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.

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 hours

Open from 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday (Thursdays open to 8pm) and 10am to 4pm on weekends.