During the year the Creative Residence is home to an array of talented travelling artists and academics. But when it's not in residence, you have the rare opportunity to experience it yourself!
Airbnb in the Creative Residence
A unique central city stay
Located in the heart of Ōtautahi Christchurch within the cultural precinct, just a one minute walk to the Canterbury Museum, Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Christchurch Art Gallery, and tramways, you will be wowed by this stunning space. You will love the views of Arts Centre's historic buildings. With a 1920's art deco style art-house cinema and bar right outside your door you'll never want to leave.
The residence has four bedroom suites containing super king sized beds, study desks and private ensuite bathrooms (one of the rooms is wheelchair accessible). The living area has a dining table for shared dinners, lounge suite and study nook. A fully equipped galley kitchen (includes laundry facilities) will make cooking easy and the balcony boasts amazing views of The Arts Centre's central quadrangles.
You can find out more and book the residence through Airbnb: Full residence
About The Arts Centre
A precious Aotearoa New Zealand landmark with a rich history right in the heart of Ōtautahi Christchurch, The Arts Centre is a hub of arts, culture, education, creativity and heritage dating back to 1877 when it housed Canterbury College (now the University of Canterbury) and Christchurch Girls’ and Boys’ high schools.
The key national cultural landmark is home to the country's largest collection of category one heritage buildings. The Gothic Revival buildings were designed by Benjamin Mountfort, one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most prominent 19th-century architects, and his peers.
Since 1978 it has been The Arts Centre, an independent charitable trust for the people of Canterbury and its visitors. Your stay supports the trust's work - thank you!
Since extensive damage in the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes, a desire to restore the past while creating a vibrant future is at the heart of the $250 million restoration. Since the first restored and strengthened building reopened in 2013, the restoration is now more than two-thirds complete. The restoration of the Great Hall and Clock Tower buildings won a Merit Award in the UNESCO Asia‐Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation in 2017.
Today The Arts Centre is both a significant heritage landmark, and a platform for modern activities and experiences. It is a destination home to around 30 organisations, including museums, galleries, artisans, independent retailers, award winning hospitality establishments and much more. In 2018 its unique spaces welcomed 650,000 visitors.
The centre has a growing programme of dynamic events for the community and visitors, including their Matariki celebrations, Sculpture Festival, Great Hall Lunchtime Concert Series, creative and craft workshops, talks and exhibitions, concerts and performances, markets and more.
Find out more about The Arts Centre's history and what's on in the coming weeks and months.
The Arts Centre has wide appeal to people of all ages and from all places, whether they participate as thinkers or creators or as audience members. It is also a place where visitors are awed, not only by the beautiful architecture and wonderful history, but by their experiences and the willingness of locals to linger with them and chat in a space they are proud to call their own.