Special Rates Arts Centre in the heart of the city


Entire serviced apartment hosted by Graham

8 guests, 4 bedrooms, 4 beds, 4 baths
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Check out my profile for other room options. Located in the heart of Christchurch within the cultural precinct, just a one minute walk to the Canterbury Museum, Botanic Gardens, Christchurch Art Gallery, and tramways, you will be wowed by this stunning space.

You will love the views of Arts Centre's historic buildings. With a 1920's art deco style art-house cinema and bar right outside your door you'll never want to leave.

The space
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During the year the Creative Residence is home to an array of talented travelling artists and academics. From January to March 2020, you have the unique opportunity to experience it yourself!

A precious New Zealand landmark with a rich history right in the heart of Ōtautahi Christchurch, The Arts Centre is a hub of arts, culture, education, creativity and heritage dating back to 1877 when it housed Canterbury College (now the University of Canterbury) and Christchurch Girls’ and Boys’ high schools.

The key national cultural landmark is home to the country's largest collection of category one (New Zealand's most important) heritage buildings. The Gothic Revival buildings were designed by Benjamin Mountfort, one of New Zealand’s most prominent 19th-century architects, and his peers.

Since 1978 it has been The Arts Centre, an independent charitable trust for the people of Canterbury and its visitors. Your stay supports the trust's work - thank you!

Since extensive damage in the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes, a desire to restore the past while creating a vibrant future is at the heart of the $250 million restoration, which is the largest restoration programme of its type in the world. Since the first restored and strengthened building reopened in 2013, the restoration is now more than two-thirds complete. The restoration of the Great Hall and Clock Tower buildings won a Merit Award in the UNESCO Asia‐Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation in 2017.

Today The Arts Centre is both a significant heritage landmark, and a platform for modern activities and experiences. It is a destination home to 27 organisations, including museums, performance companies, galleries, artisans, independent retailers, award winning hospitality establishments and much more. In 2018 its unique spaces welcomed 650,000 visitors.

The centre has a growing programme of dynamic events for the community and visitors, including the Matariki festival, Great Hall Lunchtime Concert Series, Leighs Construction Outdoor Cinema, school holiday science and craft workshops, talks and exhibitions, markets and more. It also partners with and is a major venue host for Beca Heritage Week, Bread & Circus – World Buskers Festival, and SCAPE Public Art.

You can find out more about their history and what's on by visiting their website.

The Arts Centre has wide appeal to people of all ages and from all places, whether they participate as thinkers or creators or as audience members. It is also a place where visitors are awed, not only by the beautiful architecture and wonderful history, but by their experiences and the willingness of locals to linger with them and chat in a space they are proud to call their own.

Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
1 king bed
Bedroom 3
1 king bed

What this place offers

Free parking on premises
Washing machine
Air conditioning
Hair dryer
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Where you’ll be

Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand

The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora plays host to many unique spaces leased to both commercial and community-based enterprises, and with a focus on creative spaces and boutique retail.

More information can be found at The Arts Centre's website.

Two museums, Rutherford's Den and the Teece Museum of Antiquities, are based onsite, with Canterbury Museum and Christchurch Botanic Garden just across the road. Christchurch Art Gallery is diagonally opposite the site. Rekindle runs Resourceful Skills arts workshops onsite, and The Arts Centre has a rolling programme of activities.

Visitor information centre:
Christchurch’s i-SITE Visitor Information Centre is handily located in the Boys’ High building, just a two-minute walk east down Worcester Boulevard. The centre’s knowledgeable and multilingual staff are local experts and make it their business to know all about what there is to do and see while you’re here. They provide a complimentary and impartial travel advice and activity booking service.
It is open seven days a week from 9.00am to 5.00pm (please note, the centre’s hours may vary between summer and winter).

Bars and eateries
• Lumiere Cinemas Bijou Bar is right outside your front doorstep. They carry a great selection of local craft beers, wines, and cocktails. If the bar is not serviced when you arrive, please ask at the ticket counter where coffee, tea and freshly baked pastries, bagels and cheeseboards are also available.
• Bunsen is a cosy café in the ground floor of the Clock Tower building that dishes up delicious coffee and cabinet food and has a-la-carte menus for adults and children.
• Cellar Door wine bar will open in ground floor of the adjacent School of Art building in the summer of 2019/2020. There will be a strong focus on the tasting experience as well as celebrating the provenance, produce and personality that all good wine has to offer.
• At the Curator’s Deli you will find something European-inspired as your ready-to-eat lunch, or delicatessen meats, cheeses, groceries and wine for dinner. The shelves are stocked with grocery items direct from Spain. You will find pasta, sauces, good quality olive oil, and everything you need for a beautiful antipasto platter.
• Rollickin in the Boys’ High building serves up its signature, handmade gelato and sorbet, plus coffee and baked goods.
• A food truck, The Rolling Om, is located outside the Backstage Social Club in Market Square at The Arts Centre serving up delicious, healthy, made-to-order wraps.
• Zen Sushi and Dumplings is the number one “quick bite” eatery in Christchurch, as rated by fans on Trip Advisor! Using the highest quality ingredients, the delicious sushi and dumplings are handmade daily.

Opening hours for these places change from time to time, so please look online before visiting them.

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During your stay

We are available to welcome you upon your arrival.

Check in time is generally between 2pm and 5pm, but it may be possible arrange earlier or later check in. Someone will meet you at the specified time to explain details of the Residence and give you a key.
We are available to welcome you upon your arrival.

Check in time is generally between 2pm and 5pm, but it may be possible arrange earlier or later check in. Someone will…

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Things to know

House rules

Check-in: 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Checkout: 10:00 am
Not suitable for children (2-12 years)
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

Health & safety

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Airbnb's social-distancing and other COVID-19-related guidelines apply
No carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm
Security Deposit - if you damage the home, you may be charged up to $156

Cancellation policy