We're open


Shop Local

The independent retailers at The Arts Centre are operating as normal in store and online.

Frances Nation: Beautiful quality wares by New Zealand craftspeople, including knives, woodwork, weaving, shoes, hats, gloves and skincare. 

Indigo and Provisions: Ditch fast fashion, choose clothing, accessories, homeware and lifestyle products built to last. 

Pepa Stationery: Brighten your day and spread kindness to others with gorgeous stationery from around the world. Although the shop's open, Pepa is continuing its offer of NZ-wide free shipping for online orders.

Skin Space: Natural and organic skincare and make-up collection crafted with care and authenticity by New Zealand & Australian makers. 

The Arts Centre Mākete: Every Sunday in the gym and market square. 

Dee Dee Thai MassageAn independent traditional Thai (Naud) massage therapy service.

Soul Jewellery: Specialists in handmade sterling silver jewellery, semi-precious stone set jewellery and pearls.

Custard Square Bookshop: For the cutest second-hand bookshop ever, step inside the vintage caravan on fine days. 

Movies & Performance

Lumiere: Boutique cinemas and Bijou Bar. Lumiere is open, and welcomes you back. Vouchers and five-trip cards available. Updates: @lumierecinemasnz on Facebook and Instagram.

Food and Drink

BunsenTop quality coffee, breakfast, lunch and in-betweens from the Switch Espresso Family. Updates: @bunsenltd on Facebook, @bunsen.chch on Instagram. 

Cellar Door: Open for fresh seasonal food complemented by local and international wines, craft beer, cocktails and spirits. Comparative wine tasting flights are a highlight. Updates: @cellardoornz on Facebook, @cellardoor.nz on Instagram

Fudge Cottage: Finest handcrafted artisan fudge from a traditional family recipe. Updates: @fudgecottagenz on Facebook.

The Rolling Om: Sam is a French-trained chef and Christchurch legend, selling fresh wraps from his food wagon.

Bleu des Crepes: Authentic French crepes using organic, locally-sourced ingredients.

Zen Sushi and Dumplings: Happiness is here, now, and ready to satisfy your craving for fresh sushi and dumplings. Updates: @zen.sushi.and.dumplings on Facebook. 

Creativity & Connection

Absolution: Professional body-piercing, tattoo studio and exhibitions.

Kete Whānau: Creative family-oriented resources and activities devised by staff of The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora.

RekindleSharing resourceful craft skills to create what we need from what we have. Face-to-face workshops have resumed. Register quick because they fill up fast. Spoon-carving tools & greenwood spoon blanks for sale. Stay up-to-date by subscribing to the e-newsletter.

Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities: Come and explore a slice of history through ancient Greek and Roman artefacts.  

The Central Art Gallery: Dealer gallery in the heart of The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora. Open normal hours, email art@thecentral.co.nz.

The Physics Room:  A contemporary art space dedicated to developing and promoting contemporary art and critical discourse in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Rutherford's Den: A whole world of science, history, discovery and wonder brought to life through exciting multi-sensory displays and experiences set in a stunning heritage building.

Help The Arts Centre

More than ever we are short of money to pay the bills. 

We are a charitable trust, and rely solely on grants and fundraising to fulfil our mission as a centre of creativity for the people of Christchurch and its visitors. 

If you have a few dollars to spare, please donate to us.