Ōtautahi Christchurch

Ōtautahi Christchurch is New Zealand’s second largest city, and the main urban centre of Te Waipounamu, our beautiful South Island. It is a city of transformation and exploration, a place where change and innovation are embraced, where people challenge the status quo. The city’s approach to lifestyle and business have created a sustainable and strong economy, a vibrant visitor destination and an exceptional place to live.

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre

Te Pae Christchurch is the city’s gathering place — an architectural and social landmark designed as a welcoming heart in the centre of the city.

Based on decades of experience and an in-depth understanding of the latest events trends and design, Te Pae Christchurch has been purpose-built to provide not just a venue, but a lasting experience.

The meaning of ‘Te Pae.’

Our name, ‘Te Pae’ draws inspiration from several phrases in Te Reo Māori:

Te Pae Maunga – our mountain views.
The source of our origin and central to our land and people, mountains are a key element on the Southern landscape, just as Te Pae is a central point within our city.

Te Pae Whenua – the vast plains we inhabit.
With our strong ties to mountains and the rivers and plains they create, it is only natural this influence can be found in the building’s design, where shapes and lines represent the contours of our Southern Alps and braided rivers of Canterbury.

Te Pae Tangata – a place to meet and converse.
To talk, to be hosted, to share, entertain and inform… for Christchurch, Te Pae Christchurch is a gathering place.

Getting There

Christchurch International Airport is New Zealand’s second largest airport, with 12 partner airlines and connections to 25 destinations. The airport has direct international connections to Singapore, China, Australia and Fiji, and from October 2020 will have direct flights to Los Angeles. The airport is ten kilometres from the CBD, with reliable roading and public transport in place to get visitors where they need to go. State Highway 1 is less than a kilometre from the airport, and driving to the CBD takes 15 minutes, catered by taxis, hire cars, shuttles, rideshares and electric car shares – all readily available to transport delegates to their accommodation.

Getting Around

Often referred to as the 20-minute city, Ōtautahi Christchurch’s compact layout means within easy walking distance are conference facilities, riverside retail and hospitality venues, the Botanic Gardens, art galleries, health retreats and stylish accommodation. A short car ride can have you at the beach looking out at the vast Pacific Ocean, ziplining down the Port Hills at the Christchurch Adventure Park, sampling the best locally produced wines or taking in the wild beauty of Banks Peninsula.


The opportunity to book accommodation at the preferential conference rate will become available when registration opens on 1 June 2021.

Further Information

For further local and regional information, and things to do in Christchurch and Canterbury, please visit www.christchurchnz.com

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