"Christ's College: an architectural delight" Christchurch Things to Do Tip by JohanIsWeg

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  Christ's College
by JohanIsWeg

Don't leave Christchurch without seeing the architecturally rich Christ's College, an Anglican secondary day and boarding school for boys. It is the oldest and arguably most prestigious secondary school in New Zealand.

Modelled on the public schools of England, this renowned centre of learning has been on its current site since 1856. The predominantly neogothic buildings stand in stoic splendour around an emerald green quadrangle. The oldest building is Big School, now the library, built in 1863.

We were fortunate enough to enter the collegiate Gothic Memorial Dining Hall, built in 1928 and in the process of being renovated during our visit. It was amazing to see how the renovators had stripped off all the old varnish, allowing the natural lustre of the timber to shine through.

Tours take place in spring and summer at 10am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and cost $5pp.

Address: Rolleston Avenue, Christchurch
Directions: Adjacent to the Arts Centre, Museum and Botanic Gardens
Phone: 03 366 8705
Website: http://www.christscollege.com/home.html

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jul 9, 2009
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