Sunday Guided Heritage Tour
1.30pm every Sunday - Meet at the Clock Tower
Take a guided tour of the Arts Centre to learn about its rich history and find out what is planned in the future.
Buy tickets online or from the Rutherford’s Den Shop located in the Clock Tower building.
The Arts Centre has a rich history – one that now includes an extensive restoration following the Canterbury earthquakes.
What you need to know:
- Tours are around the North and South quadrangles so are wheelchair accessible
- One ticket rate
- Meet at 2 Worcester Boulevard beside the big yellow Clocktower sign
- It will run every Sunday, including public holidays
- Tours will take place rain or shine
There are a total of 23 separate buildings on site, of which 21 are listed by Heritage New Zealand as Historic Place Category 1. One building – the Student Union – is Historic Place Category 2, while a modern addition to the Registry building is not listed.
This collection of Gothic Revival buildings date from 1877 and were formerly used by Canterbury College (now the University of Canterbury) and two of the city’s secondary schools.
The Canterbury earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 caused significant damage to the buildings. Restoration is well underway, with more than half the site re-opened to the public. Buildings are re-opening in stages, prioritised depending on factors such as damage, heritage significance, safety and cost.