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Te Pūtahi – Open Chch

Fancy getting behind closed doors? These central city tours could be just the ticket for you and the family this winter. 

Te Pūtahi, the Christchurch Centre for Architecture and City-Making, is running building open days and central city tours throughout winter, showcasing the unique architecture that makes up our diverse city. 

They want to help people create mental maps of their new city, encouraging exploration and a return to the CBD. We are both the oldest and newest city in the country, creating a juxtaposition of modernity and heritage, as will be displayed in the tours. 

Te Pūtahi is hosting 11 events over 11 weeks, kicking off on 30 June with an open day at Cathedral Grammar Junior School, at the corner of Park Tce and Chester St. The tours will run until 7 September.

The open buildings will include exclusive access to parts of Christ’s College, and a chance to check out Ao Tawhiti, the new mutli-storey school on Mollett St.

Seperate to the open days, Te Pūtahi will also run guided tours, taking in classic Christchurch buildings, as well as modern ones, shedding light on the built landscape making up Ōtautahi’s character. They will 

“We’re thrilled to provide people with the opportunity to explore the city through direct experience of buildings that the public don’t regularly have easy access to,” said Te Pūtahi director Dr Jessica Halliday. 

The walks are conceived as a way to walk through central Christchurch, connecting different parts of the city via different themes and helping people creating new mental maps of the city based on the buildings that are here – both old and new.”

From Japanese-influenced timber architecture and a sky playground, to a dining hall steeped in tradition, Te Pūtahi’s tours will give insight into what makes our city special. 

Take this opportunity to come back, reacquaint yourself with the city’s gems, or discover something new. Check out Te Pūtahi’s events here. 

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