The Tannery is a boutique shopping, dining, arts and entertainment emporium on the banks of the Heathcote River. Located in an old industrial precinct from the 19th century, the site was home to the Woolston Tanneries from the 1870s. European settlement saw Woolston develop into an important industrial area, further facilitated by the local railway line that connected Christchurch and the Port of Lyttleton. The last of the tanneries on the Woolston site closed in 1959 and in 1994 iconic Christchurch businessman Alasdair Cassels brought the historic site.
Fast forward 15 years to 2009 and the Cassels & Sons Brewing Co. was formed and began making beer on site at The Tannery. Cassels & Sons Brewing Co. are one of the few breweries in the world that can boast using glacier water via artesian wells to create award-winning beers. In recent years brewing capacity has increased and the brewery has gotten bigger, but the original wood-fired copper kettle where it all began can still be seen in action in brew-bar The Brewery.
Construction of The Tannery’s retail atrium commenced in early 2012. Today it’s home to more than 50 unique shops, restaurants and bars. Since its birth, The Tannery has evolved unassumingly into Christchurch’s premier retail destination. A place where a belief in family, heritage and craftsmanship are lovingly combined to deliver an experience unique in Christchurch.
The ornate, Victorian-style complex is home to owner-operated and specialist shops you won’t find anywhere else. From fashion, shoes and jewellery, books, gifts and homewares, to recreation and leisure, crafts, dining, health and beauty services, there’s not a chain store in sight. This is the place for individuals to shop – people who love quality, ethical purchases and supporting artisans. Behind every store there’s a personality – someone passionate about bringing you the best hand-picked goods and memorable experiences. Visit to enjoy the city’s most iconic and charming retail destination.
Cassels & Son’s Brewery café/restaurant is famed for its relaxed family friendly atmosphere and extensive menu choices, including wood-fired pizzas and award-winning craft beers. It’s the perfect stop for a gourmet wood-fired pizza, a fresh salad, or a hearty breakfast.
Deluxe Cinemas believe watching a good film should be a fine experience. Showcasing an outstanding line up of quality movie entertainment, two boutique cinemas offer movie goers comfy seats, wide aisles, hand rolled ice creams, gourmet hot nuts, cheese boards, fresh coffee, craft beers and a curated wine list, sure to enhance your premium movie going experience.
- 3 Garlands Road, Christchurch, New Zealand