In 1874 Professor Alexander Bickerton became the first professor of Chemistry at Canterbury College. He was acknowledged as a brilliant teacher, remaining in this role until 1902. Ernest Rutherford was his most famous pupil. Professor Bickerton was a somewhat unconventional figure in early Christchurch.
He built a large house called ‘Wainoni’ with the aim of establishing a new form of society. This was unsuccessful, so he turned the property into a garden where thousands came to watch performances, including naval battles with real explosives, shipwrecks and rescues staged on an artificial lake.
Professor Bickerton’s controversial views on many topics including university reform and the institution of marriage finally led to him being sacked from the University. He returned to England in 1910 and died in 1929. The year before his death he was made Professor Emeritus of Canterbury College.
Situated on the ground floor of The Classic Villa, this Super Deluxe Room has traditional polished timber floors, kauri doors, ornate plaster ceiling roses, wood fire effect heater, luxury bedding, and mirrored wardrobes to capture the intimacy of yesteryear.
Enjoy views of the Christchurch Arts Centre, the Christchurch Tram and the Christchurch’s New Zealand famous Worcester pedestrian boulevard.
The Classic Villa hotel accommodation is only steps away from the Christchurch Art Gallery, museum and botanic gardens.
In your bedroom
• Luxury Queen lead light Rimu bed
• Sheepskin underlay
• Electric blanket
• Wool-down duvet
• Wood fire effect heater
• 20.5 inch LCD flatscreen TV
• Sky Sport and CNN
• Direct dial phone
• Free high-speed broadband Internet connection
• Wireless WiFi connection
• Clock radio
• Light dimmers
• Writing desk
• Porcelain tiles and vanity
• Massage shower
• Underfloor heating
• Fan heater
• Heated towel rail
• Heated mirror
• Complementary toiletries
• Tour bookings
• On-site car parking
This room has a total surface area of 25sq meters (270sq feet), offering you spacious, luxurious hotel living right in Christchurch, New Zealand’s most desirable location in the center of the city.
On-site car parking available upon request.
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