Located in the heart of Christchurch, and open seven days, the Arts Centre takes up an entire city block that is bounded by Worcester Boulevard, Montreal Street, Hereford Street and Rolleston Avenue. This means it is nestled among key city attractions including the Botanic Gardens, Canterbury Museum and Christchurch Art Gallery.
A number of businesses and organisations are based at the Arts Centre and they each have their own opening hours. All shops and galleries in the Boys’ High building, plus a number of public spaces are open between 10am and 5pm.
Driving and parking
The Arts Centre has a limited number of 10 and 60 minute visitor car parks 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.
First hour free parking until the end of January 2019 – get your first hour of parking free at a council car park located adjacent to the Arts Centre: the Art Gallery car parks. Head here to find out where it’s located.
- Bus – catch the number 17 bus route to get to the closest bust stop. Plan your bus trip by visiting MetroInfo.
- Tram – the tram has two stops right outside the Arts Centre and is a great sightseeing option through the recovering central city.
Cycling is a great option for getting to the Arts Centre, with plenty of family-friendly routes leading right to us and lots of cycle parking available on-site.
Cycle racks are located out the front of the Boys’ High building and on the fence line by the white marquee in Market Square. Racks are also located outside of Canterbury Museum on Rolleston Avenue, which is just across the road from the Great Hall and Rutherford’s Den. There are also shared bikes available for hire.
The Arts Centre is near two of the city’s completed major cycleways –the Uni-Cycle and Little River Link – as well as other shared paths and separated cycle lanes in the central city.
The network of 13 major cycleways being constructed in Christchurch makes it safer and more convenient for cyclists to travel to the Arts Centre from the suburbs, business and shopping zones, as well as popular recreational areas.
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