The Arts Centre Walking Tours

Every day from 6 December 2019 - Across The Arts Centre

Explore The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora on an entertaining guided walking tour led by local actors playing characters drawn from the rich history of this central Ōtautahi Christchurch heritage landmark.

You’ll meet a young Ernest Rutherford or an unconventional Professor ‘Bicky’ Bickerton, discover the centre’s connection with New Zealand’s role at the forefront of women’s rights, gain captivating insight into the stunning heritage buildings, and hear thrilling tales from years gone by.

You’ll also learn how the precinct transformed from a formal education hub home to Canterbury College (now the University of Canterbury) and secondary schools, to a centre for the arts full of culture, creativity, entrepreneurship and education.

This is a lively and enlightening tour you don’t want to miss!

Please note tours will not run on the following dates:

  • 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 30 and 31 December 2019
  • 1 and 2 January 2020
  • 6 February 2020

Dates: Seven days a week from Friday 6 December 2019

Times: 10.30am, 11.00am, 12.00pm and 1.30pm

Duration: One hour

Ticket purchase point: Online or from Rutherford’s Den in the Clock Tower, 2 Worcester Boulevard

Tour departure point: Outside the Boys’ High building, 26 Worcester Boulevard

Adults $25, children $10, families $60

Driving & Parking

The Arts Centre has a limited number of 10 and 30 minute visitor carparks located at Market Square near the corner of Worcester Boulevard and Montreal Street.

Plenty of on-street metered parking is available near the Arts Centre, along with a number of off-street carparks.