230 Cambridge Terrace, Christchurch.

Listed as a Group 2 heritage item with national or regional importance in the Christchurch Replacement District Plan, and by Heritage New Zealand as a Category 2 Historic Place, the Thomas Edmonds Band Rotunda has over its life become an integral part of the cultural landscape of the city.

Its ornate Renaissance form and beautiful heritage setting alongside the Avon River are iconic and etched into the history of the city as one of its most recognisable landmarks.

Pre-earthquake photographs of the Thomas Edmonds Band Rotunda

Thomas Edmonds Band Rotunda

Contact us

Visit www.gets.govt.nz(external link) to find out more, ask a question, or express an interest in the Thomas Edmonds Band Rotunda.

GETS is the Council’s electronic tender portal where you will be prompted to register as a supplier. The GETS RFx ID for this building is 19443444.

The closing date for submitting expressions of interest in this building is midday 3 April 2018.


Thomas Edmonds was a prominent and successful Christchurch businessman in the first half of the 20th century.  His company became known across New Zealand for producing the famous Edmonds baking powder.

In 1928, to commemorate 50 years in Christchurch, Thomas Edmonds offered to finance a scheme of riverbank improvement to be called Poplar Crescent. The key feature of the scheme was a striking faceted copper-domed band rotunda and associated landscape beside Cambridge Terrace next to the Manchester Street Bridge. 

The Edmonds Band Rotunda was completed in 1929 and originally used as a venue for musical performances until 1986 when it was enclosed and converted into a restaurant. 

Approximate dimensions:

  • Upper floor area: approximately 64m2
  • Lower basement area: approximately 60m2

Earthquake damage

The rotunda was badly damaged in the 2010/11 Canterbury Earthquakes and was subsequently largely deconstructed. The dome remains secured on site.

It is important to note that the use of the rotunda and basement as a publicly  used building will require compliance with current disabled access and fire requirements.

Further information

For further information in relation to this heritage building, its current condition and repairs strategy, please refer to the below links: