Spanning five city blocks from Margaret Mahy Family Playground to Lichfield Street, this park is one of Christchurch's largest public spaces, making it a great venue to hold an outdoor event.

Over time this area will develop into a new residential neighbourhood of the central city, so events in the future will need to be mindful of the impact on local residents. 

The park's proximity to the heart of the central city, the Margaret Mahy Family Playground, and new residential neighbourhoods make it ideal for family-orientated events.

Opposite the Margaret Mahy Playground at the northern end of Rauora Park, an area with table tennis tables and a basketball hoop with a half-court should provide a hangout place for the local youth.   

  • Manchester Street from Armagh to Lichfield Streets, Central City
Size and surface
  • 9000m2
  • Grass and paved
Key features 
  • Table tennis table
  • Basketball half-court and hoop
  • Removable bollards
  • Shared pedestrian/cycle/vehicle lane
  • Segments of the Berlin Wall 
Suitable for
  • Up to 5000 people
  • Suitable for public events and promotions
  • Infrastructure
  • Vehicle access
  • No private events
  • Traffic management may be required depending on the impact on pedestrian/vehicular access to Huanui Lane as this area is designated a legal road.
Available facilities
  • Power
  • Bike racks
  • Seating – benches and stone perchable seats
  • Litter and recycling bins 
  • Lighting – In-ground strip lights, pole-mounted spotlights and floodlights
  • Parking(external link) – Pay and display parking and limited street parking
  • Bus stop(external link)
  • Mobility friendly