Econo Lodge Canterbury Court
140 Lincoln Road
Phone: (64) 3 3388351
Fax: (64) 3 3388391
140 Lincoln Road, Christchurch, NZ, 8024
- Phone: (64) 3 3388351
- Fax: (64) 3 3388391
Located just a few minutes away from the center of the city, the Westpac Arena is a venue that is quite a hot-spot for a range of events, from entertainment and sports meets to even galas and exhibitions. This grand arena spreads over a floor space of 4,000 square feet and can also provide flexible space in its concourse and 'back of house' areas. The total seating capacity of this arena is almost 9,000, and this, plus other great advantages, makes it one of the most popular venues in the area for concerts and other events. Of course, the people from Vbase, who manage the arena, are always there to help ensure the smooth running of any event. Please see the website for more information.
Dux Live, a live music venue, is the revived and revamped version of Dux de Lux, that was destroyed during the February 2011 earthquake in the city. Located in a former warehouse, across Lincoln Road, it is a popular venue on the industrial live music scene. It features local and regional bands, and every concert here is well-attended.
Opened in 1998, this multi-purpose stadium is New Zealand's largest entertainment center, with seating for up to 8,500 people. It is an impressive venue, already hosting some of the big names in the rock business, including Bob Dylan and Janet Jackson. Ice ballet is also possible here using a state-of-the-art retractable ice floor. This was used to excellent effect in a recent production of Cinderella on Ice. As well as being an important venue for the performing arts, the center hosts frequent international and national sporting fixtures and trade events. The premises are licensed with facilities for light refreshments.
Maintained, managed and owned by the Riccarton Players, the Mill Theatre is one of the important event venues in the city. Currently, this theater is home to the Riccarton Players, a group established by art enthusiasts and theater-lovers to discuss plays and dramas. It stages variety of shows and programs that cater to diverse age-groups, right from musicals, dramas to kids shows. For further details and complete schedule, check the website.
Established in 1971, The Court Theatre is New Zealand's leading professional theater company. The Court stages plays throughout the year, with a program that includes classical and contemporary, comedy and drama, as well as work by international and New Zealand playwrights. Following the 2011 Christchurch Earthquake, The Court Theatre has relocated to a purpose-built venue from which to resume performances. The new theater seats 388 in a comfortable yet intimate setting, with a spacious foyer including bar and coffee facilities.
Showbiz Christchurch has been thrilling local audiences with modern Broadway musicals for over 60 years. Drawing entirely on local talent, this semi-professional organisation stages two entertaining seasons each year--one in April-May, the other in August-September. Their repertoire has included Les Miserables, 42nd Street and A Chorus Line. Performances are currently held at the St James Hay Theatre at the Christchurch Town Hall.
The big one of the Summer Times season, Classical Sparks in the lush surroundings of Hagley Park, features live classical music with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, played out against a backdrop of spectacular fireworks. Music by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Verdi, with pieces ranging from classics such as Buglers Holiday by Anderson, Pomp and Circumstance by Elgar, to the more jazzy Pink Panther theme by Mancini and String of Pearls by Glenn Miller. It is a great night out for the whole family, but it is advisable to take comfortable seating and warm clothing. Admission is free.
Originally built as a gymnasium in 1908, this character-filled building became a movie theater in 1978 housed within the Arts Centre. Specializing in foreign and art-house films, it is a medium-sized theater in the classical mold, providing the magic of the cinema-going experience of yesteryear. Upstairs the Casablanca Café and Wine Bar provides a relaxed, refined space in which to enjoy drinks and food before or after the film, while downstairs at the snack bar the usual array of goodies are on offer. Only cash payments are accepted, but there is an ATM at the back of the theater.
Tucked away in the Sydenham neighborhood of the city, just a few miles from the city center, lies The Colombo. One of the more popular concert venues in the neighborhood, The Colombo lies just off the Highway 73, between Colombo Street and Durham Street. Buzzing with gigs all year round, the venue has played host to renowned artists from all over the country, and abroad, as well as upcoming artists from the locality. If you are a visitor eager to discover the music scene of the city, then a trip to The Colombo is definitely recommended.
La Vida Centre is a versatile events venue located in the Upper Riccarton area of Christchurch. Sleek, sophisticated and well furnished, it consists of a 700-seat auditorium with great backstage facilities, a beautiful Foyer, a theater-style Function Room, few other spaces and a fine kitchen. Be it a corporate gathering, a plush dinner, a seminar or a music concert, training session or private ceremonies, Vida Centre is a fine venue for all. It also grants complete access to the less mobile. Check website for more details.
The Great Hall is a beautiful, intimate concert venue with seating for around 200 people. The interior is made of distinctive Oamaru stone and native Kauri timber, and it features a large stained glass window and an open fireplace. The hall is always alive with music, with lunchtime concerts and Sunday Classics series featuring ensembles from around the country, including the famous New Zealand Quartet. In addition, accomplished local musicians frequently give evening recitals. Members of the Christchurch Polytechnic Jazz School and Canterbury University Music department perform here quite often. Call for event timings, and additional information.
Around since 1993, the Pacific Underground is a loosely affiliated group of talented Polynesian actors, writers and musicians, who come together for specific projects. Among their stated aims, is the desire to promote Pacific culture through performance and the visual media, and they have done this with their own special brand of contemporary Polynesian theater, and music that infuses hip-hop, soul and jazz. Recent projects include the recording of CD's by their band Pump, the stage production Landmark (featuring skits by Naked Samoans, a successful comedy act), and the production Romeo and Tusi.