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Live in Christchurch

Known as the “Garden City”, Christchurch certainly combines its city stature with a love of flora and fauna. Christchurch is an area that’s currently experiencing rapid growth and by the year 2028 it’s expected that there will be an additional 50,000 homes in the Greater Christchurch area - and this period of growth provides an ideal opportunity for skilled migrants and families looking to relocate.

Mount Cook
Sporting friendly

Christchurch is a very active place and living here you’ll benefit from the best facilities around! With two international standard facilities, the Canterbury CBS Arena and AMI Stadium as well as three major sport centres – Jellie Park, Graham Condon and Pioneer – you won’t be short of things to do or watch. If you’re looking to travel further afield then skiing and climbing activities are in abundance, just on your doorstep.


Christchurch has a strong connection to Antarctica, having had many expeditions stop off and start from the city due to its proximity. As such, there are museums, an observatory, churches and more all related to these expeditions that you can visit and learn more about the most southern area of the planet.


No matter what you want to eat, Christchurch won’t disappoint. Local produce is used in almost every establishment to provide the highest quality meals at all times. From the heart of the city to hidden gems, you can find almost any kind of cuisine, from Asian restaurants like King of Snake and Wok On In to more international food at Fiddlesticks and Pomeroy’s Old Brewery Inn.

Christchurch Attractions

the history of New Zealand military aviation

Air Force Museum of New Zealand

The Air Force Museum of New Zealand has a fantastic collection of classic aircrafts and gives an excellent insight into the life of the Royal New Zealand Air Force throughout the years. It’s a great way to explore the history of this remarkable organisation and the technology used throughout each era – and it also boasts a flight simulator.

A work - life balance

Whether you’re heading down to the Court Theatre to catch a performance or watching a movie at one of the city centre’s popular cinemas, Christchurch offers an abundance of activities to fill your after-work time. With a wide range of easily accessible activities in and around the city centre, you’ll be able to enjoy a great work-life balance that keeps you on top of your game.

Education is compulsory for everyone between the ages of 6 and 16
Education is available from 5 through to 19

New Zealand has been recognised by the Legatum Prosperity Index as having the best education system in the world. There are four further education institutes with campuses in Christchurch, which offer a great range of higher education options for students. These are the University of Canterbury, Lincoln University, Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology and the University of Otago Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences.


Christchurch Hospital is the biggest facility on the South Island of New Zealand and is located in the centre of Christchurch. It has one of the busiest emergency departments in the country and also has a helipad to help transport patients to the hospital. The hospital is also home to students from the University of Otago’s Christchurch School of Medicine, who are taught onsite in the later years of study.

Christchurch Attractions

an oasis in the city

the Botanic Gardens

Spanning over 21 hectares, the Christchurch Botanic Gardens are a quaint retreat in the centre of the city, which all started with the planting of an English Oak in 1863 to commemorate the marriage of Prince Albert and Princess Alexandra of Denmark. Each year the park sees more than 1.1 million visitors – making it one of the city’s most popular attractions!

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Living costs in Christchurch tend to be slightly higher than the average across the country, but in general the wages in the region take this into account. Offering a great combination between job opportunities and an active lifestyle, life in Christchurch goes a long way to keeping you fit and healthy.

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Christchurch is a great way to progress your career with a number of jobs available in three key industries; construction, planning and ICT. Christchurch is currently undergoing a lot of development, with planning and construction projects constantly on the go, leading to an abundance of work and job security. As the largest city in the area, it is a hub for businesses on the south island and this leads to a demand for ICT professionals in particular.

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