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Key Events

UNESCO World Heritage Sites Exhibition

In the beautiful surrounds of Victoria Square special insights into some of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites will be displayed in a giant photo exhibition – free to view during the day and night – this is not to be missed.

Victoria Square
Friday 22 June - Sunday 1 July

Heritage Week Opening

Lyttelton was the first port of call for many of the early settlers to arrive in Canterbury over 150 years ago. The Heritage Week opening night will be a multi cultural event reflecting this year’s theme, Pacific Pathways. This will set the tone for a week of celebration of Christchurch’s diverse social, cultural environmental and built heritage. This year’s opening night venue is the Harbour Light, a protected heritage building built in 1916 as the Harbour Light Cinema. This event is invitation only but the public are welcome to attend the opening of the Lyttelton Harbour Festival of Lights and enjoy the Heritage Week projection onto the outside of the Harbour Light from 6.15 pm onwards.

The Harbour Light
Friday 22 June, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Invitation Only

Lyttelton Harbour Festival of Lights Street Party

A “light spectacular” in mid winter. The entire harbour is turned into a magical space from the 22 June to 1 July.

A street festival in Lyttelton begins celebrations on 22 June 22 with a spectacular masked parade, music and dance, short films, exhibitions, an outdoor street market with winter warmers, quality arts and craft and a brilliant firework display.

Events follow around the bays for the next 9 days including Jazz evenings, films, a cabaret and a dance party at Godley Head plus more.

There is something for every age group.

See for a full programme.

Friday 22 June, 6.00pm - late

A City through Slides

In a Christchurch first, photographs from Christchurch’s historical journey will be projected onto the outside of the Government Life building in Cathedral Square.

This installation will tell the stories of the city and its people through several themes such as buildings and places, sport and entertainment, transport and key events that have shaped the city.

Government Life Building, Cathedral Square Side
22 June - 30 June, 6pm - 11:30pm

Special Lyttelton installation.

The Harbour Light
22 June, 6.15pm - 11:30pm

Victoria Square Market Day

Imagine what Victoria Square was like in the 1850s, when it was Market Square, the location of trading between Europeans and Maori and commercial hub of early Christchurch. The Post Office, Police Station, Women’s Prison, animal pound, work stores and Immigration Barracks were all located there.

In 2007 Market Day in Victoria Square will be vibrant and alive, with continuous entertainment, and vendors of food, produce and merchandise of the different cultures who have made a Pacific Pathway to Christchurch. Market Day in Victoria Square is about celebrating all our Heritage and the Pathways we have taken to make us what Christchurch is today – Cosmopolitan, cultural, and contemporary!

Victoria Square
Saturday 23 June, 11am - 3pm (Rain date 24 June)
Free, 941 8594

The Dazzling Heritage Dash sponsored by Carter Group

A race with pace like no other. Follow 15 teams as they race themselves into the record books. They will sprint round the inner city, solving clues, mastering tasks, and discovering the truth about the heritage of the buildings of Christchurch. From tram rides to waltzing, from shoe shines to proclamations in the square, here is a Pacific Pathway that our teams will have to take, on land or in the water, to win the prize, and be the champions of Heritage Week, in the Dazzling Heritage Dash.

Staggered start from Victoria Square
Saturday 23 June, 12.30pm
Entry into dash by invitation only (tickets can be won on radio station)

The Press Pacific Pathways Photographic Competition

A fantastic display of Christchurch’s top amateur and professional photographers interpretations of the theme of Pacific Pathways through artistic photographs. The entrants in this competition will examine the theme ‘Christchurch is our home, Pacific Pathways tells the stories of how each of us came to be here, what we brought and what we created’.

The 20 finalists works will be exhibited over Heritage Week in the ChristChurch Cathedral and in special features in The Press.

Come and view this wonderful exhibition and vote for your favourite in the People’s choice award either at the exhibition or online at The Press website.

Visit ChristChurch Cathedral, Cathedral Square to view exhibition,
See The Press newspaper for finalist features
Saturday 23 June - Saturday 30 June, 9am - 5pm
Free, 941 8076

Pathways of Our Built Heritage

To celebrate Heritage Week a series of heritage buildings within the four avenues will be displaying their stories on special banners outside the building. Follow the map and learn more about these special buildings and their historical importance in the development of Christchurch.

Some of the buildings will be open for inspection.

See enclosed map for building locations
Flags out from 10am - 4pm Daily, Saturday 23 June - Sunday 1 July

Important – will also be available to view online at Christchurch City libraries website or on here (PDF, 3.4MB).

Our Stories, Our City: A Pathway in The Square

A selection of historical stories about the people, places and events that have shaped Christchurch will be on display over Heritage Week on a very special pathway in the Square.

Browse one or two over lunch or spend an hour learning about what has made Christchurch the city it is.

Footpath installation below the Cathedral steps, Cathedral Square
Saturday 23 June - Sunday 1 July

Important – will also be available to view online at Christchurch City libraries website

The Heritage Debate sponsored by Carter Group

The Great Hall is the perfect setting for this meeting of great minds as they debate the Heritage of Christchurch, the pros and cons, the yea and the nays, the negatives and the positives, the fact and the fallacy, the wrongs and the rights. Heritage is the life blood of Canterbury, and these six great debaters will go at it hammer and tongs and present seriously important evidence and arguments as to why each of them is assured of their point in question. While both for and against battle it out, Mr Gary McCormack with charm, personality and skill will keep an ever watchful, informed and judicial eye on all our debaters as the Chairman and MC, for this truly impressive and exciting Heritage Debate.

The Great Hall, Arts Centre
Tuesday 26 June, 7.00pm
Gold coin donation for restoration of heritage buildings

Warner’s Heritage Quiz

Test your knowledge about your City’s history. This is not just for the historians though, and the topics will range from geography to sports to politics. Get a team of 4 together, dress up to show your Pacific Pathway of migration to Christchurch and have fun competing for the Warner’s trophy or great spot prizes for the best dressed and most inventive answer. Gather your team of 4 people up and register by sending an email to or calling 941 8628.

Warner’s Hotel, 50 Cathedral Square
Wednesday 27 June, 7pm
Free, 941 8628

The Great Solid Energy Transport Parade

Heritage on wheels, two, four, six, eight? In fact vehicles, cars, trucks, buses, traction engines and vintage cars with as many wheels as you can imagine and all in one giant motorised parade. From some of the earliest and the oldest forms of transport, to the newest and biggest, from the tiniest to the tallest, electrical, steamed, fuelled, gassed, rocket powered, coal fired, people powered, what ever you could believe, will be there. Line Armagh, Colombo, Kilmore Streets and Park Terrace and witness a colossal celebration and parade of the Heritage that was and is our transport in Christchurch.

All vehicles will be on display in the Botanic Gardens car park off Armagh St from the conclusion of the parade from 1 pm till 2 pm.

Departs Botanic Gardens end of Armagh Street
Saturday 30 June, 12pm - 1pm
Free, 941 8999

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