The project
to reinstate
Christ Church Cathedral

Christ Church Cathedral

We are reinstating the Anglican Cathedral, built for the Glory of God and for all people, at the heart of our city – for us and for future generations.


An opportunity for us all

During the February 2011 Canterbury earthquake, in which 185 people died, and many people lost their homes and businesses, the tower of Christ Church Cathedral toppled, damaging the main building.

For most people, the reinstated Cathedral will appear unchanged with its important heritage features retained.  It will be safer, more functional, more flexible and more comfortable.  It will be better equipped for future worship and civic events.

It will be a place where all can gather and be at home, hosting friends, strangers, neighbours, tourists and visitors to our city. As the Cathedral comes back to life, it will become a symbol of hope and confidence restored.


Did you know we’re part of Beca Christchurch Heritage Festival 2019?

We’re running a total of nine free events in October:

  • Make your own Rose Window. For children aged 5 to 10, sessions will be held at Tūranga (the Central Library) where they will discover the story behind the Cathedral’s iconic Rose Window and then get a chance to make their own Rose Window using cardboard and cellophane.
  • A glimpse behind the fences. Small groups will be guided onto the site by our local heritage and Cathedral experts for a chance to see the Cathedral up closer.
  • Live demonstrations. The Cathedral’s stone work and stained glass will be brought to life in terms of their stories and craftsmanship. We will be holding live demonstrations with expert heritage commentary. People will be able to see examples of retrieved Cathedral artefacts up close.

Dates and times:

Make your own Rose Window

  • 11 October 3.30 – 5.30pm
  • 12 October 10am – 12pm
  • 13 October 10am – 12pm

Note, children must be accompanied by an adult. Numbers are limited. Please go to our Contact Us page to register your interest.

Behind the fences

  • 14 October 10am – 11am
  • 16 October 10am-11am
  • 19 October 10am – 11am

Numbers are limited for these tours so you must register your interest. Attendees are required to wear long pants, long sleeves and closed, flat shoes (for safety and protection), although we will provide hard hats and hi-viz vests. To attend you must be 18 or over. Rain or shine. Please go to our Contact Us page to register your interest and to find out more.

Live demonstrations

  • 23 October 12pm – 1pm
  • 24 October 12pm – 1pm
  • 25 October 12pm – 1pm

The demonstrations will be held outside, in front of the Cathedral and are open to everyone. They will operate rain or shine.

You can find out more about our free events and other Beca Christchurch Heritage Festival 2019 events, at: What’s on





An opportunity for us all

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Exciting changes

Exciting changes

"I look forward to us worshipping God in this great reinstated Cathedral, and to seeing it welcome visitors to the centre of our city. It is an immensely important building and it is wonderful that we are unified on the pathway to its reinstatement."

The Rt Rev'd Dr Peter Carrell
Bishop of Christchurch
Thriving Place

Thriving Place

"I am excited that the Cathedral will once again be a thriving place of Christian worship, where everyone can gather and be at home.
It will be a place where strangers and neighbours, friends and foreigners can come together, and where all can experience the love, peace, and presence of God."

Dean Lawrence Kimberley
Lifetime Opportunity

Lifetime Opportunity

"This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to reinstate one of New Zealand’s iconic buildings. Like many Cantabrians, I look forward to one day seeing the Cathedral standing proudly again at the very heart of Christchurch."

Hon Dr Megan Woods
Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration
Heart and Soul

Heart and Soul

"Christ Church Cathedral is literally the heart and soul of our city. Its reinstatement will breathe new life into Cathedral Square, both preserving an important part of our heritage as a city and enabling investment in the area to proceed with certainty."

Mayor Lianne Dalziel
Mayor of Christchurch