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.

Project Progress

Plenary Conventions New Zealand, a consortium of proven international infrastructure firm Plenary Group, and experienced local firms Ngāi Tahu Property and The Carter Group, has been selected as the preferred consortium for the master-planning and development stage of this very large project.

Leading international convention centre and hotel operator Accor has been selected as the preferred operator for the master planning and development stage of the Convention Centre.

Plenary Conventions NZ has produced a fly thru and images to demonstrate its vision of what the Convention Centre Precinct might become.

While all parties need to work through the exact design and layout of the Convention Centre Precinct, these concepts demonstrate the exciting possibilities in front of us.

The Centre is scheduled to be open for business at the end of 2018.

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.

Connecting the Square, Puāri Pā, and Te Papa Ōtākaro/Avon River, the Convention Centre Precinct 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).

Concept design for the Christchurch Convention Centre Precinct.


The Centre will be able to host several events at the same time; starting with space for up to 2,000 people, 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

  • will have hotel and residential accommodation,  food and beverage outlets, retail, office spaces and parking
  • 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.
  • The Crown has committed $284 million to the project, including the purchase of land for the precinct