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Gap Filler Christchurch

Gap Filler began in 2010 and has grown and changed over time to become an ongoing part of the city, bringing experiments and ideas to life.

Gap Filler is a creative urban regeneration initiative that grew out of the rubble and vacant spaces left behind after the Canterbury earthquakes.

The projects aim to innovate, lead and nurture people and ideas, contributing to conversations about city-making and urbanism in the 21st century.

Open City

Access insider tips of the best of Christchurch with Open City, a new Gap Filler/ All Right? campaign project.

Open City is a celebration of free things to do in Christchurch. It could be climbing tree in the Botanic Gardens, a quirky piece of street art or a great place for a picnic. These are just some of the many little secrets suggested by other locals and visitors which are being shared via a re-purposed parking meter in Cathedral Square.

  • 24 hours, free
  • Parking meter is located at East end of Cathedral Square, near Cathedral entrance.
  • Open City is a collaboration with the All Right? Campaign.


Dance-O-Mat is Christchurch’s much loved outdoor dance floor. Courtesy of an ex-laundromat washing machine, you can plug in your device, insert $2 and get yourself 30 minutes of lighting and sound. So lose your inhibitions and get boogieing outside, you never know who might come and dance with you!

  • BYO device (phone, Mp3) with music and $2 coins, 8am-10pm daily
  • Gloucester Street, next to Isaac Theatre Royal

Super Street Arcade

Super Street Arcade by Gap Filler is New Zealand’s first giant, outdoor arcade game system that channels 1980s arcade classics.

Situated in the central city with a screen mounted on a building and oversized game controller complete with joystick on the footpath, Super Street Arcade requires players to get active as you move the giant joystick and jump on the over-sized buttons.

A minimum of two players are needed to play, so make a new friend and have a go!

Sound Garden

This garden on Peterborough Street is full of large-scale musical instruments made from repurposed materials and junk, by local artists.

Have a jam in an outdoor garden setting.

(The garden was made by Greening the Rubble. Instruments made by Gap Filler).

Think Differently Book Exchange

A book exchange that makes use of an old commercial fridge, this project has become part of the Christchurch landscape.

Leave a book, take a book; the fridge is open and stocked with books 24 hours a day.

Discover more free family things to do in Christchurch.