Accompanying Persons Tours


The following walking tours will be available during the congress (duration of each tour is 2 hours):

WEDNESDAY 2 SEPTEMBER

Traditional Christchurch
This walk illustrates the way in which Christchurch architecture reflects the change in the attitudes of those who lived and worked in the city over the first 150 years of its existence. Significant public buildings were modelled on the Gothic Revival popular in England in the mid-nineteenth century and this style can be appreciated through local examples. The Anglican Cathedral remains the most visible example of Gothic design despite the serious damage inflicted by the earthquakes of 2010-11. Later, local architects continued to copy changing English architectural tastes and the walk contains some striking examples of neo- Georgian design from the 1920s and 30s. The Italian influence on English design was also replicated by local architects when building Gentlemen’s clubs and the stunning Government Building of 1912.

Other examples which highlight important elements of the local historical narrative include the statue commemorating Robert Falcon Scott and the bas relief structure recalling the attainment of the female franchise in 1893. There are also some developments which are genuinely revolutionary in the Christchurch context, such as stripped classical buildings and a Spanish Mission street of the early 1930s. The Bridge of Remembrance recalls the Allied victories in in both World Wars, and the Antigua Street Boat sheds of the 1880s recall Victorian and Edwardian recreation options.

At the end of this walk, a visit to the museum is well worthwhile. The Museum is particularly strong in Maori history and Christchurch’s importance as base for Antarctic expeditions.
Cost: $25 NZD per person.



THURSDAY 3 SEPTEMBER

The New Architecture
This walk concentrates on structures built since the turn of the twenty first century. It also examines the methods architects have used to mitigate the effect of future seismic events. The concept of ‘green architecture’ is also explored. The Art Gallery houses extensive collections in a strikingly designed building. The new Convention Centre is due to open in October 2020 and is an imaginative design which references Canterbury’s braided rivers. The new City Library has been universally acclaimed for the architects’ mastery of form and function. The ‘Cardboard’ Cathedral is of a revolutionary design. The retail precinct features the incorporation of new regulations requiring the development of lane ways and small public squares. The Bus Exchange station provides a functional and elegant centre for the city’s public transport network. The Justice Precinct features a major structure which includes the Police Headquarters and 19 law courts as well as the headquarters for the Fire Brigade and Civil Defence. The new Riverside Market has become an instant hit in the city’s hospitality precinct. The design of the official memorial to those killed in the earthquakes of 2010-11 provides the opportunity for quiet reflection.

At the end of the walk, a more leisurely experience exploring the Riverside Market can be enjoyed. Alternatively the collections in the Art Gallery can be viewed.
Cost: $25 NZD per person



FRIDAY 4 SEPTEMBER

Open Spaces
Latimer Square is one of the three open spaces planned in the original design of the city. The post- quake development of Raora Park provides a range of opportunities from the children’s playground at Margaret Mahy Park and skate board facilities while there are also more passive opportunities to relax in the new gardens and shrubbery. The SALT precinct features boutique open spaces in an area fast becoming popular for its eateries. Cathedral Square, once the social hub of the city is facing a redevelopment phase but still has some interesting features such as the Chalice and the Early Settlers Court. Victoria Square has changed its function to a celebration of bi-culturalism and includes many features with fascinating back stories. Hagley Park is one of the biggest city parks in the world and includes the Botanic Gardens.

After a brief introduction to Hagley Park and the Botanic Garden during the walk, there will be an opportunity to explore these areas in more depth.
Cost: $25 NZD per person