Open Christchurch: Get a closer look at the reconstruction of Christ Church Cathedral

Members of the public can get an exclusive look at the rebuilding of Christ Church Cathedral.


Members of the public can get an exclusive look at the rebuilding of Christ Church Cathedral.

People will get the chance to get an exclusive glimpse behind the fence of the rebuilding of Christ Church Cathedral as the annual Open Christchurch architecture festival returns

Open Christchurch 2022 is a festival that celebrates the architecture of the city.

The exclusive visit to the cathedral site will be with members of the Christ Church Cathedral Restoration Project.

The tour will not include entry into the building itself, but will offer those booked for the tour the opportunity to get up close to the building and learn about its history, significance, architecture and reconstruction .

* Former prison, crematorium part of the program of the festival of popular architecture
* New leader for Christ Church Cathedral repair project due to insufficient funding
* A chance to look inside Christchurch buildings at the architecture festival

Te Pūtahi Center for Architecture & City-making director Jessica Halliday said special access to the cathedral was one of the highlights of the festival program.

“It’s exciting to hear from those working on this important project and to get a glimpse of what’s been happening behind the fences over the past few years.

“It’s also a chance for people to rediscover themselves, or for those new to Christchurch to learn about it.”

Halliday hoped the tour behind the cathedral would become an annual event.

This year’s tours almost didn’t happen. They were on the agenda, but only if the country switched from the red Covid setting to orange, which it did last week.

Free visits by reservation will take place on April 30 and May 1.

This year’s Open Christchurch festival features 41 open buildings, five guided walks and a range of activities from expert talks and tours to workshops.

Other tour highlights include:

  • Step behind the gates of the Observatory Tower and the recently restored Physics and Biology Buildings/Te Matatiki Toi Ora Arts Center Observatory Hotel before they were even opened to the public.
  • Visit with Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel in the Mayor’s Lounge of the Te Hononga Civic Building for some of the best views of the city.
  • Free birding workshops at Ōruapaeroa/Travis Wetlands Bird Hideout.
  • And a unique architectural encounter at Harewood Crematorium.


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