Christchurch Railway Station

Off Blenheim Road
Addington, Canterbury
Christchurch railway station moved in 1993 to the brown-fields zone of Addington, where trendy urban folk are now taking up residence as part of urban renewal following the Canterbury Earthquakes.
Despite arriving 20 years before the wave of development, the mainly glass-walled structure with complementary landscaping cuts a fine and handsome figure thanks to architect, Thom Craig of Warren & Mahoney.

Also on the site is a water tower constructed in 1883 when there was a major railway workshop on this site. The water tower was one of the world's first ferro-concrete structures. It is also the only surviving part of the railway workshop complex, which is now called Tower Junction and is a Ngai Tahu owned shopping centre. The tower then went on to survive the Christchurch Earthquakes

Christchurch's relationship with it's railway stations has always been stilted and difficult, and this is the city's third attempt to get it right. Wikipedia explains the rest.
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  • Christchurch Railway Station
    Christchurch Railway Station
  • Water Tower
    Water Tower
  • Street map
    Street map
  • Addington Railway Workshops, Christchurch, 02 May 1898, by Francis Dutch. Te Papa (D.000657)
    Addington Railway Workshops, Christchurch, 02 May 1898, by Francis Dutch. Te Papa (D.000657)
  • Addington Railway Workshops, Christchurch, 02 May 1898, by Francis Dutch. Te Papa (D.000662)
    Addington Railway Workshops, Christchurch, 02 May 1898, by Francis Dutch. Te Papa (D.000662)
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