Start your walk on the new City Promenade at the intersection of Oxford Terrace and Worcester Street. Walk north (downstream) with the Avon River on your left-hand side.
You’ll walk past the pink Midland Building which has been restored by local developer, Box112. It is now home to Café Miro and Crane Brothers menswear store. Pop in and check out the beautiful wood panelling, staircase and restored cage-style lift.
Next door you’ll see Te Pae, the Christchurch Convention Centre in construction. When you reach the Armagh Street intersection take a look through the viewing window and read about the building features.
Directly across the road is Victoria Square. Restored by Ōtākaro over 12 months and re-opened in March 2018, the Square remains much the same as it was before the earthquakes. Irrigation was improved, pavers and seats were replaced, the Bowker Fountain was repaired, and new artworks were installed. Heritage items were protected during the work.
Cross the road by the river at Colombo Street and walk the northern block of the City Promenade to the Margaret Mahy Family Playground. This was the first Anchor Project to be completed and on weekends and during school holidays it’s packed with families.
Turn right and walk down a block of Manchester Street. This street was redeveloped to cater for alternative modes of transport. The footpath was widened and lined with trees to create a pleasant boulevard for cyclists and pedestrians. The road is now a bus priority route with dedicated bus lanes and traffic signals. It is recommended that cars use the one-way streets in town (Madras, Barbadoes, Durham and Montreal) and only use Manchester to access businesses and parking buildings.
Turn left at Gloucester Street and then turn right into Rauora Park. This is the third largest park in Christchurch central city and it runs five blocks down the centre of the East Frame. The first 172 of 900 ‘One Central’ homes are being constructed now. Some are already up for sale near Hereford Street.
To finish, walk to Cashel Street which will take you to the retail area of the city. The Crown incentivised private developers to build here by promising that Government agencies would tenant the upper floors of office space. Here you’ll find shopping, cafes, and if you walk back down to the Avon River you can finish up at the new hospitality area on The Terrace.