A Central City neighbourhood located in the East of the Central City between Armagh, Fitzgerald, Lichfield and Manchester Streets.

Latimer neighbourhood is Central City’s fastest-growing and most exciting neighbourhood. The neighbourhood is a short walk away from a wide range of cultural and employment offerings.

With plans for up to 900 homes on either side of Rauora Park at ‘One Central’, accommodating over 2000 people, this area will change rapidly over the next five to 10 years. New homes are also being built in the more established parts of the neighbourhood.

The Latimer neighbourhood has a variety of housing options, including stand-alone older homes, small workers’ cottages, new townhouses and apartments. Homes are ranging in affordability, appealing to people with varying lifestyles and at all stages of life. Demand is already high in this area with most of the newly built homes sold.

The area will appeal to couples and families because of its proximity to family-oriented facilities, including Christchurch East School.

The great outdoors

The neighbourhood features long streets with green spaces, including Latimer Square, Te Ara o Rongo Reserve, and Rauora Park which provide relief from the largely residential streetscape.

The Margaret Mahy Family Playground, the fun giant swings and a pump track (temporary installations) are a short walk away.

The neighbourhood is close to the Ōtākaro-Avon River, which connects the north-eastern Central City neighbourhoods to Hagley Park to the west and the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor (former Residential Red Zone) to the east. 

Culture and community

The Latimer neighbourhood has an emerging identity. With homes right near the action, this neighbourhood is attracting new residents who want to take advantage of being within walking distance to vibrancy, activities and employment opportunities of the Central City.

The parts of the Latimer Neighbourhood the adjoin Fitzgerald Avenue are a focus for the Inner City East Working groups Beyond the Frame(external link) plan that covers this part of the Central City and the Linwood neighbourhood that borders it to the east. The Community-led plan has an interest in safety, greening the environment, housing supply and economic development. 

Te Whare Roimata, Christchurch East School, Christchurch City Mission and the Anglican Transitional Cathedral are located in the broader neighbourhood and contribute to building a strong community vibe. Christchurch East School is undergoing a major redevelopment to build new learning spaces to accommodate a growing roll.

Construction will soon commence on the Canterbury Multi Use Arena on the blocks between Tuam, Madras, Hereford and Barbadoes streets (for anticipated completion in 2024). This could be the catalyst for the development of new homes and businesses in the surrounding area.

Local spots

A range of dining venues, outdoor spaces and unique Central City amenities are all located nearby. There are also a number of supermarkets within a 15-minute walk.

Latimer neighbourhood

Public spaces

Business and community