Te Pūtahi releases programme for Open Christchurch 2022

On 30 April and 1 May, Open Christchurch returns for a celebration of the city’s special spaces and hidden gems.

The Lyttelton Timeball with buildings and houses in the background. The sun rises over the Port Hills in the distance.
View of the Timeball and Lyttelton Harbour. Photo: Frank J. Visserexpand/collapse

The public can head inside the Timeball site on Sunday 1 May to explore this example of Victorian technology and take in views of Lyttelton Port. Other highlights include culturally, historically and architecturally important buildings that are not generally open to the public for free, such as the former Addington Gaol as well as the industrial treasure Wood’s Mill and Modernist masterpiece 65 Cambridge Terrace; children’s architecture-themed workshops at the Arts Centre; expert tours of buildings by the architects and engineers behind their design such as the sculptural and poetic Brooklands Lagoon Public Toilet and Redcliffs Village Library.

"We are really excited to offer a new selection of the city’s most exceptional works of architecture for people to enjoy this year," says Festival director Jessica Halliday.

"From Brooklands to Governors Bay, Belfast to Taylors Mistake, this year Open Christchurch takes you all over the city. It’s only because of the generosity and commitment of our building partners that we’re able to have such a diverse programme. We hope people embrace it with the same extraordinary enthusiasm that they did last year.”

Visit openchch.nz for bookings, Covid-19 updates and more information. Watch the release video here.

- Rosemary Baird