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Te Matatiki Toi Ora The Arts Centre’s lively events programme features regular concerts, exhibitions, festivals, workshops, kōrero, activities and more, providing education, dialogue and entertainment for all.

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Rutherford’s Den

Follow in the footsteps of one of the greatest scientists of all time, New Zealander Ernest, Lord Rutherford.

Rutherford’s Den is more than a museum. It’s a whole world of science, history, discovery and wonder brought to life through exciting multi-sensory displays and hands-on experiences set in a stunning heritage building.

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Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities

Come and explore the Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities, where you can see more than 3,000 years of human history through an amazing collection of artefacts from Greek, Roman, Egyptian and Near Eastern cultures.

The Teece Museum is part of the University of Canterbury’s Arts City Location.

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The Central Art Gallery

The Central shows established contemporary New Zealand artists with a desirable body of work, while always keeping our experienced eye on aspiring artists of the future.

The gallery connects artists and the community. It values enjoyment through learning and educates, challenges and seeks to bring art into everyday conversations.

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Lumière Cinemas

Lumière Cinemas is delighted to gift wrap the unique occasion of what it means to go the cinema.

This boutique cinema complex has two theatres – The Bernhardt with 67 seats and The Bardot with 42 seats – and features state-of-the-art technology with vintage ambience, luxurious seating and a focus on service.

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Fragranzi Artisan Perfume Studio

Delight your senses and develop your own signature scent at Christchurch’s new artisan perfumery at The Arts Centre. Fragranzi offers unique perfumes, created by Christchurch perfumer, Conan Fee, who has been teaching fragrance design as a professor and head of the School of Product Design at the University of Canterbury, for the past three years.

Fragranzi also takes bookings for guided design-and-make social evenings for small groups to create that extra special scent for a wedding, significant birthday, or anniversary. Ideal for hen’s parties or for any social group to have a fun get together.

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Great Hall Lunchtime Concert Series

Enjoy a remarkable line-up of renowned local, national and international artists performing in a beautiful heritage venue.

Purchasing a ticket to a Great Hall lunchtime concert guarantees you a seat to watch the performance. If you have a specific seat you prefer, please come early to reserve that seat. There is no formal reserve seating process.

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Walk Christchurch

The best way to discover the real Christchurch is on foot with one of our experienced & knowledgeable, volunteer local guides. We will give you the inside story on Christchurch’s history & culture as well as major recent events and the post-earthquake new city. Our walks go beyond the guide books.

Walk Christchurch specialises in guiding small groups of walkers to ensure a personalised experience, the chance to ask questions & to chat with other visitors.

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Tranzalpine Train

The world-famous transalpine train is the best way to experience the South Island’s striking natural landscape. The train travels between Christchurch and Greymouth and traverses the majestic Canterbury Plains, to the backdrop of the mighty Southern Alps.

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Christchurch Art Gallery

Christchurch boasts one of New Zealand’s most important public art collections and features various national and international exhibitions throughout the year.

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Christchurch Tramway

The Christchurch Trams offer a unique experience combining history and sightseeing. Family-friendly and ideal for locals and visitors alike, our beautifully-restored heritage trams are one of the city’s best loved attractions – and don’t forget kids go free!

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Hagley Park

Hagley Park is located in the heart of Christchurch, adjacent to the Christchurch botanic gardens, and is the most significant central park in Christchurch. Offering a diverse range of entertainment and recreation facilities close to the city centre, Hagley Park has been an integral part of the city since the 1850s.

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Christchurch Botanic Gardens

Located just 15 minutes away from the city centre, the Christchurch’s Botanic Gardens is at the heart of the city’s reputation as the Garden City. Featuring an impressive collection of plants, from the spring drifts of daffodils, spectacular summer roses, stunning autumn leaf display and cosy conservatories over the winter, there’s something to delight in every season.

Entrance to the botanic gardens is a free and boats over a million visitors a year and is a must-see attraction here in Christchurch. Find out more about Christchurch’s botanic gardens here.

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