New Christchurch “bustling hub” for students

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23 Apr 2013

Lisette Reymer, CPIT New Zealand Broadcasting School student, talks about CPIT’s student life.

Post -earthquake Christchurch is a bustling hub of creativity and surprise. Everyday there is something new built, opened, or designed and CPIT is situated right in the middle of all this action. I stumble across new treasures in the city every day.

From CPIT you can walk ten minutes to the Re:START Mall, an innovative, colourful and lively shopping area which was set up after the earthquakes and has become an icon for central Christchurch. Built from containers, these shops are painted bright colours, surrounded by delicious food stalls and happy buskers.


Lisette grabs a coffee at the Caffeine Laboratory in Re:START Mall.


 Shopping in the Contemporary Lounge in Re:START Mall.

It’s just a short walk further from Re:START to Hagley Park where you can, without exaggeration, spend hours. Here I have relaxed surrounded by daffodils, played various sports, seen the world famous Ellerslie Flower Show, a Chinese lantern festival, concerts and an incredible car rally.

In true student style, well-priced food and drink are essential and there are plenty of options close by. The Madras Street Campus is right opposite a food court that offers a $4 curry that will change your life and at Perry’s Café you can always count on extra sour cream for those wedges you studied so hard to deserve. In a two minute walk you’ll find McDonalds, strategically placed directly opposite The Monday Room - a popular spot on a Friday night for a few beverages.

When you’re finished exploring the central city there’s plenty more out there and the Bus Exchange is only a hop, skip and a jump away. So far my friends and I have been kayaking on the Lyttelton Harbour to discover ship wrecks, seen Six60 and Macklemore live in concert, been punting down the Avon River, mountain biked down the Port Hills after watching the sun set, watched a high rise building be blown up (on purpose of course) and sung karaoke in front of complete strangers on a night out. These impromptu adventures will shape the memories of my student years.