Convention Centre Precinct

Whare Rūnanga

A world-class Convention Centre will attract business, events, and conferences to Christchurch. Supported by hotels and public transport, and co-ordinating with facilities in other cities, this precinct will help grow the economic base of the region.

Right in the heart of Christchurch

The Convention Centre will be on the block defined by Armagh Street, Oxford Terrace, Worcester Street and Colombo Street. Gloucester Street will become part of the Centre itself, but will allow for retail use and public access.

Connected to the Square, Puāri Pā, and Te Papa Ōtākaro/Avon River Precinct, the Centre will meld with daily city life, featuring ground-level shopping and several nearby hotels. Victoria Square will provide a space (ātea) for conference guests to enter and receive a cultural welcome (pōwhiri).


The Centre will be able to host several events at the same time, starting with space for up to 2,000 people and expanding to 2,500 in the future. This will complement facilities in Auckland and Queenstown.


International conferences bring global business connections to Christchurch. These will help open up new markets and foster economic growth. 

Access and service

The Centre will be designed from the ground up to be walkable, close to public transport, and provide good access to key transport routes for service vehicles.  

Key facts

  • hotels and ground-level retail will be developed close to the Convention Centre
  • the Convention Centre Precinct will be jointly developed by CERA, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, CCC and the private sector.