International Exhibition (1906)

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EXPO Christchurch 1906
International Exhibition in Christchurch, main building.jpg
Main building
BIE-class Unrecognized exposition
Name New Zealand International Exhibition
Area 164 hectares (410 acres)
Visitors 2,000,000
Country New Zealand
City Christchurch
Venue Hagley Park
Coordinates 43°31′48″S 172°37′12″E / 43.53000°S 172.62000°E / -43.53000; 172.62000
Opening 1 November 1906 (1906-11-01)
Closure 15 April 1907 (1907-04-15)
Universal expositions
Previous Liège International (1905) in Liège
Next Brussels International 1910 in Brussels
Other Milan International (1906)

The New Zealand International Exhibition (the biggest in the country to that time) opened 1 November 1906 in Hagley Park, Christchurch, New Zealand. Nearly two million people visited the exhibition during the next few months.[1] A branch railway line was built across North Hagley Park to service the exhibition. The attractions included New Zealand’s first professional symphony orchestra (conducted by Alfred Hill), and the first Dominion pipe band contest which was won by the Dunedin Highland Pipe Band. The exhibition closed on 15 April 1907 and the remaining buildings had been removed by the end of August 1907.

The architect for the buildings was Joseph Clarkson Maddison. He also designed the Carlton Hotel, which was commissioned by the Wards's Brewery to be built in time for the International Exhibition.[2]

Chromolithograph of the Exhibition Buildings in Hagley Park by Philip Robert Presants
Plan of the Exhibition Buildings in Hagley Park


  1. ^ "New Zealand International Exhibition 1906". Christchurch City Libraries. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "Carlton Hotel". Register of Historic Places. Heritage New Zealand. Retrieved 10 April 2011. 

Coordinates: 43°31′37″S 172°37′34″E / 43.527°S 172.626°E / -43.527; 172.626