About Ōtautahi Christchurch

"Christchurch is a vibrant, energetic city where urban regeneration, creativity and innovation thrive. A city built on exploration, where the status quo is challenged and new ideas are pursued. Picture amazing street art, innovative projects, a booming hospitality scene and state-of-the-art architecture that is changing the way the city looks, feels and functions – all the while staying true to its heritage and traditional English feel." https://www.christchurchnz.com/christchurch/

Ōtautahi/Christchurch is the biggest city in the South Island of Aotearoa New Zealand with around 404,000 residents.  The city lies on the East Coast, bordering the sea and the Canterbury Plains.  The Avon River meanders through the city providing the green space and urban parks which give Ōtautahi its reputation as a garden city.

About the Christchurch Town Hall

The Christchurch Town Hall is an iconic Warren and Mahoney designed venue. It originally opened in 1972 and comprises a number of venues including the Auditorium, the James Hay Theatre, The Limes and Victoria rooms.

In 2011, like much of Christchurch, the Town Hall was damaged by earthquakes and was subsequently closed for a number of years.  It has recently gone through an extensive restoration, which has bought the Town Hall back it its original glory.

For more information see the venue web page:  https://www.vbase.co.nz/venues/christchurch-town-hall.

Christchurch Accommodation

There are many accommodation options within walking distance to the Conference venue.  You can explore options at the following sites:





Getting into the City and Parking

Christchurch International Airport is approximately 15 minutes drive from the CBD.  You can pick up a taxi, a shuttle or an Uber from the terminal, or catch a bus into the central city.

More information is available from the Christchurch Airport website.

There are a number of off street car parks located near the Town Hall – the Christchurch City Council has a map here: https://ccc.govt.nz/transport/parking/carpark/#17/-43.52532/172.63561

Other transport options in Christchurch include MetroBus and Lime scooters!!

Christchurch Weather

August is still winter in Christchurch!  The average temperature for August is a high of 12 degrees celsius and a low of 3 degrees celsius.  Average rainfall for August is 64.42 millimeters and there are often freezing nights in this month. We recommend dressing in layers!


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