Te Ara Ātea

Nau mai, haere mai ki Te Ara Ātea.

Welcome to the unobstructed trail to the world and beyond.

Te Ara Ātea is the manawa of Rolleston’s new town centre – a place of discovery, community gathering and sharing knowledge. You can find out the story behind the name here.

Inside you will find a modern library with an extensive selection of books, magazines and reference material, a large video projection wall, tamariki space, a studio, café, workshop area and exhibition and performance spaces. The jewel in the crown, is Te Waka Huia with beautifully curated taonga displays. Explore what's on offer.

Spaces can be booked for meetings, presentations and performances. Find out about the spaces in and surrounding Te Ara Ātea here or in our handy opening season guide [PDF, 2902 KB].

The outdoor sensory garden is alive with spaces to explore and play with accessible raised gardens, edible plants, sound and colour features.

Whether you’re looking for a quiet reflective spot, creative hub, a sensory experience or a good read, Te Ara Ātea has it all.