What's On! - November in Christchurch

Welcome to Christchurch, the gateaway to the South Island and a dynamic cultural centre offering plenty to see and do. This is What's On!

'New Zealand Cup & Show Week' - 8th to 15th NOVEMBER
NZ’s biggest spring festival is on its way to Christchurch and it's looking set to be bigger than ever. The greatest week of the year is more than just horse and harness racing so check on

"Empire" - UNTIL 16th NOVEMBER
Inside a spiegeltalent, there will be a wonder of cabaret, acrobaticx, burlesque, vaudeville and comedy presenting artists and acts from around the world. Saturdays and Sundays at Horncastle Hub, tickets available from Ticketek.

"Canterbury A&P Show" - 12th to 14th NOVEMBER
Cantabrians can enjoy gourmet food and wine, rides, and the sights and sounds of the farmyard. It will feature 7000 livestocks and equestrian entries and 600 trade exhibitors, marquees and pavilions. More information on

"Repeat Offender" - 15th NOVEMBER
Comedian Heath Franklin returns as ex-con Chopper to entertain audiences. Expect to be in fits of laugher, as restraint is the last thing on Chopper's mind. Tickets available from Ticketek.

"Show me Shorts Film Festival" - 13th to 21st NOVEMBER
Sit back and take in the best of international short films, only 40 were selected for screening!. The programme features a range of themes, subjects and genres. More information on

Don't miss out!

For more information about What's On! during this month, please visit:



The Grange Boutique B & B and Motel, Christchurch

Kia Ora and welcome to The Grange Boutique B & B and Motel.

Situated at 56 Armagh Street, Central Christchurch, we offer 6 lovely, individually decorated B & B rooms and 8 Self Contained Motel Units at the rear of the main Guesthouse.

Some history of The Grange

Some history of The Grange
Built entirely of the strong native timbers Kauri and Totara, The Grange is a Heritage Grade II-listed Victorian mansion originally constructed in 1874 for Rev.James West Stack, a missionary, clergyman, writer and interpreter.
This beautifully preserved historic homestead was sold in 1905 to a Dr. William Irving and upon his departure to England in 1934, Dr. Francis Bennett moved in. For 4 generations Bennetts were born and raised here.

Dr. Bennett was a GP and most famously examined patient Pauline Parker; one of the 2 girls involved in the infamous 'Parker/Hulme' murder case. This was later made into a motion picture by New Zealand's own Peter Jackson, called 'Heavenly Creatures', starring Kate Winslet and Melanie Lynskey. Some of the filming was completed in Dr. Bennett's then surgery at The Grange, which has since been converted into the owner's private residence.

Des & Tracey Ramsay have owned the homestead for over 10 years now and since taking ownership, have added the modern, spacious Motel Unit accommodation at the rear of the Guesthouse, keeping in style and taste with the original features offered by the grand, street facing mansion.

Over the last few years, The Grange has been exceptionally fortunate to come through the earthquakes unscathed, with only some minor cosmetic damage to the homestead and no damage to the Motel Units.

We are fully operational and look forward to having you stay with us here in the heart of Christchurch City.

The Grange’s central location places our guests within easy walking distance of many Christchurch attractions and facilities such as the:

  • 'Re:Start' Cashel Street mall
  • Canterbury Museum
  • The Botanic Gardens & Hagley Park
  • Christchurch Casino
  • Punting on the Avon
  • Christchurch Hospital
  • Christchurch City Council
  • Various central city restaurants such as: Cook'n with Gas, Fiddlesticks, The Curator's House, The Coffee House, Tiffany's, Strawberry Fare and The Pegasus Arms.

Whether it is your last night in New Zealand, or the first day of your Kiwi adventure, we look forward to welcoming you to The Grange and assisting in any way to make your stay as comfortable and relaxing as possible 

Please read on throughout our website for further information on how to make an online booking, or if you have questions or any additional requests, please do not hesitate to contact us.