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Architects of Air

Arboria may be closed due to wind or adverse weather conditions for safety reasons. Closures will be notified on our Facebook page and news page on the website.

Cathedral Square is transformed with this totally immersive "Luminarium" that combines design, engineering and filtered light to create a spectacular world of saturated colour.

Travel along a fantastical maze of winding paths through chambers filled with soaring domes, geometric patterns and gothic designs.

Designed by Alan Parkinson, ARBORIA is dedicated to the theme of trees and the installation offers a dazzling maze of winding paths and soaring domes - between eight and ten metres tall - that rise to a brightly luminous tree trunk and branches that reach overhead. 

ARBORIA also features an amazing sound experience which originated in the Ecuadorian Cloud Forest where musician and soundscape ecologist, Alice Eldridge, made recordings for biodiversity monitoring. To the forest and wildlife sounds Alice has added her own piano composition.

Architects of Air
Designed by Alan Parkinson

Please note:  Arboria will be closed to all door sales (including walk-ups) Thursday 10 September from 2:30pm.


  • FRI 4 SEP - SUN 13 SEP


  • Cathedral Square


ALL TICKETS $5* - Door sales available, priority booking available online**

11am - 5pm (last admission) Mon-Fri
10am-5pm (last admission) Sat & Sun 

Please note: due to pre-bookings Arboria will be closed to sales (including walk-ups) Friday 4 September 3pm-5:30pm and Thursday 10 September 2:30-5:30pm. Arboria may be closed in adverse weather conditions.

Accessible to wheelchairs and those with mobility issues.

Under 16s to be accompanied by an adult (maximum 4 children per adult). Under 3s free.

*Any tickets already purchased for Exxopolis will be valid for Arboria

**Booking fee applies to online bookings


Approximately 20 minutes at peak times
...simple sunlight is transformed into something extraordinary… … an experience like no other
- The Daily Star

Proudly sponsored by:

  • Sponsor McConnell Dowell

In association with:

  • Sponsor Insite Arts

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Cathedral Square

Central Christchurch
Christchurch CBD