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

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The South East is identified as a key growth area over the next decade as part of the draft South-East Neighbourhood Plan.

The 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

Ara campus provides a lot of green space within the built-up neighbourhood. Rauora Park is also just 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 many 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 and Ao Tawhiti are a short walk away.

The area is set to change over the next 10 years. Demolition work on the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament was completed in 2021, with a site for the new cathedral yet to be confirmed. Marian College relocated from its site in 2023. Consequently, a large area of land could be available for redevelopment. 

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

Local spots

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

The neighbourhood has many cafes and retail stores including the Boxed Quarter.

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South East neighbourhood

Public spaces

Business and community