An Ōtautahi Christchurch Monopoly board has just been launched featuring city landmarks voted on by Cantabrians

Publish Date
Wednesday, 1 November 2023, 8:51AM

Christchurch is getting its very own Monopoly board after Cantabrians voted on which city landmarks should be included in the city’s own version of the famous board game.

The Garden City has become the fourth custom New Zealand Monopoly board following a board launch in Southland last year and in Wellington in 2017.

After months of collaboration with locals, thousands across the Christchurch region have placed their votes for which landmarks they think should be on the board.

Today, the board is being launched in the city which is rebuilding from the devastating earthquakes of 2010 and 2011.

The game features a host of landmark Christchurch locations. Photo / NZ Herald

The custom-themed squares on the Christchurch Monopoly board are:

  • Brown – Orana Wildlife Park, Avon River
  • Light Blue – Isaac Theatre Royal, The Court Theatre, International Antarctic Centre
  • Pink – Punting on the Avon River, Christchurch Adventure Park, Christchurch Tram
  • Orange – The Crossing, Merivale Mall, Westfield Riccarton
  • Red – Pegasus Bay Winery, Inati, The George
  • Yellow – The Bog, Fat Eddie’s, Joes Garage
  • Green – Christ’s College Canterbury, St Margaret’s College, University of Canterbury
  • Dark Blue – Christchurch Cathedral, Hagley Park
  • Transport – Christchurch Airport, Antarctic Hägglund, Cathedral Junction, Lyttelton Port
  • Utilities - Orion
  • Tax – Go Media
  • Chance & Community Chest noted – Christchurch Casino

Charlotte Waalkens, representative from the Winning Moves, the makers of custom Monopoly Boards, said: “As a New Zealander myself, I am thrilled to be coming home to honour a Kiwi town with their own custom Monopoly game.

“Christchurch is not only known for its incredible strength and resilience over the years but is beloved for its beautiful scenery and rich cultural scene.

“I can’t think of a better place to pay tribute to for our first New Zealand project in years.”

Christchurch Mayor Phil Mauger said it was fantastic news that Christchurch is getting its own version of Monopoly.

“There’s so much to love about our city and now everyone will get to experience that on the Monopoly board, whether it’s the mountains on our doorstep, Hagley Park or Fat Eddie’s,” he said.

“This really highlights the beauty and wide range of activities on offer in the city. I can’t wait to sit down and play Christchurch Monopoly with my family.”

The Monopoly game first hit shelves in 1935 and has since been played by more than one billion people.

This article was first published by the NZ Herald and is republished here with permission.

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