Avebury House dates from 1885 and is a fine example of a grand Victorian home.

Avebury Park

Like many of Christchurch’s garden parks, Avebury Park was once a private garden surrounding a substantial homestead. The house was leased by the Youth Hostels Association of New Zealand for many years and was known as the Cora Wilding Hostel, but currently operates as Avebury House community centre and is available for hire.

It has an English style park setting with expansive lawns and large deciduous trees including specimens of lime, elm and oak.

The 0.8ha (1.9 acre) property was purchased by the City Council in 1948 and a children’s paddling pool was constructed a few years later. This popular pool and children’s play area, is well-provided with large shelter trees and seating; it remains a focal point for family gatherings throughout summer.

Avebury House is run by a community trust and is also available for hire for events.

Avebury Park Map

Terms and conditions

For the ceremony:

  • A maximum of 12 chairs may be used for elderly or less mobile guests. Chairs with wide, flat bottomed tips only can be used.
  • A small portable stereo may be used - no amplified sound or music is allowed.
  • One glass of alcohol (in plastic glasses) may be served to guests for ceremonial toasting. 
  • All people (includes photographers) must keep to the pathways and lawn areas and must not stand on or among any of the plant collections.

In keeping with the natural setting:

  • Marquees and other structures (including free standing umbrellas) are not permitted.
  • Items must not be attached to trees, buildings or other fixed structures and no decorations, balloons, rice, petals, birdseed or confetti are allowed.

To ensure everyone’s safety and enjoyment:

  • Vehicles may only be used to drop off guests or materials, otherwise no vehicles are permitted and gates must be kept locked at all times.
  • CCC by-laws apply across Avebury Park under all conditions.


No refunds unless adverse weather conditions prevent your ceremony taking place. Under these circumstances, you must contact our call centre within 24hrs of your booking time. Ph: (03) 941 8999.

A fee of 10% will be charged to cover administration.

Important information

We advise all wedding and civil union ceremony and photo session parties to book alternative back-up wet weather venues.

Please note that as our garden and heritage parks are public spaces, no part may be hired exclusively. Be aware that other non-related activities may be occurring in, or in close proximity to the booked area during your period of use.

Parks staff aim for a high standard within the grounds. However, sometimes there may be maintenance work within or close by the areas booked.

The Christchurch City Council reserves the right to cancel any bookings due to circumstances beyond its control.

Terms and conditions of use, plus map of bookable outdoor area [PDF 990KB].