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Tūranga Grand Opening


Fri 12 Oct 2018, 1:00pm–8:00pm
Sat 13 Oct 2018, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sun 14 Oct 2018, 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: Tūranga, 60 Cathedral Square, Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


Tūranga, your central library, opens on Friday 12 October, and to celebrate, we’re making it a ‘long weekend’ of wonder.

Take a special walk-through all five floors with their welcoming, varied spaces and cutting-edge technology, including virtual reality experiences, 3D printers, and New Zealand’s largest digital touch-screen, the Discovery Wall.

Along your journey, take in Tūranga’s special design features and the wonderful cultural art on display throughout the building.

There will be two walk-through options for visitors over the opening weekend. The full tour will take you through all five floors of Tūranga and will take up to 45 minutes to complete. The second, shorter tour will cover the ground and first floors only and will take around 15 minutes to complete. Both tours will include stairs, if you are in a wheelchair or have mobility issues, please advise staff when you arrive.

Because we anticipate a lot of interest during the opening weekend, last entry time to complete the tour is 7pm Friday and 4pm Saturday and Sunday.

For the opening weekend, access to Tūranga will be from Cathedral Square only. Due to the expected high demand there will be a queue system in place with estimated queue times provided onsite. Please follow the directions of staff and signs.

On Friday and Saturday, The Breeze and More FM will be on-site to amp up the entertainment with special activities, giveaways and, of course, great music!

Tūranga's very own Foundation café will be open and food trucks will be nearby to satisfy your cravings. It’s going to be busy, so make sure to plan your visit ahead of time.

Imagine a world made of LEGO, record a masterpiece in the media suite, grow your knowledge with more than 180,000 books - the possibilities are endless at Tūranga.