • Ilam Road, buses 21, 3, Orbiter and Metrostar stop at platform 38719/39687

The university also provides bus information on its website.

To access real-time information, visit The venue is Central Lecture Theatres, near the centre of the university.

Christchurch International Airport

Christchurch International Airport is New Zealand’s tourism gateway. It is serviced by several domestic airlines flying to key destinations around New Zealand. The airport is located only 15 minutes’ drive (12km) northwest of the city centre.


Special accommodation rates are available for participants at the hotels listed below.

You can book accommodation when registering for the conference.

The special rates are only available through the online registration system and cannot be guaranteed after Friday 31 May 2013.

The conference organisers have produced a Google Map showing these accommodation options relative to the venue.

The Chateau on the Park
189 Deans Avenue
Deluxe Room $164 per night (includes breakfast and 500MB of internet)
Premier Room $199 per night (includes breakfast and 500MB of internet)

Whether you are visiting Christchurch New Zealand for business or pleasure, the peaceful garden retreat of The Chateau on the Park will provide all you need.

The Chateau on the Park is a resort style hotel nestled between Hagley Park and the beautiful gardens of Mona Vale. Set amongst 5 acres of beautifully maintained gardens, the hotel offers tranquillity and seclusion that you would normally expect to find miles from a city.

The Chateau is the closest four star hotel to the Christchurch Railway Station, the CBS Arena Exhibition and Entertainment Centre and to the large western business district including Addington, Riccarton and Sockburn

Commodore – Copthorne Hotel
449 Memorial Drive
Premium Room $220 per night

You can be assured of a tranquil stay complete with indoor swimming pool, spa, sauna and gymnasium, onsite tennis court. Relax on The Terrace, our new outdoor entertainment experience featuring outdoor dining option with gas fire and LCD television. Comprehensive WiFi throughout the Hotel including complimentary internet in the Hotel lounge.

Ibis Hotel
107 Hereford Street
Standard King Room $169 per night

Ibis Christchurch is ready to welcome you. Adjacent to the new shopping heart of Christchurch, Cashell Mall. The "pop up" shopping precinct is the new vibrant heart of the city, featuring many new designer shops and modern cafes. Ibis Hotel Christchurch is very close to the famous Cathedral Square, the historic heart of the city providing easy access to the outer lying attractions and the airport.