It's an exciting time in central Christchurch, especially with Cup and Show Week just a few weeks away! The city is buzzing with the opening of new retail precincts, the first new bars and restaurants in The Terrace, new parking buildings plus events galore designed to entice locals, visitors and shoppers back into the central city.
Christchurch City Council recently launched their "Get to know me" campaign, again encouraging people to visit the central city to find out what's new, including using the new cycle ways which are gradually being completed.
One of the newest shopping complexes to open in the central city is The Crossing, located on the corner of Colombo Street and Cashel Mall, directly opposite Ballantynes. This is a refurbished complex of buildings, including its own carpark, that includes some high profile tenants like H&M, Witchery, Freshchoice City Market, Country Road, Andrea Biani, Seed Heritage, Ruby, Stirling Women and Ivy Blu. The Crossing is open Monday to Friday from 9am - 6pm, Thursdays 9am - 8pm and weekends from 10am - 5pm.
Brainchild of well known Christchurch developer and landlord Antony Gough, The Terrace development is being built on land previous known as The Strip, fronting onto the Avon River and just a short walk from the Bridge of Remembrance. The riverfront itself has been enhanced by the addition of a set of steps designed to encourage workers, shoppers and visitors to sit and relax and enjoy the tranquillity of the river and the buzz of the city going on around.
Behind the Steps, the buildings and laneways of the Terrace have emerged, with the first hospitality businesses now trading right next door, including Fat Eddies - a favourite haunt formerly located in Lichfield Street's SOL Square. New restaurant Original Sin and art deco themed cocktail bar Kong have also opened in September.
The ANZ Centre opened in March 2017, home to a range of retailers, cafes and office spaces. Located on the site of the former Triangle Centre, with frontages on Colombo, High Street and Cashel Mall, this is truly a heart of the city spot. Some familiar names from the Triangle Centre days have returned, namely Hallensteins and Glassons which were anchor tenants of the former complex, along with some fresh new brands like Merchant, Storm, Mecca Maxima, and Superette. Well known Christchurch names Macpac and Partridge Jewellers have also found homes in the building.
Perhaps the most memorable part of the ANZ Centre is the central Atrium featuring a large white tree that is striking and spectacular, as well as inspiring the name of food outlets Arbo Cafe and Arborista, run by White Tie Catering.
Parking buildings and onstreet parking
The number of parking spaces in the central city has increased dramatically with the recent openings of new parking buildings - some of which are offering the first hour free so you can really get into the city and explore what's happening. The new buildings are mainly located in Hereford Street and Lichfield Street. Refer to the map below, or click through to the CCC website page.
Christchurch's City Council has been busy building an extensive collection of dedicated cycleways through the central city and surrounding suburbs. You can download their free guide and cycle lane maps right here, plus you can see how the cycleways are expanding through the NZTA's Journeys website here - and use the map to help plan your routes.
Friday Street Food Market
Not new but still just as great - Friday Food Trucks are a regular event in Cathedral Square - giving you a great reason to head into the city on a Friday till 9pm - grab some tasty morsels from your favourite vendors and go for a wander around the city.