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Christchurch Central City

Experience what's on offer in the CBD. Whether you're a lifelong local or a new arrival, you'll find something new to explore in the vibrant heart of our city.

Curated
Experiences

Discover curated adventures that showcase all the best bits of the central city. Pick an adventure, grab some friends and experience the central city like you never have before!

Hidden Gems in the CBD

Tired of the same old haunts? Step off the beaten path and uncover the coolest hidden gems of the Christchurch CBD....

The Diversity Restaurant

Sharing our Love for Food and Culture The Diversity (formerly known as Khmer Angkor) has been nestled in the...

How to find the perfect present

get the frantic search for the "perfect" present! Christchurch boasts amazing local businesses brimming with unique and...

Expo, Eats, & Arcade: A Perfect Day Out

Pop culture is exploding in Ōtautahi this weekend with a 2-day expo. Experience cosplay, artist alleys and actors from...

Level Up Your Style & Your Lunch Game

Layer up your style as we head to the colder months of the year. Bring your bestie and make a day of it, add some cosy...

Sea You There

Sail GP is returning to Ōtautahi. There are so many ways to experience this world class event right here in the...

For Arts Sake

The Central City is home to some fascinating art shows featuring an impressive range of local and international artists....

Summer in the City

Enjoy the lasting Summer glow and warm rays in the city! From relaxing cafes, to a cheeky cocktail on one of our...

Valentines Day

Valentines Day can be for everyone; For guys, gals and your four-legged pals.

Hidden Gems

There's always something new to discover when you go off the beaten track.

Mischief With Wine Cellardoor and Wine Bar

We don't do things normal around here at Mischief. When it came to setting up a cellar door, as usual, we threw the...

Captive Hunger

Work up an appetite at Christchurch’s leading Escape Room experience.

Tasting Trail

Fancy a bite to eat but you can’t decide what or where?

Work Parties

Haven’t booked your end of year work do in?

Summer Nights

Spend a summer evening taking in the Central City.

Ready For The Races

Get ready for Cup and Show Week in style.

World Pasta Day

Twirl your way around the best pasta dishes in the city

You had me at halloumi

Cheese Month serves up a feast

This Is Dog Friendly

Cafes & bars for your four-legged friends.

Best Brunches

Pancakes with a side of prosecco? Yes please.

Something New

Celebrate the arrival of spring right here in the central city.

Boots On & Brolly’s Up

Don’t let the cooler weather stop you from exploring what’s new in the city.

Action For Nature

This year, Conservation Week is about taking action for nature.

Winter Warmers

Frosty mornings and crisp sunny days, don’t let the cooler temperatures stop you experiencing the central city.

Relaxed Date Night

Head into the city for some casual comedy and chill.

Fresh Air & Healthy Spaces

Fresh air, open spaces and healthy lunchtime treats.

Matariki

In Māori culture, Matariki is the name of the Pleiades star cluster and the celebration of its first rising in late...

All Wrapped Up

Celebrating winter fashion can be a fun and exciting way to embrace the colder months. It's a time to experiment with...

Flavours of SALT

Take a walk downtown and explore the amazing food on offer in the SALT district.

Thrift in the city

We’ve put together a selection of the best places to thrift your little hearts out in the Central City. ...

Young At Heart

Young or young at heart, there’s something for everyone in the central city.

Mum’s The Word

Celebrate the Mum’s, the Grandmothers, the Guardians, and all of the wonderful mother figures in your life.

Fall in Love with your Wardrobe

New season, new fashion.

Revenge of the Nerds

The Armageddon Expo showcases some of the greatest pop culture names in comics, movies, television and it’s right here...

Your Kitchen Rules

With The Food Show coming to Christchurch in April, it’s a great time to level up those culinary skills....

Christchurch Art & Cultural Scene

Spend a full day visiting all our galleries and view the world-class street art along the way.  Christchurch Central...

Spirited Away

With DramFest and Gindulgence heading to Christchurch in March, it's time to step up your spirits game.

Design & Discovery

The Central City is home to some fascinating architecture and impressive local designers.

Going on a beer hunt

Explore Christchurch’s thriving craft beer scene.

The Armagh Expedition

Explore our city’s art, culture and history, all within a couple of blocks.

Soul Station

Experience all things SOUL. Take a walk around Ōtautahi music treasures.

An Introverts Dream

The central city is known for its intensity, noise, light and colour… but it’s also full of quiet spaces where you can...

Tales & Wonder

Spend a lazy Sunday uncovering the stories of the city.

Perfect Love Triangle

On New Regent Street, good things really do come in threes.

Schmancy Date Day

A little bit romantic, a little bit fancy - this unique experience is designed with culture lovers in mind....

Events

The Central City has it all, from art exhibitions and fashion showcases to concerts and cultural festivals.

May 24

Dawn French

We are excited to announce Dawn French, the Queen of British comedy is returning to the stage and to Ōtautahi with her...

Jun 06

Riverside Live Presents: After Five

Riverside Live celebrates local artists and bands in one of Christchurch's most loved venues. Set in the Riverside...

Jun 08

Forest Song & Don Quixote

The Grand Kyiv Ballet continues to capture the hearts of audiences worldwide. Two sensational performances. One...

Jun 11

Claudia Herz Jardine - Book Launch

Book Launch | ‘Ans Westra: A Life in Photography’ by Paul Moon

Jun 13

Book Launch

‘The End of the Beginning’ by Jenna Heller AT THE BAY | I TE KOKORU and Scorpio Books invite you to the launch of Jenna...

Jun 13

Riverside Live presents: New River City Jazzmen

Riverside Live celebrates local artists and bands in one of Christchurch's most loved venues.Set in the Riverside...

Jun 14

Mel Parsons

Critically acclaimed Mel Parsons will release her new album SABOTAGE on June 7 and has also announced a three-date New...

Jun 21

Tīrama Mai - powered by Orion and Connetics

Tīrama Mai is back this winter to celebrate Puaka-Matariki in the heart of Ōtautahi Christchurch. The free, cultural...

Jun 22

Tīrama Mai Tram Rides

We're offering special Tīrama Mai Tram Rides on Saturday 22 & Saturday 29 June! These family-friendly 20-minute...

Jul 12

Winter Blanket Collection

We’re proud to be partnering with the Salvation Army again this winter to collect blankets and other bedding to support...

Jul 13

Mid-Winter European Christmas

Riverside Market are introducing a taste of Europe to Christchurch with our Mid-Winter European Christmas!  Save the...

Jul 18

Riverside Live Presents: The Curio Club

Riverside Live celebrates local artists and bands in one of Christchurch's most loved venues. Set in the Riverside...

Aug 01

Riverside Live Presents: Ted Meager Quartet

Riverside Live celebrates local artists and bands in one of Christchurch's most loved venues. Set in the Riverside...

Aug 15

Riverside Live Presents: Sionna

Riverside Live celebrates local artists and bands in one of Christchurch's most loved venues. Set in the Riverside...

Aug 17

Go Live Festival

Ōtautahi’s winter music festival returns bringing 15 live and local Aotearoa artists to the Christchurch Town Hall...

Aug 22

Riverside Live Presents: Reuben Derrick

Riverside Live celebrates local artists and bands in one of Christchurch's most loved venues. Set in the Riverside...

What's
New

I Love Ugly is Located at The Crossing Shopping Centre
Central City

We are excited I love Ugly's first South Island store is located here in Christchurch Central City at The Crossing, so pop in and say hi to Issac (right) and his crew!!!

I Love Ugly (ILU) was started in 2008 as an art project by our founder and Creative Director, Valentin Ozich. 

Initially a passion project, ILU was conceived through late nights spent pondering over a rapidly expanding body of designs and illustrations within his bedroom in Auckland, New Zealand

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Member Highlight

OUR PEOPLE

Meet Dave Cameron

Scorpio Bookstore

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Parking

With over 10,000 car parks in the city centre, find one where you need it.

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Central City
Classics

From the Cathedral Square markets to the Margaret Mahy playground, these beloved central city experiences always draw us back to the CBD.

Central City Classics

From the Cathedral Square markets to the Margaret Mahy playground, these beloved central city experiences always draw us back to the CBD.

Are you a CBD business or interested in being one?

Have a look at the benefits of having a business in the CBD and how the Central City Business Association (CCBA) can support you

CCBA Membership