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The Arts Centre

2 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
+64 3-366 0989
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Visit the Arts Centre and immerse yourself in a beautiful historic precinct that features a growing range of artisan food outlets, galleries, museums, 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. Whether you’re after a coffee, want to enjoy a performance or are simply looking for a relaxing spot in the sun, head to the Arts Centre.
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“stone work” (2 reviews)
“great art” (2 reviews)
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2 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
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+64 3-366 0989
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"walk around"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A must see. One of the few complexes that have been well restored since the earthquake. It’s beautiful and hold the key to some of Christchurch’s early history

Thank ronikim
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Reviewed 16 March 2018

Since the earthquake repairs have been finished in part of the centre it really looks amazing. A fantastic job. The tourist office is now located here as I found by chance

Thank DavidGA986
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Reviewed 27 February 2018 via mobile

The buildings are slowly being brought back to life after the quake damage. There are a few you can now walk around. The room with the art works in was a total disappointed.

Thank Paul_n_Cris
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Reviewed 25 February 2018

The old grey stone building are now reopened after the quake,it has taken a long time and the stone work is now looking great.Sadly many of the services that had to move out have not returned but other now fill the space.

Thank Julia G
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Reviewed 21 February 2018 via mobile

We popped in here and the ground floor was all quaint little shops and cafes - worth a visit for jewellery or food.

Thank AnanB
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Reviewed 29 January 2018

Lovely old building with courtyard and cafe. The Art Centre has something for everyone not just "arty types".

Thank Jane B
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Reviewed 4 January 2018

The Arts Centre in Christchurch is perhaps the most beautiful building complex in New Zealand. Despite of the massive destruction in the 2011 earthquake, it is still in a relatively good shape. Visitors can walk around and appreciate the grandeur of the former campus of...More

Thank Leon L
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Reviewed 13 December 2017

At first, I passed this building because I just walked out of the museum by the Botanic garden. The Arts Center building looks so beautiful, it was a portion of Canterbury college. What's more, there was a exhibition about Rutherford, a great scientist who studied...More

Thank 友 張
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Reviewed 1 December 2017 via mobile

In the same location as tourist info centre. Contains various artisans showing photography, glassware, jewellery, pottery and wooden products. Has lift. Good spot to visit as close to Christ Burch art gallery, museum and botanic park. Can spend 30-60min T this location. Would I recommend...More

Thank Oleh C
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Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

The great hall is open again and it was wonderful to go to a show there! The arts centre is aa visual feast and I'm so glad that it's being saved

Thank julznz
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