Te Ara Ātea Spaces

Stair view

Te Ara Ātea has a multitude of spaces to cater for creativity to socialising and productivity to relaxation. If you need a space to work, meet, present or perform – you can find one at Te Ara Ātea.

The names of the internal spaces represent horizons, trails and geographical markers in the Selwyn district.

Alongside all these great spaces, Te Ara Ātea houses a tamariki space, community lounge, café and of course loads of books. Our community spaces and rooms are plug and play – so you can grab one of our Google Chromebooks or bring your own device.

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

Te Waka Huia

Te Waka Huia is where we store our precious collections, or local history and taonga. The jewel in the crown of Te Ara Ātea, this is an inclusive space of calm inspiration, where you can breathe and reflect. Located at the top of the stairs, facing east.


Toi Huarewa

Toi Huarewa perfect for events, meetings, community groups and gatherings. Toi Huarewa references the pathways we take in the pursuit and acquisition of knowledge. Tucked away at the southern end of Te Ara Ātea.

For booking enquiries email us at bookings@selwyn.govt.nz.

Meeting room

Huanui and Tahatū

In keeping with the themes of pathways and journeys, the names of these two rooms reference road and horizon. Each is a small study or meeting space situated on the ground floor near the community lounge and café.

For booking enquiries email us at bookings@selwyn.govt.nz.

Te Whare Tapere

Te Whare Tapere is the house of entertainment, games, theatre, fun and delight. This is the space for testing new art forms, for practicing and innovating established art forms and for bringing back past traditions. Located on the southwest corner of the ground floor.

For booking enquiries email us at bookings@selwyn.govt.nz.

Wāhi Auaha

Wāhi Auaha is a place to create and learn new things. It features 3D printers, robotics, games, music equipment and production tools. Designed for all ages and accessible on the northern side of the ground floor.

Wāhi Waihaka

Wāhi Waihaka is a workshop space to develop ideas, create and construct. It features tools and some handy machines to get the creative juices flowing. It’s located on the southern side of Te Ara Ātea with a rolling garage door.