Papa Hou (Treasure Box) is YMCA Christchurch’s new arts venue located in the heart of the city on Hereford Street.

This flexible space is ideal for all kinds of performance, including dance, theatre, circus and music – as well as being highly suitable for conferences, functions, weddings, balls etc.

This expansive complex comprises of a large 405sqm black box space – featuring 180 movable and retractable seats, a sprung wooden floor, and full light/sound grid and rig. There is an option of having some of Christchurch’s finest street art on display around the walls, or the ability to fully cover up with black drapery.

Also available are three smaller studio spaces, as well as a licensed bar/lounge/foyer area.

Papa Hou main
405sqm (27m x 15m) black box space equipped with:

  • Junkcrs sprung wooden dance floor
  • Kotobuki movable retractable seating (2 x 90 seat units)
  • Light and Sound grid (at 6m) and rig operable from any point in the room
  • Five Anchor points for aerial rigging etc.
  • Drape kit with movable tabs
  • Skyjack elevated work platform
    Three studios in converted squash courts 10.7m x 6.3m, with wooden floors and sound systems


    Papa Hou 4
    Papa Hou 3
    Papa Hou 1
    Papa Hou 2



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