Planning your visit to the Transitional Cathedral

Guided Tours of the Cathedral

The Transitional Cathedral welcomes your visit, and we love to make visitors welcome. Come to prayer and reflect in a unique house of prayer built soon after the Canterbury Earthquakes that has touched the lives of so many.

To ensure that visitors to the Cathedral appreciate the building, its meaning and history, the Transitional Cathedral is introducing a new way of sharing our story to offer you a much improved visitor experience.  Visitors will be asked to join a tour of the Transitional Cathedral offered by one of our friendly guides, who will be able to answer your questions. Tours will be brief, around 15 minutes in duration, and visitors will be asked to pay $5.00 for this.  You will also receive a free gift and the opportunity to take photos! Children and school students under twelve are invited in for free. We are doing this because the meaning and significance of the building is much better understood if it is explained, and also to ensure that the Cathedral can remain financially viable. There will be no charge for children or school students to take a tour.

The Guided Tours policy in a nutshell

What if I’ve come to  pray?
First and foremost the Cathedral is a house of prayer and worship. People wanting to come in and spend time in prayer and contemplation are welcome to do so without joining a tour. Please let our friendly guides know that wish to drop in to pray or to light a candle and you will be directed into the Cathedral.

What hours will the tours operate?
Tours will normally operate on Monday to Saturday each week from 9.00am - 11.30am and 1.00pm - close. It should be noted that the Cathedral is also a working Church and a place of welcome and we may need to close off the Cathedral to the public at certain times.

The Cathedral will be ‘open to all’ on Sundays.

What if I do not want to pay?
Visitors will still have access to the Cathedral garden and grounds and can explore and take photographs of the Cathedral from outside, and everyone is welcome to come in to pray or to join us for one of our services of worship (see below). There is unimpeded access to the Cathedral foyer and shop.

What about Service Times?
The Cathedral will be open for everyone to enter for services; this includes all Sunday and mid-week services.

What about people in tour groups?
The Cathedral is happy to speak with any tour operators about setting up group voucher systems, so that the individual group members are not inconvenienced by additional separate charges. Please contact the Cathedral Administrator.

Why is this happening?
It costs many thousands of dollars to keep the Cathedral doors open every day for visitors. Unfortunately the level of Cathedral donations does not cover the cost of this. Following serious, and long-standing discussions, the Christ Church Cathedral Chapter has decided to make this change in its usual operations to enable Cathedral to continue to be a sign of hope and a house of prayer in our beautiful and recovering City of Christchurch.