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The Arts Centre

Visit the Arts Centre and immerse yourself in a beautiful historic precinct that features a growing range of artisan food outlets, galleries, independent retailers and education spaces.
The former university has been a part of city life for more than 135 years, and its unique Gothic Revival buildings are coming back to life following a remarkable post-earthquake restoration.

The Arts Centre is the largest collection of Category 1 heritage buildings in the country, providing a stunning backdrop like no other in New Zealand.

More than half the site is now open to the public, with the meticulously restored buildings cleverly tailored for a 21st century community.

The Arts Centre’s Great Hall is open daily to the public for no charge, as are the beautifully restored North and South quadrangles – the perfect places to reflect on your journey. Market Square is surrounded by artisan food outlets, meaning you can grab a bite to eat before sitting down to absorb and enjoy the surroundings.

A charity held in trust for the people of Canterbury and its visitors, the Arts Centre is committed to supporting and fostering the arts, culture, education and creativity. This means you’ll often encounter events and performances during your visit.

Many of Canterbury’s most famous academics began their studies at the site now known as the Arts Centre, including Ernest, Lord Rutherford, whose science famously led to the splitting of the atom. Rutherford’s Den at the Arts Centre is an interactive science museum dedicated to his memory, giving you the chance to enjoy hands-on activities in the actual rooms where Rutherford studied.

A visit to the Arts Centre will put you at the heart of a thriving cultural precinct five minutes walk from the central city. Make a day of it by also taking in the nearby Canterbury Museum, Christchurch Art Gallery and Botanic Gardens.

For maps and the latest on news and events, visit:

2 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch, New Zealand
03 366 0989