The South East neighbourhood is located in the area between Lichfield Street, Fitzgerald and Moorhouse Avenue and Madras Street.

Ōtautahi House

The South East neighbourhood is popular with students. A wide variety of businesses are located around the Ara campus.

The area is expected to grow to accommodate more residents in the coming years.

The great outdoors

The neighbourhood currently has a commercial feel, although the Ara campus offers plenty of green space to relax in the sun. Rauora Park is a short walk away.

A walk along High street is the quickest way into the heart of Central City where there is a wide range of cultural attractions and employment options.

Culture and community

The area attracts a large portion of students with Christchurch Cathedral College, Ara Institute and NASDA (National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art) all located in the neighbourhood. Student housing is located on Madras Street. A range of schools are located within Central City. Christchurch East School, Catholic Cathedral College and Ao Tawhiti are a short walk away.

The area is set to change over the next 10 years. The Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament and Marian College are relocating. Consequently, a large area of land will become available for redevelopment around the current cathedral site.

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

The area is well serviced with three main supermarkets along Moorhouse Avenue and grocery options at Bombay Bazaar and the Mediterranean Food Company.

South East neighbourhood


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