Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre opens its (virtual) doors

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre has partnered with Christchurch-based technology company JIX Reality to launch a virtual tour of the centre.

The venue is using the technology to showcase the building to potential clients and the community through a virtual tour that can be viewed online, or using a phone, iPad or virtual reality headset.

Each experience starts at Te Pae Christchurch’s main Oxford Terrace entrance and Ground Floor Foyer before (virtual) guests visit the centre’s array of flexible and modern spaces, including the 1,400 seat Auditorium; the Rivers Room – a 1,000-seat banquet space; the 2,800-square-metre exhibition halls and an array of smaller meeting rooms and pre-function areas.

Depending on the viewing method, the tour either follows a pre-determined path, or users can undertake a self-guided, 360-degree experience and visit specific spaces.

“Christchurch is well-known for being innovative and pushing the envelope in those areas where it has the expertise and passion to make a difference, so it’s little surprise that hi-tech solutions are one of the city’s growth industries,” Te Pae Christchurch general manager Ross Steele said.

“JIX Reality is a great example of this, the team are forward-thinking and creative – they came up with some industry-leading ideas and had the technological capability to make it a reality.

“And when we needed to look at solutions that would allow us to open our doors, so to speak, while the borders remained closed – they quickly adapted our new virtual product to suit.”