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" Well worth the visit and the money paid to build it"

There had been lots of pros and cons around building this cathedral, so decided to check it our for... read more

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This is amazing to see and a great feat of engineering and show of resilience in the aftermath of... read more

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234 Hereford St, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 8 March 2016

Interesting architecture, designed by a Japanese architect Shigeru Ban (famous for his disaster architecture) and constructed of cardboard, papier, amazing constructed. Unfortunately we could not step inside because of a funeral took place and could only have a brief look of the inside. The Cardboard...More

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Reviewed 7 May 2015

Sorry, but this "ain't for we locals"..............you can see the visible deterioration already and it isn't symbolic for Cantabrians. Sorry, but we have visited this once under pressure from a friend visiting, and we cringe every time we drive by it...........this is like plastic Maori...More

4  Thank honeybee550
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Reviewed yesterday

There had been lots of pros and cons around building this cathedral, so decided to check it our for myself. What I saw was the fulfilling of the need for an interdenominational church for CHCH. It is a clever design and structure and I was...More

Thank Sid H
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is amazing to see and a great feat of engineering and show of resilience in the aftermath of such an awful disaster in Christchurch. There are lots of volunteers around to talk to and ask questions and there is a shop at the back....More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Church staff were friendly with some sale of souvenirs and church items. Good to see how the unique structure of church was done up.

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We came here after seeing the sad sight of the derelict Cathedral in the centre of Christchurch. It's most interesting - a moving tribute to rebuilding a city. Worth a visit.

Thank Nicola B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not sure why everyone tells you to go see this as it was heavily damaged in the 2011 earthquake and they still haven’t repaired the cathedral. It is fenced off and obviously can’t go in.

Thank Samiya7
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The church was built as a temporary home for the congregation from the city cathedral which suffered severe damage in the 2011 earthquakes. It is made of cardboard, steel and wood and was designed by a Japanese architect who had built a similar building in...More

1  Thank Brian M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

During the recent program of Heritage events we enjoyed a Sunday afternoon performance by the Choristers in the Cathedral followed by an afternoon tea with scones and sandwiches. Recently returned from a trip to Japan, the Choristers gave an excellent performance of some of their...More

Thank Barry5252
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to hold an event. Magestic place to eat dinner and dance the night away. Service was excellent. This place looks great when lit up at night. Enjoyed the great night out.

Thank evman00
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This "transitional" church should definitely become a permanent fixture in Christchurch: it is testament to the congregation's (and the city's) resilience after the 2011/2012 earthquakes. Do chat with the volunteers on duty ... they will give you some real insights into the architecture. Note the...More

Thank Mandy T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent a very short time here. Merely took some photos on the architecture and move on to the next destination as there was an event in the hall. Hence we did not get the chance to enter and admire the interior.

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Response from sbj3 | Reviewed this property |
No, there are no fees, although donations are gratefully accepted as it is estimated that it will cost over $100million to restore the original stone cathedral.