Cathedral Junction is a unique shopping arcade and indoor tram stop that links Cathedral Square to historic Regent St. Envisioned by New Zealand’s famous motorcycle designer John Britten it holds a special place in the heart of Christchurch city centre.
Today the junction is a thriving hub of activity, serving as a central booking station for attractions across Christchurch. The vintage tram line is surrounded by quirky boutiques and a variety of restaurants serving authentic dishes from across the globe.
As home of Welcome Aboard, Cathedral Junction is the perfect place to buy tickets, board the tram, and pose for photos! The booking station acts as an information point for tourists planning to make the most of their stay in Christchurch. Tickets are available for activities including Punting on the Avon, The Gondola, and activities in nearby Hamner Springs. Travellers looking to book further afield should visit Safe Journeys Travel, located right beside the Hereford St entrance of Cathedral Junction. A wide range of airfares, holidays, and bespoke tour packages are on offer.
Facing onto Worcester St, Flint features a modern stone-grilled menu along with a-la-carte dishes such as Confit Duck Leg and Mouilles Mariniere. Upstairs, Chong’s Chinese Restaurant offers a great range of traditional hotpot dishes.
Inside the junction, Sakimoto Japanese Bistro is a Christchurch institution with an inventive tapas-style menu of sushi, noodle dishes, and specialities such as delicate salmon tartare. From the other side of the globe, chef and host Georges of Swiss Bistro delights diners with authentic steak, king prawns, and bratwurst.
Amenities par excellence
Rising above Cathedral Junction’s glass atrium, Quest Apartment Hotels provide stylish serviced accommodation for both leisure and business travelers with a superb range of amenities. Along with fully equipped kitchens in every apartment, Quest is on hand with cooked breakfasts, concierge services, valet dry cleaning, underground parking, and a pantry shopping service.
Guests in the mood for some pampering after a long trip can stop for a Zen massage and a range of natural NZ-made nutritional and skincare products from Nuztri NZ. Right next door the junction’s famous Barber Conrad is “rebuilding the CBD one haircut at a time” $30 cuts, $10 beard trims and a the best Bowie collection in town.
All the essentials
Seasons café is an iconic triangular building formed in the space between the two tram tracks on Worcester St. They serve a perfect flat white and are consistently rated among the best coffee shops in Christchurch. Cathedral Junction also hosts a convenience store and wine shop catering to hotel guests and the general public with a wide range of cold drinks, fresh fruit, hot pies, ice creams, and travel essentials such as SIM cards from 7am to 11pm.
Blue Penguin Boutique specialises in NZ-made gifts including Possum and Merino as well as jewellery featuring greenstone, gold, paua, and blue pearl. Their popular online store offers free shipping throughout New Zealand. Forget Me Not is the perfect place to pick up local souvenirs and NZ themed clothing. Local specialities include a range of Mermaid salmon skin jewellery which is hand-made in Christchurch. A brand new addition to Cathedral Junction, Red Ribbon features pieces by local artisans and makes the best fudge in town.
Things to make and do
Imagination Station is a free, open-access Lego play area that also hosts regular events including stop motion animation and robotics classes. Just a few doors down retro shop Blast From The Past specialises in vintage games and memorabilia and holds regular game nights.
Far more than just a tram stop, Cathedral Junction has grown into a community of small businesses that celebrate the unique character of the building. All tram tickets are valid for multiple trips all day long and the next tram is always 20 minutes away.