BOXed Quarter has come to symbolise the creative mix of art and music that the city of Christchurch has to offer. With state of the art music rehearsal spaces, RDU’s head office and the widest collection of street art in New Zealand, the blend of music and art is unlike any other in the city. To top it off, BOXed Quarter is the home to Flux – the new kid on the block in the city’s club scene.
BeatBox Studios is Christchurch's best music rehearsal facility, right in the centre of Christchurch. All rooms come equipped with a professional PA system and full backline; drum kit, bass rig, and guitar amps. Come in and have a go!
We are a campus faculty of the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT), offering a range of NZQA-approved programmes designed with the music industry in mind, including Audio Engineering, Live Sound & Event Production and DJ & Electronic Music Production. Whatever your passion - from performance to engineering or event management - you will get the best start in the music industry at MAINZ. MAINZ has built an enviable reputation over the years for our high quality programmes and the calibre of our graduates.
The National Academy of Singing & Dramatic Art at Ara has fantastic facilities including:
In May 2020 following a post-lockdown return to campus, NASDA Theatre at Ara staged "Mr Burns - a post electric play". It goes without saying that the play’s theme resonated very strongly within the minds of the virally-vigilant. Tom Eason, the play’s Director, definitely saw the irony in staging a post-apocalyptic stage show amid a context of self-isolation, panic-buying and border closures. But he also saw other connections. “Theatre brings people together after testing events for humankind” he points out, a meta-sentiment that sums up the play’s message and its potential role here in Christchurch.
Mr Eason says “The [NASDA Theatre at Ara] accommodates well under 100 people and it’s spacious and well-ventilated, so we’re adhering to all of the government personal safety guidelines.”
Whilst NASDA's facilities are a hive of rehearsal and performance activity round the clock, booking enquiries are welcomed.
Got your heart set on a career in musical theatre? Ara Institute of Canterbury has the perfect study option to make it a reality. Captivate audiences throughout the world and make the best use of your talents in musicals, plays, concerts, TV and film productions. You could find yourself performing, presenting, entertaining at events, directing or producing performances, working behind the scenes, or in education.
With a Bachelor of Performing Arts from NASDA at Ara, you can gain the skills, knowledge and performance experience needed to build a successful career either on stage or behind the scenes. You’ll learn from inspirational mentors in real-life learning environments and you’ll graduate work-ready. Applications for the Bachelor's degree close in August for studies commencing the following year. Get yourself ready! https://www.ara.ac.nz/.../music-theatre/audition-information
The newest family-friendly retro arcade bar. Bringing the best bits of the 80s back to Christchurch!
Six inner-city blocks full of diverse activities, social enterprise experiments, public amenities in a placemaking programme coordinated by Gap Filler in partnership with major developer Fletcher Living.
Christchurch's alternative radio station.
NZ records, tapes, CDs, comics, zines, band merch, lamp repair: Thursday/Friday 3pm - 9pm, plus Saturday/Sunday 12pm - 5pm, and by appointment or chance. Website has a stocklist for nerds.
The South Island’s only dedicated park for slacklining. At first glance, it is similar to tightrope walking and is accomplished by stretching and tensioning a 1”– 2” wide length of nylon/polyester webbing between two anchor points.
We are a family-run franchised gym proud to serve the SALT District community. Clean, high-spec equipment and bathrooms, and lunchtime group classes make us the perfect place to get a social and enjoyable workout in during your workday!
Meet the world’s first giant, outdoor arcade game system. Get active as you move the giant joystick and jump on the over-sized buttons to play one of the unique classic-style retro games. With an oversized joystick situated at the intersection of Tuam and High Streets in the central city of Christchurch and a 5m-wide screen mounted on the Vodafone building, Super Street Arcade takes gaming to a whole new level. You’ll need two or three people to work the controller, so make a new friend and have a go!
Good times and good people only at the Slate Room: a large live music venue hosting huge gigs; live extreme sports over six big screens; Pool & Billiard hall with eight 9-foot slate pool tables. Massive bar.
Office space by day for Christchurch Youth Council and Canterbury Youth Workers Collective; a bookable youth events venue on nights and weekends (a partnership between Gap Filler, CYC and CYWC). With a basketball half-court and Up Up Up bouldering rocks by Christchurch City Council and outdoor ping-pong by Gap Filler.