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Arts in Christchurch


Experience the local culture at the Arts Centre. Housed in the former home of the University of Canterbury, this is the place to visit to experience the true native culture. Being a hub for entertainment, arts and food the area is a favourite haunt of locals as well as visitors to the city.

The Centre is home to some of the best galleries, theatres and eateries in the area and is also host to special events and festivals. So it all depends on the time of the year but all year round visitors are assured of a unique experience showcasing the intriguing local culture. And if you happen to be visiting over a weekend, you are in luck, as this is the most happening event here.

The weekend market held at the Arts Centre is where you are promised great loots and treasures to take back home. The lively market complements the daily ware of New Zealand art and craft products by offering unique articles. Apart from shopping for jewellery, pottery, Maori carvings and handmade toys, and even at times actually watch the locate crafts-persons turning out their treasures, visitors are also afforded live music by buskers and delectable food at an international food fair. Rain or shine the Arts Centre promises this pulsating market every weekend throughout the year.

If you are a food lover the best day to visit is on a Friday. Friday being ‘Friday Farmers’ Market’, the Centre is filled with local fresh produce. Local artisan foods, breads, honey, wine and organic foods are some of the popular items on sale here. Also available are fare made using local fresh produce such as smoothies, juices, cakes and pies. The ware differs weekly and seasonally as it is a market place for fresh produce. Visitors can also treat themselves to the great Friday lunch at the Market.

Visitors to the area are guaranteed great lodging options. Be it a luxury hotel or budget hotel Christchurch features the whole range and promises modern amenities with any type of accommodation. For a 4 star hotel Christchurch city area boasts great accommodation options at the Copthorne Hotel Christchurch City which affords luxury accommodation and modern amenities.

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