Christchurch's newest venue opening a right royal affair

14 April 2014 

It is going to be the new jewel in Christchurch’s venue crown so it was only fitting that royalty were on hand to open the city’s new Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre.

In Christchurch as part of their official visit to New Zealand, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge officially opened the eye-catching new building, which has been built to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Botanic Gardens.

Located in the heart of Christchurch’s beautiful Botanic Gardens, the $16.4 million Centre was designed by leading New Zealand architects Patterson Associates. It marries white embossed concrete with clean glass panels and plant cell motifs to create a visually striking building that sits at ease within its natural surroundings.

In the new building is a light and airy multi-purpose function room ideal for everything from weddings to cocktail parties, dinners and meetings. The function centre can comfortably seat up to 120 people and its riverside location provides unparalleled indoor and outdoor entertaining opportunities.

In addition to the function room there will also be an attractive cafe with seating for a further 60, providing another great option for evening events.

Vbase will be managing the new café and function room, and is delighted to be adding these new spaces to its venue portfolio when they are completed and open for business in May 2014.

The Botanic Gardens Centre also combines a working nursery, a botanical research herbarium and a permanent exhibition telling the story of Christchurch through plants and gardens. 

“The striking design and stunning location give the visitor centre a wow factor and we’re certainly very excited about the possibilities it offers to event organisers looking for a special venue for their next function or event,’’ says Vbase General Manager Darren Burden.