What’s New In the Heart of Christchurch

05 Sep What’s New In the Heart of Christchurch

It’s an exciting time in central Christchurch, come and visit the central city to find out what’s new!

The city is buzzing with the opening of new retail precincts, the new bars and restaurants in The Terrace, new cafes around Cashel Street and new parking buildings in the city. 

The Terrace

The terrace is previously known as the strip, fronting onto the Avon River and just a short walk from the Bridge of Remembrance. The riverfront itself has been enhanced by the addition of a set of steps designed to encourage people to sit and relax, and enjoy the buzz of the city going on around. The Terrace is now home to the Terrace Tavern, Amazonita, Bangalore Polo Club, Craft Embassy, Botanic, Amaterrace Teppanyaki and other bars and restaurants. 

Street Art

Did you know Christchurch is ranked alongside New York, Barcelona, Berlin and London as one of the street art capitals of the world in a new Lonely Planet Book! Check our these most Instagrammble spots of Christchurch: Watch This Space! Do it for the ‘Gram’ #Christchurch! 


Many people would ask where to park when come to the city!! We have good news for you, you can now enjoy the first hour for FREE when parking at the Lichfield Street or Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū parking buildings.

Coming up 

Central Christchurch Hoyts Cinema 

The seven-screen complex will also have a food precinct on the ground floor with 17 dining outlets, two very large cinema screens and two screens featuring luxury seating and food-and-drink service. It is currently under construction on the corner of Lichfield and Colombo streets, just opposite the bus interchange, it is expected to open later this year. 

Tūranga the new central library

The New Central Library and South island’s biggest library Tūranga is due to open this year as well, we are super excited about this! It will be a cultural hub in the city and it will be the place to go to study, swap ideas, try new technology (the biggest digital “touch wall” in NZ) and socialise! What’s more exciting, you can now apply your library membership, and yes, you are eligible to apply as an international student, click here for more information!