On-site facilities

Onsite Facilities

Visions on Campus Restaurant and Visions Pantry

Our focus on practical, applied learning means that we can often provide the products of these classes to staff and students at reasonable prices.

Students and staff from the Department of Hospitality and Service Industries run Visions Pantry, an on-site cafe at the City campus in Christchurch which serves a range of food and beverages to enjoy on site or to take away.

Visions on Campus Restaurant (City campus, Christchurch) opens for lunch and evening dining, while Starz Restaurant (Timaru campus) opens for breakfast and evening dining at specified times throughout the year. Opening times are promoted online and throughout the campus.

Staff Rooms and Facilities

Each campus has a staffroom for the use of all staff and most sections have facilities for making refreshments. There are a number of food outlets on site at the City campus and the Woolston campus has a cafe serving a range of food. In Timaru there are cafes, shops and supermarkets within walking distance of the campus, while the Ashburton and Oamaru campuses are just a few minutes' drive away from the main street.

Car Parking

Car parking (either free or low cost) is available at or near all campus locations. You can learn more about parking, and other options for travelling to and from our campus locations, here.

Early Learning Centres at the City campus, Christchurch

Te Whare Manaaki o nga Tamariki

This Ara-operated Early Learning Centre is available to all staff and has an excellent reputation for high quality care. All staff members working in the centre have an early childhood education qualification and places are highly sought after.

Te Waka Huruhurumanu ki Ōtautahi

This is a bilingual Early Learning Centre for children from six months to five years. The centre offers high quality care and education with emphasis on using Te Reo Māori. Although not operated by Ara, it is on the City campus and is available to staff and students.


The Ara library has a wide range of publications, resources and Learning Services available to staff.