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.

Key facts

  • The Retail Precinct will be south of The Square on the blocks bounded by High, Hereford and Lichfield Streets and Oxford Terrace.
  • The Christchurch Central Development Unit, Christchurch City Council and the private sector are working collaboratively to create an overall design plan for the Precinct.
  • 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.
  • A cohesive and integrated transport mode plan – including car parking, cycle parking, public transport and pedestrian routes – is a fundamental part of the overall Retail Precinct Plan.


Part of Christchurch’s popular Re:START shopping mall has relocated to nearby land.

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 relocation possible. The move means this contemporary and unique shopping experience will continue to attract local, national and international visitors back to the central city.

Map showing site plans for Re:Start Mall

Map showing relocation of existing tenancies in Re:START Mall. Click to enlarge.

Watch a timelapse of the Re:START Mall being moved