A Heritage Attraction in Christchurch

Christchurch’s best destination for premium shopping, entertainment and food

If you are visiting Christchurch from out of town, The Tannery is a great attraction to fill half a day. Tourists and locals alike looking for things to do in Christchurch should add The Tannery to the “must visit” list, and experience the combination of heritage, sightseeing, shopping and food!

The Tannery is a boutique shopping centre on the banks of the Heathcote River in Woolston, Christchurch. This old industrial precinct from the 19th century is now home to a retail complex boasting stunning architecture and art, and home to a concentration of boutique shops; a hub of creativity and hospitality, retail, craft and entertainment. You can read more about the history of The Tannery building here.

The Canterbury earthquakes wiped out a lot of the city’s old historical buildings, particularly the brick ones. So it’s a wonderful piece of Christchurch heritage that still remains, and has been repurposed into this retail and hospitality hub.

If you’re looking for an activity to fill a few hours, The Tannery is a great place to stop. Get your quota of retail therapy with quality designer fashion and New Zealand made items, take a break for coffee and a sweet treat, sample some locally produced craft beer, or indulge the palate with a delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner at one of The Tannery’s various dining options. Or if shopping isn’t your thing, simply come and marvel at the 19th century building, the ceiling arcs, and a piece of Christchurch’s history.

The Tannery is also a great pit stop if you’re on the road completing another Christchurch itinerary. Pass through on your way to visit Sumner or Lyttelton, or take a quick 10-minute detour from town. You won’t be disappointed you did!