About the library at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre

Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre is located at 341 Halswell Road.

Opening hours

  • Library hours
  • The Christchurch City Council service desk is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am to 5pm (in pool season 12 November 2022 to 26 March 2023)


  • The Orange line and number 100 and 125 bus routes stop nearby. See the Metroinfo timetables for more information. 
  • Metrocard top-up service is available at the CCC service desk, Monday to Friday 9am to 7pm and 10am to 5pm weekends.
  • Bikestands outside library
  • Parking: outside library, with mobility access parks

Services and Facilities

Computers and technology


Total library collection size: 45,000 items

Meeting rooms

Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre includes two large venues catering for up to 450 people (300 in one space and 150 in the other), a medium-sized space for up to 40 people and four smaller meeting rooms. Kitchen and function centre facilities are included.

All spaces are bookable and available to the public and community groups.

Bookings and enquiries about the spaces for hire can be made by calling the Christchurch City Council on (03) 941 8999 or 0800 800 169.

Find out more about the meeting rooms and pricing.

Red Café

Monday to Friday - 9am to 5pm
Saturday and Sunday - 10am to 4pm

Phone 322-5664

Te Hāpua Halswell Summer Pool

The Te Hāpua Halswell Summer Pool is open during the summer months. It is open from 12 November 2022 until 26 March 2023. Most days the pool will be open 11.30am to 7pm (Christmas Day closed, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve closes at 6pm). The hydroslide is open every day 12noon to 6pm.

Te Kete Wānanga o Ōtūmatua

About our Māori name.

How Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre got its name

Information from the May 2015 newsletter.

In a competition run from December 2014 to January 2015, Christchurch City Council received 162 valid suggestions. A panel of Council staff and rūnanga sorted through the entries and selected six finalists, which were voted on by the public with 766 votes between them. The winning suggestion was “The Halswell Centre”.

Throughout the naming process, the Council consulted with Mahaanui Kurataiao Ltd (MKT) and the two local rūnanga on a te reo Māori name for the facility to complement the competition name winner and reflect the local area. The consensus was for Te Hāpua, which roughly translates to “the lagoons”. This refers to the outdoor pool, as well as the location of the complex alongside Te Tauawa-a-Maka/Nottingham Stream, an upper tributary of the Huritini/Halswell River. This is in turn an important source of Lake Ellesmere (Te Waihora), which is very important to rūnanga.

Listen to the Māori name [106KB MP3]

About the development of Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre

The Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre, located at 341 Halswell Road opened Saturday 28 November 2015.