The vibrant Central City South neighbourhood is located between Lichfield, Madras, Moorhouse and Montreal Streets.

Atlas Quarter

The South neighbourhood is home to trendy small businesses, cafes and restaurants decorated with murals and other artwork. The main attractions of Central City are also a short walk away.

The predominantly older industrial area is transitioning to a vibrant living environment; scattered through the small streets of the neighbourhood is a mix of new apartments, townhouses and lifestyle attractions. The neighbourhood includes the Atlas Quarter housing development.

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Evolution Square

The great outdoors

It’s easy to get around using the many laneways to get to Hagley Park, the Ōtākaro-Avon River and Rauora Park. 

The South Frame runs east to west between St Asaph and Tuam Streets and includes four gathering spaces that may be used for outdoor markets and events or as a place to relax. The laneway is also a safe pedestrian and cycling corridor. Green spaces are scattered along the laneway. 

St Asaph and Colombo Street intersection with Ao Tawhiti School in the background

Culture and community

A cluster of services on Welles Street is creating a community vibe, to complement the nearby apartment. Dine in at the many bars, restaurants and speciality food stores on Welles Street or take a moment to relax at one of the yoga and wellness services.

Businesses along Welles Street have transformed the industrial buildings into creative, vibrant spaces creating a unique identity.

Ao Tawhiti School for years 1 to 13 is located on the corner of St Asaph and Colombo Streets. Christchurch East School is also within walking distance.

Construction has commenced on the Canterbury Multi-Use Arena on the blocks between Tuam, Madras, Hereford and Barbadoes streets (for anticipated completion in mid-2026). This could be the catalyst for the development of new homes and businesses in the surrounding area.

The SALT District(external link) is located nearby, which plays home to a cluster of small unique businesses focused on sustainable urban regeneration.  A short walk away, industrial buildings on Southwark and St Asaph Street are now home to another cluster of trendy businesses and provide space for events and markets.

The Yard and South Frame

Local spots

An abundance of food and beverage options are available on Welles, Manchester and St Asaph Streets. A few supermarkets and speciality food stores are within walking distance whilst South City Mall provides a number of retail offerings.  


Central City South neighbourhood

Public spaces

Business and community