Retail Precinct

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Recognising that successful retail activity is critical to achieving the vision of a thriving central Christchurch, the Retail Precinct will offer a distinctive world-class shopping, dining and cultural experience that reflects the essence of contemporary Canterbury. The innovative and attractive urban environment will draw in a diverse range of commercial and retail businesses to attract the people of Christchurch, as well as national and international visitors, into the central city to work, live, play and invest.

Developments underway

The Retail Precinct is progressing well, with a number of private developments underway which will bring retail, offices and hospitality back into the central city.

The Christchurch Retail Precinct Development Map shows the location and status of these developments along with forecast completion dates and intended purposes.

Key facts

  • The Retail Precinct is south of The Square on the blocks bounded by High, Hereford and Lichfield Streets and Oxford Terrace.
  • The planning, design and implementation of public realm projects within the Precinct and the surrounding areas will be integrated so that it is strongly connected with adjacent anchor projects and precincts, such as Te Papa Ōtākaro/Avon River Precinct, the Convention Centre Precinct, The Square, the Bus Interchange and the Justice and Emergency Services Precinct. Such integration will also achieve a strong sense of place.

Retail Precinct plan

The Christchurch Retail Precinct Plan [PDF 29.5MB, 90 pages] provides a coordinated vision for the layout of the Retail Precinct. It brings together and displays the investment landowners and developers have already made, and proposes solutions for areas outside of individual developments, telling the story of the Precinct as a whole.

Existing conditions and opportunities have been taken into consideration, along with the principles for successfully developing a precinct. This plan was initially developed by a design consortium led by Athfield Architects. The Christchurch Central Development Unit then incorporated feedback from key stakeholders and partners prior to its publication.

Artists impression of the Christchurch Retail Precinct

Image above: Artist's impression of how the Christchurch Retail Precinct could look when fully developed.

Artists impression of the Christchurch Retail Precinct at night

Image above: Artist's impression of how the Christchurch Retail Precinct could look when fully developed at night.


Constructed of stripped and refitted shipping containers, Re:START has played an integral part in the revitalisation of the central city and a key role in the recovery of greater Christchurch.

A substantial Crown contribution, plus commitment and support from retailers and land owners in the Retail Precinct has made this possible. The contemporary and unique shopping experience continues to attract local, national and international visitors back to the central city.