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.

When does it open?Te Ara Atea opening season guide

Te Ara Ātea will open on 2 December 2021. FInd out the opening hours here.

Come and celebrate Te Ara Ātea, the new manawa of our town.

Opening Season Guide

There are a wide range of programmes, events and workshops from December to March. Find out what's on offer or search them on our events and programmes page.


Join us for a tour of Te Ara Ᾱtea, where we'll show you where to find all your favourite books and share with you our art and heritage exhibitions.

Bookings are essential. To book a spot, email us at libraries@selwynlibraries.co.nz.