Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre will open for business in late October with a solid roster of domestic and Australasian events planned for its opening months.
Te Pae Christchurch general manager, Ross Steele, said the team is thrilled to be in a position to confirm the centre’s opening, and provide clients with the additional certainty they need to forge ahead with planning their events.
“As the first of New Zealand’s new generation of convention centres to open, we have a unique opportunity to put New Zealand business events back on the world stage, while at the same time showcasing the very best Ōtautahi Christchurch has to offer.
“The opening of the trans-Tasman bubble provided an initial confidence boost to event organisers, and we hope the confirmation of our opening will provide further assurances that Ōtautahi Christchurch, and in particular Te Pae Christchurch, is the ideal location for their events," he said.
With four months until opening, Te Pae Christchurch currently has some 70 events on the books, including the New Zealand College of Midwives conference and the Australasian Coasts and Ports convention. Combined, the events will see more than 129,000 people through the venue, including around 20,000 new convention delegates.
Managed by ASM Global, Te Pae Christchurch was originally scheduled to open in October 2020, but faced challenges due to Covid-19. Its 28,000sqm of flexible space includes: a 1,400-seat tiered auditorium, divisible into two 700-seat venues; a 1,000-seat banquet space; 24 meeting rooms, and the 2,800sqm exhibition halls.
“Over the past few months our team has had the opportunity to put their skills to use operating our activation hub and the learnings we have taken from that experience have refined our processes and service levels to ensure we meet the high standards for our clients,” Steele said.