Christchurch Art Centre Tours

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The Arts Centre of Christchurch was long the creative hub of the city. Located in Gothic Revival buildings that were once home to the University of Canterbury, the center took a hit in 2011 when a major earthquake damaged 22 of the 23 buildings. The Arts Centre is currently closed to the public, but work is underway to reopen the Art Centre in stages. 

The site’s origins date back to the late 1800s. Along with the University of Canterbury, the buildings housed a girls and boys high school. Both high schools moved off-site and by the mid-1950s a growing population forced the University to move to a larger campus. That’s when the Arts Centre was created. 

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The damage from the earthquake was extensive. A $290 million restoration is underway. It’s reportedly the largest heritage project being undertaken in the world. Estimated final completion is expected in 2019. 
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Address: Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
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Christchurch and Banks Peninsula Sightseeing Tour

Travel to Christchurch via the Banks Peninsula on a full-day Akaroa shore excursion by luxury coach that includes sightseeing stops at Little River and Sign of the Takahe. You’ll get great views across the Canterbury Plains and Southern Alps on the trip from Akaroa to Christchurch, then step off the coach in a central, walkable location by the Canterbury Museum. With free time to explore Christchurch on your own, you can take in the sights, do some shopping, or just enjoy the city’s historic atmosphere and architecture.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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$49.12 USD
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Discover Christchurch Sightseeing Tour with optional International Antarctic Center Admission

View the highlights of Christchurch on a 3-hour city sightseeing tour that introduces you to the architecture, gardens and waterways of ‘The Garden City.’ You’ll drive past significant landmarks in the city center; meander around ponds and perennial gardens at Mona Vale Gardens; visit the seaside enclave of Sumner; and marvel at the vista over the Canterbury Plains and Southern Alps from the ‘Sign of the Takahe.’ Choose a morning or afternoon departure, and upgrade to include the International Antarctic Center with an optional Hagglund vehicle ride.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Punting on the Avon River with Optional Christchurch Gondola and Botanic Gardens Tour

Relax on a romantic 30-minute punt (flat-bottomed boat) ride along the Avon River in Christchurch. Float past willows lining the riverbanks as a punter, dressed in traditional costume, uses a long pole to propel you and your companions across the water while providing informative commentary. You’ll row past the city center and Christchurch Botanic Gardens, which you can opt to tour by electric shuttle. Other upgrades include a Christchurch Gondola ride to the Crater Rim and/or a Christchurch Tram hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour of downtown.
  • Duration: 1 day
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$19.65 USD
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  • Duration: 1 day
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