The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora

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The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora

The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora
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Speciality & Gift Shops • Art Galleries • Historic Sites • Cinemas • Architectural Buildings
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Visit The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora 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 two-thirds of 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 or a spot of shopping, want to enjoy a concert or performance, or are simply looking for a relaxing spot in the sun, head to The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora.
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Andrew W
5 contributions
A worthwhile visit to a Work in Progress
Jun 2021
A bit of a disappointment. Most interesting thing was the bloke with a long beard and a short spokeshave.
Beautifully restored building you must visit though.
Would like to see a small space showing post- earthquake works.
Written 16 June 2021
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MissTinkerbelle
Christchurch, New Zealand149 contributions
Gradually getting there
Jan 2021
Still partway through a major renovation and strengthening following the 2010/2011 quakes so some areas are still off limits. Yet to regain it's vibrant atmosphere but making good strides. The great hall is always worth a visit.
Written 5 January 2021
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jobst56
Hamburg, Germany1,709 contributions
looks like an English college
Feb 2020
The arts centre has been around for quite a while...
But it still hasn't fully recovered from the 2011 earthquake, only about 60% back to normal.
There's art galleries, small handicraft shops and the i-site.
Written 29 February 2020
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Lee
Auckland Central, New Zealand24 contributions
Very different.
Feb 2020 • Friends
This is something very different. The building is beautiful and the arts and crafts are the same. We caught the tram from here.
Written 19 February 2020
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Lucinda J
852 contributions
Beautiful restoration
Jan 2020
Christchurch should take full credit for This. Fabulous restoration of heritage buildings it’s hard to tell the difference
Written 1 January 2020
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Ann-Marie S
Christchurch, New Zealand9 contributions
Christchurch Arts Centre experience
Nov 2019 • Couples
My husband and I spent a weekend being tourists in our own city, and spent some time exploring all that’s on offer in this collection of heritage buildings which are undergoing extensive restoration work after the earthquakes of 2011.
Although not fully completed yet, much of the space is again fully functioning, and offers much to experience and explore. A hilight for my husband was looking at the carvings on the lecture desks in Rutherford’s Den, and just exploring the buildings themselves which are so rich in history and craftsmanship for this young country.
We sampled great gelato at Rollickin, made a purchase at Pepa Stationery, and took in a movie and drink in the bar of the Gadsby inspired Lumiere Theatre.
My husband found a vintage denim shirt to his liking and bought that, and I found the most beautiful NZ made handcream I’ve ever had!
The brunch and coffee at Bunsen Cafe was excellent too.
There’s much to love about this place, and so worth taking the time to explore, I couldn’t believe that it is run by a private trust with every dollar spent on its restoration having to be raised by the trust with no Government assistance!
Written 30 December 2019
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LMG
Christchurch, New Zealand40 contributions
Great heritage buildings.
Mar 2019
Enjoyed visiting the Arts Centre again after the restoration on the buildings after the Earthquakes. The contractors have made a wonderful job restoring it back exactly if not better than the buildings were originally. Good to see some of the original shops and some new ones back in there. Will be visiting regularly to see the new shops and services joining in to make this such an interesting and enjoyable place to visit.
Written 29 September 2019
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KairbearofNJ
Freehold, NJ36 contributions
I-site, bathrooms, shops, coffee and gelato
Jul 2019
This is the building that has the I-site in it. There are also shops and exhibits and food. Good place to take a rest and get maps of the city and towns surrounding.
Written 10 August 2019
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Mickus
7 contributions
Art centre and Rutherford’s Den
Jun 2019 • Couples
We have an interesting walk round the buildings. The hall’s stain glass windows created a fantastic story.
It cost $10 to enter Rutherford’s Den which I enjoyed.
We finished in the cafe with it science theme :)
Written 1 July 2019
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Iolanda Guerra e Andrade
Lisbon, Portugal1,669 contributions
Worth strolling around ...
Mar 2019 • Friends
Despite the fact that many of the galleries were not open to the public the buildings' architecture is still worth being looked at, together with the Main Hall interior and some of the sculptures being showcased in the gardens.
Written 7 June 2019
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