The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora building in Christchurch, New Zealand.

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Dating from 1877, this enclave of Gothic Revival buildings was originally Canterbury College, the forerunner of Canterbury University. The buildings are now reopening to the public after extensive restoration work due to quake damage. Inside you'll find the visitor information centre i-SITE, and shops, cafes, museums and galleries. Exhibition spaces play host to regular concerts, rehearsals, markets and events. Of the centre's 23 buildings, 21 are listed by Heritage New Zealand as category 1 Historic Place structures.

If there's nothing on during your visit, you can still wander in and check out the North Quad and Great Hall in all their restored heritage splendour.

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