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The conference will be held at the UC ARTS city location in the heart of the city, and at Papa Hou, an arts venue in the nearby YMCA building. Both locations are in Hereford Street, within a block of the Canterbury Museum, the Christchurch Art Gallery, the Botanical Gardens and Hagley Park.

Arts Centre locations map Oceanic Memory Conference


YMCA Christchurch is offering a 10% discount on accommodation for conference participants. Please use the reference ‘ocean memory’ when booking accommodation.


YMCA Christchurch is offering conference participants free full-day parking in their Cashel St. carpark. Please register your vehicle at the YMCA reception to avoid being clamped or towed. (Limited parks are available.) 

  • Free parking is also available at the Botanical Gardens (entry off Rolleston Ave/Armagh St.) It is a 10 minute walk from the Botanic Gardens to the Arts Centre.  The carpark gate is locked at 9pm.

Taxi Services

  • Gold Band Taxis  (03) 3795795
  • Blue Star Taxi (03) 3799 799
  • Green Cabs 0800 46 47336

Local Cafés and Restaurants

The following cafes are within a 5 minute walk of the conference venues:

Robert Harris Café
YMCA Building, 12 Hereford St 

Conference specials:

  • 1 x daily free coffee upgrade
  • 1 x daily free coffee upgrade
  • A $12 lunch deal, including: 1 x savoury item, 1 x sweet item and a medium-sized hot drink.

DUO Dining Room & Bar
YMCA Building, 12 Hereford St

Conference specials – present your conference ID to receive:

  • A selection of ‘Business Lunch’ specials for $16 or 10% discount off menu items.
  • A coffee for $3.50 when purchasing food.

Boatshed Café 
2 Cambridge Terrace

Bunsen Restaurant
2 Worcester Blvd

Christchurch i-SITE Visitor Centre

28 Worcester Boulevard, 8.30am-6pm. Ph. (03) 379 9629.

Christchurch Double Decker Bus Tours

Tours range from $35-$69 per adult.
Book online ( or purchase tickets from the driver.
Ph. 0800 HASSLEFREE (427753)