The doors to the restored Christchurch Town Hall will be thrown open to the public on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 February.

Take a self-guided tour, enjoy the entertainment and see how we’ve restored this significant venue for the city.

On show will be the Douglas Lilburn Auditorium, the foyer, the Avon Room, the Victoria and Limes Rooms.  James Hay Theatre is still a work in progress but you’ll get a sneak peek of the space.

Mayor of Christchurch, Lianne Dalziel, will open the doors to the public at noon on Saturday 23 February. We look forward to welcoming you back into the building.


What you need to know

  • Entry is via the main doors on Kilmore Street, at the end of the tour you will exit via the Avon River entrance onto Victoria Park.
  • It's going to be busy in the central city over the weekend, so make sure to plan your trip and allow plenty of travel time, please refer to the map below for more information.
  • On Sunday there will be a special 'express queue' for Gold Card holders.
  • Bringing young children? We suggest using a carrier instead of a pram due to the number of stairs.
  • Food trucks will be open from 1pm in the Commons, free water stations will be available.

Getting there

By car

  • There are thousands of car parks available in the central city. Find one using our interactive map.
  • A pick up/ drop off zone will be on the corner of Kilmore and Colombo Streets.
  • The South Island Lantern Festival will be running from 5.30pm on Saturday and Sunday and there will be some road closures from 3pm on both days, please see map below for details.
  • The closest mobility parking is on Peterborough Street or Armagh Street, see all mobility parks here.

By bus

  • Bus 28, 44 and the Orange Line all stop near Christchurch Town Hall. Visit Metro Info to plan your trip.

By bike

  • Bike racks will be located on Kilmore Street, west of the forecourt.

Town Hall Open Days Map