Lyttelton Historic Pub Tour
Visit each of the historic pubs in Lyttelton: The Mitre (1849), Royal, Lyttelton and British etc. Spend half an hour in each to soak up the atmosphere and listen to some stories. (Open only to people old enough to enter licensed premises).
Meet at the Mitre Tavern,
corner of Canterbury Street and Norwich Quay
Lyttelton Timeball Station
The stone castle-like Lyttelton Timeball Station was built in 1876 by William Brassington to a design by Thomas Cane. This rare Victorian Timeball Station is the only one in New Zealand, and one of the few left in the world. Experience stunning port views and hear about the history, functions and mechanisms of the building. The Timeball will operate at 1pm daily.
2 Reserve Terrace, Lyttelton
Lyttelton Masonic Lodge
The Unanimity Masonic Lodge (Lyttelton) was founded on Oct 27 1851. The main building was designed by B W Mountfort in 1863, and the refectory was designed by C W Mountfort. Lodge members will be on duty to explain the buildings rich history.
Corner of Sumner Road and St
Davids Street, Lyttelton
Ripapa Island History
Launch ride to historic Ripapa Island and guided tour of Victorian Fort Jervois and the remaining Armstrong disappearing guns from last century.
B Jetty, Lyttelton (over
Oxford St overbridge off Norwich Quay)
Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament Tours
Guided tours of the Cathedral
122 Barbados Street
Homes Ancient &
Modern: Bus tour of a 150 years of Christchurch Houses
The Historic Places Trust and Vintage Homes Restorers Group takes a guided bus tour of a range of dwellings which illustrate the evolution of domestic architecture in Christchurch.
Pick up/drop off point Rydges
Hotel Worcester Street
Guided tours of the huge underground military headquarters built during World War Two as a nerve centre for South Island defence operations. Places are limited so book now. Parking on Cashmere Hills Road, access sign posted through the grounds of Princess Margaret Hospital
First Tour 9am-Last Tour
4.00pm each day
St Michael & All Angels
Conducted tours of one of New
Zealands finest examples of a Gothic church built in timber.
Ngaio Marsh House Guided
Discover Dame Ngaio at home. Gain a captivating insight into the life of a remarkable woman - world renowned crime writer, distinguished painter and eminent theatre director.
Sherwood Lane, second turn
left off Valley Road, Cashmere
Deans Of Homebush
Visit the historic stables and the Deans Family Museum to see the operable pieces working, such as the 1863 water turbine. Talk on the history of the Deans family and rural Canterbury, plus a guided tour around the 8 acre garden. Visit the Craft shop or lunch in the restaurant
Homebush, Homebush Road,
St John of God Chapel
View historic Stained glass windows, newly landscaped gardens and the chapel in its new freestanding form. Devonshire teas available, craft and produce stalls.
Nash Road Halswell
Double Decker Bus Rides
These half hour tours of the Richmond area depart from the Village Green opposite the New World Supermarket.
Corner London Street and
Orton Bradley Park
Enjoy a tour of the Shepherds Cottage built in 1846. See the Chateau (a replica of the 1860 homestead), the working water wheel and learn about the history of the Orton Bradley family. Picnic areas and walkways open.
Orton Bradley Park at
Strowan at St Andrews
Tour of historic Strowan House at St Andrews College including the School Museum and the School Chapel. View the new technology centre and travel from the past into the future.
St Andrews College, 347
Theatre Royal Open Day
A chance to explore this ornate French Renaissance-style theatre, designed by Alfred and Sydney Luttrell, and opened in 1908. Friends of the Theatre will take guided tours from top to bottom for a look behind the scenes. Tea and coffee available.
145 Gloucester Street
The Malthouse Open Day
This historic commercial building (one of the few left in South Christchurch) will be open to allow visitors to see both its past, as well as its current use as the home of Canterbury Childrens theatre.
71 Colombo Street
Chokebore Lodge Open Day
A rare colonial survivor, Chokebore remains not only as a significant part of our architectural heritage, but it also tells the story of our local long-standing interest and passion in horse racing. It has recently undergone initial restoration work in a staged conservation programme.
Chokebore Lodge, 148
Racecourse Road, Yaldhurst
Taking the Past into
the Future at Rehua Marae
Tour and talk on the history of the marae, starting at the meeting house each half hour.
79 Springfield Road, St Albans
Wesley Lodge Tour and
Dr Ruth Helms will lead a tour of the McKellar and Fleming Houses by Hurst Seager and Cecil Wood.
1 Park Terrace (corner Park
Styx River Bus Tour: A
Look at the Past and a Vision for the Future
Journeying from the source of the Styx River to where it enters the sea. At various points en-route there will be the opportunity for short guided walks accompanied by experts who will expand on various aspects and answer questions. Fact Sheets, itinerary, plus afternoon tea provided.
Pick up/drop off
point-Christchurch City Council Civic Offices 168-173 Tuam Street.
Tours: Cathedral in the Square
Guided tours of New Zealands most well-known Gothic Revival Church and Christchurchs most familiar landmark. The Cathedral was designed by noted English architect, Sir George Gilbert Scott, with the spire designed by B. W. Mountfort.
Christchurch Cathedral 100
Conserving the Arts
Join Brian Lintott, the Arts Centre Heritage Curator, on a detailed and technical tour of the Arts Centres conservation projects.
Meet at the Arts Centre Clock
Tower, Worcester Boulevard
The Inside Tour of the
Bring your torch and sense of adventure to discover the inside story on the Arts Centre. To be one of the few to get the chance to visit areas of the Arts Centre that are normally closed off, you must make a booking.Meet at the Arts Centre Clock Tower, Worcester Boulevard
$5 per person
Tel: 366-0989 for bookings