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Project updated: 30/06/2017

South Frame

South Frame

Pūtahi Whakatetonga


The South Frame will be a place for markets, events and celebrations – an area to gather, dine, be entertained or just relax.

At the heart of the South Frame will be the Greenway, a pedestrian and cycling corridor with distinctive gardens that will run the entire east-west length of the development.

The Greenway will connect four gathering spaces. Lanes branching off the Greenway will provide access to retail and hospitality businesses housed in restored or new buildings.


The South Frame is critical to the Central Christchurch Recovery Plan goal of creating a green, people-focused and well connected city centre. It will complete the ‘framing’ of the condensed central city by connecting the East Frame at one end with Ōtākaro/Avon River and Hagley Park at the other.



Ōtākaro is designing and constructing the public areas (the Greenway, gathering spaces and lanes) and is selling Crown land to developers with plans that will complement the South Frame.



Around three quarters of the South Frame is now complete and open to the public. Work on the remaining sections will be carried out as land becomes available. 

Who else is involved?

The City Care/JFC Joint Venture is developing the public spaces in the main area of the South Frame between the Innovation and Health Precincts.  You can contact the Joint Venture by phone on 021 110 1416 or via email at civil@citycare.co.nz


The South Frame development is being funded by the Crown.

Ngāi Tahu Grand Narrative

This Grand Narrative (18M file) documents the Ngāi Tahu values, customs and traditions relevant to the central Christchurch public realm, including the South Frame area.

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  • The Greenway – an ‘ecological spine’

    The Greenway will run east to west and will provide an attractive pedestrian and cycle corridor between the East Frame at one end and Hagley Park at the other.

    The green spaces will feature both native and exotic plantings. They will combine Christchurch’s gardening traditions, mahinga kai (Ngāi Tahu interests in traditional food and other natural resources and the places where those resources are obtained) and green infrastructure.

    The underlying geology of the region will also be conveyed through interpretive paving inlays that tell the ‘story of stone’ – the stone resources relevant to iwi. The Greenway will also connect the four public gathering spaces and perpendicular laneways that will provide access to shops, cafes and restaurants.

  • Mollet Street makeover

    Mollett Street in the central South Frame area, has been redeveloped to become a key section of the Greenway. 

  • The four gathering spaces

    The gathering spaces will play a key role in supporting the social, cultural and economic role of the South Frame. These ‘yards’ will be designed to draw people in to gather, relax, have lunch, observe and be entertained by:

    • creating inviting ‘green’ gathering spaces
    • providing adaptable spaces for events, performances and celebrations
    • creating a market/event space in Mollett Street
    • adaptively re-using key character buildings to retain authenticity, ensuring a distinctive identity.
  • The lanes

    The narrow, north-south lanes, which will run perpendicular to the Greenway, will draw people into the South Frame from nearby areas.

    The lanes will support retail and hospitality businesses, as well as small-scale office and studio-style operations in what urban planners call a ‘fine grain development’: many closely-spaced businesses, often with narrow frontages, that create an inviting and diverse experience.

    While the Greenway will be a car-free area for pedestrians and cyclists only, the Lanes will allow slow-speed vehicle traffic to service the adjacent businesses.

    Many heritage buildings in the area will be restored or modified. There will also be new, purpose-built facilities. The result will be a revived urban, industrial character and charm, softened by the ‘green’ public areas.

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