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hristchurch is the gateway to
New Zealand’s legendary South
Island. Dozens of daily domestic
flights and international services
operate directly to Christchurch Airport. It’s
only three hours from Australia and 15
minutes’ drive from the city centre.
Dubbed a ‘city of opportunity’, Christchurch
is well into a $40 billion new infrastructure
build. The central city is evolving into a smart,
future-focused business hub featuring
restored heritage buildings alongside stylish
new venues, hotels, shops, and a vibrant
hospitality scene. New Zealand’s oldest city, is
now its newest.
New Zealand’s second largest city is also
home to world-class universities, Crown
research facilities, start-up accelerators, and
specialist innovation and health precincts.
ChristchurchNZ Convention Bureau
manager, Caroline Blanchfield, says the city is
literally being transformed.
“We are unveiling an impressive new built
environment around our river, parks and
gardens, drawing on the city’s rich cultural
and natural heritage and designed with
people at its heart.”
When new conference facilities are
completed, specifically the Christchurch
Town Hall which will open in Q1 2019 and
the Christchurch Centre, due to open mid-
2020, Christchurch will have a very
compelling offer for conference organisers.
“We are very excited about the new
facilities Christchurch will have – we’re
gearing up to make the absolute most of
them when they are completed,” Ms
When the Christchurch Centre opens in 2020, the city will have 2500 new or fully refurbished
hotel rooms all within five minutes’ easy walking distance of the centre. Some new hotel
developments include: the Crowne Plaza which opened in July, the Novotel Christchurch Airport
which is opening this coming summer, and the Distinction Hotel which is due to open in March.
Several other central city hotel developments are planned for the next few years including the
likes of Rydges Latimer, Chateau on the Park: a DoubleTree by Hilton, Novotel, Peppers
Clearwater, The Commodore Hotel and Sudima Christchurch.
The Christchurch Centre
The Christchurch Centre will be New Zealand’s premium meetings and events venue, suitable
for up to 2000 delegates. The main auditorium will hold 1400 delegates and will be fully divisible,
allowing two major conferences to run concurrently.
There will be 14 flexible meeting rooms, a banquet hall to comfortably cater for 1250 people,
and 3600 square metres of clear span exhibition space, with flexible layout options to suit more
than 200 exhibition booths. Public circulation space will allow for informal meetings and
comfortable pre-event gathering spaces.
Support infrastructure includes dedicated offices for professional conference organisers, a
hospitality lounge, boardroom, crew room and speaker preparation rooms.
As a building of New Zealand architectural significance, the centre will be a major landmark
designed to inspire and connect. Planned with reference to its unique context in Christchurch,
the centre will be surrounded by green spaces, parks, gardens and the Otakaro/Avon river.
Stories of the local iwi and their land, trade and craft are interwoven through every aspect of the
“W ith its expansive auditorium and significant exhibition space, the Convention Centre will
open Christchurch up to an array of large domestic, Australasian and international conferences,”
Ms Blanchfield says.
“Our analysis puts its direct economic benefit to the local economy at over $90 million a year.”
Christchurch Town Hall
Vbase is thrilled to welcome the Christchurch Town Hall back into its venue portfolio alongside
the iconic Horncastle Arena, AMI Stadium, Air Force Museum of New Zealand, and Hagley Oval
The refurbishment of the Douglas Lilburn Auditorium and the James Hay Theatre allows for
More than $40 billion
is being ploughed
Zealand’s oldest city
into its newest. And
that’s great news for the
business event sector.
No wonder it’s called the `Garden City’.
Stunning Hagley Park in Christchurch.
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