Whilst the Sign of the Takahe has only suffered minor damage in the February Earthquake, new building codes and consents imposed by CERA have delayed this repair work. Due to this the Sign of the Takahe will unfortunately be closed until February 2012 to ensure it can remain a Christchurch icon for generations to come. We apologise for any inconvenience & look forward to seeing you in the new year!
Located high on the Cashmere Hills with unsurpassed views over Christchurch City, the Southern Alps across to the East Coast of the South Island, Sign of the Takahe is a building of national significance.
The historically listed jewel seen today is built from the idea of a complete visionary - coming together from entirely different architectural styles. The northwest façade, which overlooks the Canterbury Plains, is reminiscent of a Gothic style English Manor House of the 14th century while the southwest corner features a 17th century style baroque three story crenellated tower. The eastern aspect is in the style of a Dickensian inn from the late 18th century England.
Sign of the Takahe is still currently leased from Christchurch City Council and is one of Christchurch's most renowned wedding venues, function centres, and a la carte dining.
In operation all year round, the gardens can be enjoyed during the summer months with music on the lawn, and dining day and evening. And in winter, come in out of the cold to one of four open fires.