WORD finder: Things to do in Christchurch if you are here for the WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival

Kia ora, welcome to Ōtautahi if you are in town for the WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival. Here’s some things to check out while you are here.

Hunting the art

Sheep in Latimer Square
Crafty sheep in Latimer Square

Check out these woolly guys just across the road in Latimer Square.

The newest Christchurch Art Gallery exhibition (upstairs at 209 Tuam Street – C1 Espresso/Alices) is Edwards + Johann: Rebels, Knights and Other Tomorrows: “Vividly imagined photographic sequences featuring elaborately costumed warrior knights and rocks suspended in jewel-like voids combine with sculptural elements”. See also the ArtBox on the corner of Madras and St Asaph Streets.

Christchurch Art Gallery has done an awesome job of taking art outside too. And there is some ultra-stellar work on the streets of town by artists like Wongi, Yikes, and Ikarus. Sydenham and New Brighton are the suburbs to visit if you want more street art action.

Chris Heaphy's Whare in Cathedral Square
Chris Heaphy’s Whare in Cathedral Square
Big walls - street art on Hereford Street
Bird – part of a mural on corner of Colombo and Hereford Street;

Pop into the library (includes more art)

Central Library Manchester (not open on Sunday) and Central Library Peterborough are both pretty handy. There is free wifi. Plus Christchurch Art Gallery’s exhibition – part of the Festival –  Proceed and Be Bold: The Pear Tree Press is on at Central Library Peterborough. It’s an exhibition of beautifully crafted, designed and hand-printed books from New Zealand’s most renowned private press.

Explore our website for local history if you want to find out more about Christchurch.

Visit the Gardens and the Museum
A favourite local outing is a visit to the Canterbury Museum and the Christchurch Botanic Gardens. Highlights are the daffodils, the new Visitor Centre at the Botanic Gardens, gaudy, gorgeous Peacock fountain, the re-opened conservatories, and the interesting Christchurch Antarctic collection at the Museum – a couple of new Antarctic exhibitions open on Saturday 30 August.

Cuningham House
Cuningham House, Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Christchurch Botanic Gardens visitor centre
Christchurch Botanic Gardens visitor centre

Take a pic in a big chair
A great photo op for you book-loving types is the Reading Room on Gloucester Street (close to New Regent Street which has gorgeous Spanish Mission architecture, and cafes).

Mobile Library on Gloucester Street
Stormtroopers test out the Reading Room

Food & drink

The venues in close proximity to the Festival (as recommended in the brochure):

At Rydges Latimer (the venue for many sessions)

High Street

New Regent Street

Barbadoes Street

Madras Street

If you want to explore more things to do in Christchurch, try:

Any other tips locals would suggest? Share them here!

4 thoughts on “WORD finder: Things to do in Christchurch if you are here for the WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival

    • Donna 27 August 2014 / 8:02 am

      Good call – it is out the front on the Christchurch City Council on the Worcester Street side isn’t it. Well worth a look!

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