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There's much, much more to Christchurch Arts Centre than just craft shops and galleries - this really is a centre for all the arts - theatre, ballet, music, cinema all have a home here along with the wonderful variety of artists and artisans who have studios in the complex. Add several cafes and restaurants, a brewery, an observatory, a regular weekend market offering the work of even more artists and craftsfolk - plus great speciality foods and local produce all mixed up with live performances - and you begin to get an idea of why this place is such a source of pride here in Christchurch and such a part of the city's life. All this is housed in a lovely complex of Victorian buildings - the original campus of the University of Canterbury.

Visitors are welcome to wander right through the complex as they choose. If you want to know more of the history of the place there are guided tours on offer from 10- 3.30pm daily.
However, just wandering around is a pleasure - there are so many attractive buildings, pretty courts, outdoor sculptures, nooks and crannies to explore - and that's before you find your way into the shops and galleries that are filled with all sorts of goodies. This was a wonderful use to have put these buildings to once the University outgrew the site.

Address: Worcester Boulevard
Directions: The Arts Centre is at the western end of Worcester Boulevard, an easy walk from the city centre. It's on the tram route.
Shops are open from 10-5 every day except Christmas Day, Good Friday and Anzac Day (April 25) morning

Phone: +64 3 363 2836
Website: http://www.artscentre.org.nz

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated May 30, 2006
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