Selwyn District is operating at Red Setting under the COVID-19 Protection Framework. Under the Red setting, a vaccine pass is required to enter Te Ara Ātea. For more information see our COVID-19 page.

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 zone with a sensory 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 area outside 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.

Opening in December

Te Ara Ātea will open on 2 December 2021. Open from 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday (Thursdays open to 8pm) and 10am to 4pm on weekends.

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 the libraries events and programmes page.


Te Ara Ātea is a treasure trove bursting with stories. From an extensive selection of books to art and museum-style exhibits telling the stories of the Selwyn district, its landscape, history and communities.

Join a tour to see and hear the secrets of the building. To book a spot, visit the libraries Events and Programmes page and search for tours.