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The 5 Best Nail Salons in Christchurch for Nails that Last

Have you ever had one of those unfortunate ‘do-it-yourself’ beauty disasters? My last attempt to save a few dollars by painting my own nails ended in what looked like a toddler’s art project—a far cry from the sleek, Instagram-worthy nails I was aiming for. 

Don’t even get me started on my attempt to do acrylics at home—I think I nearly broke my nails. So, needless to say, doing nails isn’t my forte.

But as someone with a penchant for scouting out trending spots and a relentless love for bargains, I set out to find the best nail salons in Christchurch. Here are the nail salons that made it onto my list. 

How much does it cost to get your nails done at a nail salon in Christchurch, NZ?

Expect to spend at least 23 NZD on a basic manicure and at least 49 NZD on a basic pedicure. These prices are just estimates and will vary depending on whether you get acrylics, gel, nail art, or other services.

How I Chose

Reputation: I scoured through Yelp, Google Reviews, and Instagram tags and even talked to actual customers to get real feedback. The salons with rave reviews and high ratings naturally piqued my interest and made it onto my shortlist.
Quality of Services: I examined the range of services offered, from classic manicures and pedicures to the latest nail art trends and therapeutic treatments. Salons with a comprehensive menu, nice ambience, and well-trained staff got extra brownie points.
Pricing and Offers: I compared prices to ensure that the salons offered value for money without compromising quality. Special promotions, loyalty programmes, and package deals were also considered.
Social Media Presence: I evaluated the salons’ activity and engagement on Instagram and Facebook. A well-curated feed showcasing their work, promotions, and interaction with followers indicated a nail salon that prided itself on staying connected and trendy.

1. Luxurious Spa & Nails 

ADDRESSWestfield Riccarton, Level 1/129 Riccarton Road, Riccarton, Christchurch 8041, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS+64 800 589 888

OPERATING HOURSSaturday, Monday to Wednesday - 9 AM to 6 PM

Thursday & Friday - 9 AM to 9 PM

Sunday - 10 AM to 5 PM

Luxurious Spa & Nails is a solid choice for standard nail services, offering comfort and convenience at a reasonable price. If you’re in Westfield Riccarton and need a quick pamper session, it’s certainly worth a visit. 

As someone who appreciates a bit of pampering amidst a busy shopping day, I believe this salon truly hit the mark in terms of location.

Upon entering, the friendly staff instantly made me feel welcome. They offered me various services and guided me through the options without any pressure. 

The prices were relatively affordable, especially given the posh and clean atmosphere. I ended up getting a classic manicure and pedicure. 

While my manicure was impeccable, and the hand massage was amazing, the pedicure felt rushed. I noticed a few rough spots around the nails. Also, their options are fairly basic, so they might fall short if you’re into detailed or intricate nail art.


  • Convenient Westfield Riccarton location
  • Welcoming and friendly staff
  • Affordable prices
  • Impeccable manicures
  • Amazing hand massages


  • Pedicures can be rushed
  • Limited nail art options

Customer Reviews

Very happy that there’s a quality nail salon 

“Kristika did a great job with my gel nails and finished off with a hand massage. I was done in 30 mins and was impressed at her multi-tasking between the two of us while also handling queries from the front of the store from walk-ins. They seemed a bit short-staffed, but they’ve only been open a week and are finding their feet. Very happy that there’s a quality nail salon available at Westfield Riccarton to give Professionail a run for their money. From my one visit, I estimate their service, professionalism, and communication to be much better than their competitor Professionail.”

I absolutely love my leopard nails 

“Thank kris I absolutely love my leopard nails and so does everyone at work. Was so nice to meet all of you at Luxurious spa & nails. Such an awesome team!”

2. VS Nails 

ADDRESS9 Kingsbridge West, Burwood, Christchurch 8083, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS+64 28 416 5582

OPERATING HOURSMonday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday - 8:30 AM to 3 PM

VS Nails does manicures, soothing pedicures, acrylic extensions, gel polish, and more.

Although I didn’t get my nails done, my friend opted for a gel manicure with nail art and was quite pleased with the result.

Her nail technician was highly skilled and meticulous, ensuring every aspect was just right. She guided my friend in selecting colours and designs that perfectly suited her style.

With their top-notch service and attention to detail, VS Nails is an excellent choice for indulging without breaking the bank.

However, while our overall experience was positive, we did overhear some customers expressing frustration with communication issues. It appeared there were some misunderstandings regarding nail designs or preferences. 


  • Cosy, modern salon
  • Wide range of colours & designs
  • Skilled & meticulous nail technicians
  • Affordable prices


  • Potential communication issues
  • Misunderstandings about designs/preferences

Customer Reviews

Can’t stop gawking at my own hands 

“So thankful for my appointment! I had my nails done for the first time in years thanks to my old job. This was as much a celebration as it was a treat. Victoria was incredibly welcoming alongside professional and so knowledgeable. Can’t stop gawking at my own hands haha. Thank you so much! Already rebooked because she is phenomenal!”

She did a fantastic job on my feet 

“Loved my pedicure with Victoria! She was professional and kind – she was so understanding and willing to work with me to find a time that worked with me. She did a fantastic job on my feet (which desperately needed care!) She had a cup of peppermint tea waiting for me and the salon was beautiful and clean. I will definitely be back!”

3. 1999 House of Nails

ADDRESSLevel 1/87 Manchester Street, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
OPERATING HOURSMonday & Wednesday - 9 AM to 6 PM

Tuesday & Thursday & Friday - 9:30 AM to 7 PM

Saturday - 9:30 AM to 6 PM

1999 House of Nails’ decor is chic yet comfortable. The warm welcome from the staff immediately put me at ease. This time, I got Gel X extensions with a cat-eye finish. 

My nails looked and felt fantastic—something you don’t always get at other salons. The results were impeccable, and my extensions stayed chip-free longer than usual.

It’s clear they are exceptionally skilled and creative with other designs, such as French tips, six nail art, and more, as I saw some others leaving with absolutely stunning nails as well. This versatility makes it a great spot for any nail care need.

The only downside is that booking in advance is a must. Their popularity means slots fill up quickly, so it can be difficult to get a same-day appointment. 

Also, the prices are a bit higher than other places in Christchurch. But honestly, the level of service and the quality of the products justify the cost.


  • Chic, comfortable salon
  • Welcoming staff
  • Impeccable, long-lasting Gel X extensions
  • Skilled and creative nail techs


  • Booking in advance is necessary 
  • Slightly higher prices than other salons

Customer Reviews

I would never use another salon again 

The quality and attention to detail is absolutely outstanding. This is the very first nail salon where I feel genuinely cared for and pampered. My nail growth is insane since I’ve been using house of nails i would never use another salon again and they are beautiful everytime. Thank you Sandy for being my main gal ❤️ and thank you team and Tri for providing such a amazing place and experience.”

10/10 service all round 

My experience was so amazing!! i got gel extensions with nail art done by Nghi and they came out even better than i wanted them ❤️ all the staff are so friendly, the waiting area is gorgeous and the place smells amazing unlike lots of other nail salons. 10/10 service all round and would highly recommend coming here ❤️❤️”

4. Permanent Makeup – Nails – Lashes

ADDRESS16 English Street, Sockburn, Christchurch 8042, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS+64 27 344 3271

OPERATING HOURSMonday to Saturday - 9:30 AM to 6 PM

If you’re looking to pamper yourself with some stellar nail art in a cosy, in-house studio, Permanent Makeup Nails is the place to go. 

When I went, I was handed a steaming cup of tea while I waited to be called in for my appointment. Those little gestures can make all the difference, don’t you think?

Mary (the main nail tech) is nothing short of a wizard with those nail tools. She meticulously shaped each nail to perfection, taking her sweet time to ensure every detail was just right. 

The results? Absolute perfection. My nails were flawlessly shaped, and the polish was impeccable.

The only thing is I had to wait nearly a week to snag an appointment. Definitely worth the wait, but it’s something to keep in mind if you’re used to more spontaneous salon visits. 


  • Amazing nail art
  • Cosy, in-house studio
  • Skilled and meticulous nail technician
  • Relaxing atmosphere with thoughtful touches like tea


  • Appointments are necessary 
  • Can have a long wait time.

Customer Reviews

She has a lovely manner and works from her in home studio

“Mary has done a wonderful job, today was my 2nd time visiting her and I am so happy with my nails! I especially appreciate how she is helping me grow out my old acrylics to prevent more damage to my nails. She has a lovely manner and works from her in home studio. Can’t wait for my next set in a couple weeks!”

Highly recommend the friendly welcoming team 

“Fantastic find in Christchurch.  Had a broken nail and needed a freshen up. Normally live in the North Island and thought I would take a chance.  So glad I did.  Been getting my nails done for over 20 years and this was by far one of the best experiences I have had.  Highly recommend the friendly welcoming team who did an a outstanding job.  Wish I lived closer so they could become my “usual”.  Thanks team”

5. Swanky Nails by Tania

ADDRESSGow Place, Woolston, Christchurch 8062, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS+64 27 555 6864

OPERATING HOURSMonday & Tuesday - 10 AM to 6 PM

Wednesday & Thursday - 10 AM to 9 PM

Friday - 10 AM to 5 PM

Swanky Nails boasts a wide array of services, ranging from the essentials like a classic manicure to the more creative demands of intricate nail art. 

During my visit, I chose a gel manicure. Despite a slight imperfection on one nail, the overall appearance of my nails was smooth and nearly flawless.

Thankfully, it’s not dead silent at her salon. She engages in friendly chat and ensures that comfort is a priority.

While Tania’s attention to detail is usually quite remarkable, there can be the odd occasion when a design does not turn out exactly as envisioned. 

Moreover, while most of her services are reasonably priced, some of the more elaborate nail art options might feel steep for those on a tighter budget.


  • Extensive range of services
  • Friendly atmosphere & comfy experience
  • Reasonable prices for simple nail designs


  • Nail art can sometimes be hit or miss
  • Some elaborate designs might be pricey

Customer Reviews

Great nail technician and cares about your hands 

“Great nail technician and cares about your hands and nail. Lovely clean fresh environment Fully recomend her for any body who is looking for a new nail tech”

Highly recommend Tania to anyone 

“Tania was amazing, very professional and was able to fit me in when I was mucked around by another nail artist. I highly recommend Tania to anyone who is wanting a fantastic service”