STUDIO HOME’S BRIEF GUIDE TO CHRISTCHURCH
Meet Ju (AKA Studio Home) here........
Soooo you're coming to Christchurch... you’re creative, interested and excited to be heading to CAMP! What might you be keen to do in your short visit to this fair city?
I have put myself in your boots and here are some of my favourite spots that I’d love to recommend. I will assume that Google Maps is your friend and you can locate them from your own location.
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THE CENTRAL CITY
Post earthquake Christchurch is a really interesting place to explore and experience!
This area was the most badly hit (and we’re really reminded of this with the Cathedral stillll standing in ruins. I don’t even recommend you visit it - it's become an eyesore for those of us living here and looking to the future!)
What you WILL see is some amazing innovative architecture. Our city scape won’t be higher than 4 floors which is quite nice!
The Arts Centre, Art Gallery and Botanic Gardens are all firm favourites of mine and very close together!
Have a coffee and bite at the fantastically modern Ilex in the gardens and be sure to walk by the Dahlia border, Rose garden and interesting historic Conservatories.
Enjoy the rambling perennial border on a walk toward the Arts Centre and take a side detour to the lovely garden of the Curators House (also a gorgeous spot for Tapas and Rose in the afternoon sun!)
The Arts Centre has had a huge amount of work done in it's repair and restoration with sections opening all the time.
Highlights for me are the Central Art Gallery in the inner courtyard and Frances Nation packed with handmade functional items upstairs in the ‘Boys High’ Building. Don't forget to also stop in and see the delightful Pepa Stationary.
Just adjacent across the road at the lights is the amazing Christchurch Art Gallery.
Explore the historic and travelling collections. It’s a fantastic place to get the creative juices flowing and I highly recommend a poke around in the Gallery Store!
THE TERRACE, CASHEL MALL and SURROUNDS
This area has perhaps the most change to it in just the last few years. It was an area entirely devastated by the earthquake and formerly the real heartbeat of the city. Huge vision and innovation has been bought nearly entirely by local private enterprise invested in making the city hum again. Enjoy a bite, drink or people watch along The Terrace. Continue past the Bridge of Remembrance to visit the Riverside Market and its niche eateries and market style ground floor. A wander down Cashel Mall takes you past Ballantyne, our iconic department store and on to The Crossing and High Street. There are all the chain stories you’d expect but some local ones like Rollickin Gelato, Infinite Definite, Hapa, Scorpio Books and more. You can also wander alongside the Avon River in our newly updated promenade right around to the awesome Margerat Mahy playground and have a coffee at Child Sister before wandering back through charming New Regent street and an poke around our high tech library - Turanga.
OUTSIDE THE CITY CENTRE
If you have wheels or the will it’s a nice visit to The Tannery. A boutique “mall” in a restored brick building with all independent stores. My favourites in there is TeePee and The Flock. A trip to Lyttelton is WELL worth it. It is such a beautiful, historic port town, just through the tunnel, about 15-20 mins drive from the city centre (The Tannery is on the way). There, find the main street which is just one block up from the water front and admire the little stores. GREAT Heuvos Rancheros and the Lyttelton Coffee Co. and my favourite store is Henry Trading right beside it.
Our best seaside suburb is Sumner. It hums with a lovely little mainstreet of boutiques and cafes plus a lovely beachfront to wander.
ON THE WAY TO BANKS PENINSULA AND AKAROA/SURROUNDS
On way over to Wainui, check out the fabulous Little River Gallery for a brilliant and diverse collection of artworks of all sizes by NZ makers. If you are staying on OR having a visit to Akaroa, I HIGHLY suggest you visit The Giants House for
Akaroa is a really charming little, French influenced village and gorgeous to wander.