Transitional Cathedral (Cardboard Cathedral)
Visitors can admire the innovative cathedral, designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, and its colorful triangular windows, a modern take on traditional stained-glass windows. Travelers can visit the Anglican cathedral independently or join a city highlights tour that includes a stop here. Christchurch was dramatically altered during the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011, with many buildings needing to be demolished for safety reasons. Some tours offer a before-and-after perspective of the city, highlighting how Christchurch has been rebuilding.
Things to Know Before You Go
The Transitional Cathedral is a must-visit for architecture enthusiasts.
An on-site shop sells items related to the cathedral as well as more general New Zealand souvenirs.
Organ recitals and choir performances are occasionally held at the cathedral. Check the website before your visit for the schedule.
There is no public parking lot at the cathedral, but there is on-street parking nearby. Disabled visitors can use the disabled parking spot in the staff parking lot.
How to Get There
The Transitional Cathedral is on the corner of Madras and Hereford streets, on the southern end of Latimer Square. It’s easy to access from anywhere in central Christchurch and is only about a 5-minute walk from the old ChristChurch Cathedral.
When to Get There
The cathedral is open every day from morning until late afternoon or the conclusion of evening services, when they’re held. Christian holiday periods—such as Easter and Christmas—are especially good times to visit, as seasonal events may be held.
Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial
On the banks of the Avon River in central Christchurch, the Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial is a must-visit when touring the city. Designed by Slovenian architect Grega Vezjak, the memorial commemorates the 185 people killed in the earthquakes in 2010 and 2011. Names of the victims are carved into marble panels stretching along the riverbank.