Festival venue, accommodation and local information


We are very excited to return to Christchurch, home of the first MEDANZ Festival, to celebrate our 25th anniversary. We are also very excited to be able to use a newly converted arts venue located at the YMCA, 12 Hereford Street, Christchurch.

Just across the road from the still-being-mended Christchurch Arts Centre,
and minutes from central shopping and transport hubs, Papa Hou (Treasure Box) was purpose built, converting under-used squash courts and a gymnasium to 


soundproofed studios and a multi-purpose theatre, with funky graffiti art walls, built in sound systems and great floors!









The YMCA offer a wide range of 'on-site' accommodation, from private en suite rooms to dorms. In partnership with the YMCA, we are pleased to offer Festival attendees a 10% discount off their accommodation at the YMCA.  Please contact the YMCA directly by phone or email, and quote MEDANZ to get your discount.

If you wish to share a twin share room or dorm room with other MEDANZers, or you are interested in finding a local host please either join our Facebook accommodation connection group or if you don't do Facebook contact committee by email: committee@medanz.org.nz

There is plenty of alternate accommodation within walking distance of the venue:

lounge.jpgYHA (right next door)
Orari Bed & Breakfast 450m
ibis Christchurch Hotel 600m
The Grange Boutique B&B and Motel 600m  
Heritage Hotel Christchurch 850m 
Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square Hotel 900m
Hotel 115 950m 
BreakFree on Cashel 1.1km
Rydges Hotel Latimer Christchurch 1.3km 





Regular Metro Red Bus services connect the airport to the city centre and many other
locations in Christchurch. Both the Purple Line, Number 125 and the Number 29 buses will get you to the YMCA or central bus depot. You can buy your tickets from the driver. Tickets cost $8.50* one way or $15 return. Both buses depart from the northern end of the International Arrivals Hall, between the terminal and the long-term car park (exit through door 9 past the Vodafone counter). 


Super shuttles are available from the same area of the terminal and are $24* each way.


Travel time from the airport to the city centre is approximately 15-20 minutes. Prices vary by taxicompany and you are advised to ask before beginning your journey. The standard fare is usually around $45-$65*.
Please note there is currently no Uber service to Christchurch Airport*.

*Information correct as at 31 December 2016.



Papa Hou at the YMCA has an on-site gym, Robert Harris cafe and Duo Asian fusion restaurant.  It is minutes from the Christchurch Botanical Gardens and Hagley Park, Canterbury Museum, the Margaret Mahy playground, the newly opened Cashel Street shopping precinct, Christchurch bus interchange and the Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial.  A little more of a leg stretch away is the transitional Cathedral and the South City Mall. There are plenty of dining options nearby, from fast food to fine dining.

Check out the i site for the latest information on Christchurch attractions and amenities.