Moving To Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch is on an exciting journey to build the world’s newest city for the 21st century and beyond.
Out of the devastation of the major earthquakes that hit Canterbury in 2010 and 2011 there has come an extraordinary opportunity to boldly redesign the city with a focus on the future.

This unique environment has created business and employment opportunities in Christchurch that cannot be matched in other parts of the world. View more information on the employment opportunities in the Manufacturing or IT sectors, or visit the Careers New Zealand site for information about work and training options in Canterbury.

After extensive public consultation, a capital works programme is underway that will see the development of dedicated retail, cultural, innovation and health precincts, as well as a major convention centre, sports stadium and metro sports facility.

Christchurch has a world-renowned adventure playground on its doorstep – it is bordered by the Pacific Ocean, beautiful Banks Peninsula and the rich farmlands of the Canterbury Plains. The towering Southern Alps are less than 100 kilometres away and the resort towns of Queenstown, Wanaka and Milford Sound are all within easy reach.

Christchurch is globally connected and has international air and sea ports within 30 minutes of the central business district.

The ‘Garden City’ boasts great annual sunshine hours, world-class education and health systems, a safe living environment, and a less stressful pace of life. Put simply, it’s a great place to live, work and raise a family.

Christchurch, the Garden City, New Zealand

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Christchurch – #6 on the Lonely Planet ‘Top 10 Cities’ list 2013

“New Zealand’s ‘Garden City’ is rising from the rubble … with a breathtaking mix of spirit, determination and flair. With a unique opportunity to rethink urban form, Christchurch is bouncing back with a new energy and inventiveness.”
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The great outdoors

When it comes to outdoor activities, Christchurch residents are spoiled for choice. More than 700 city parks, 15 golf courses, the nearby Port Hills, Banks Peninsula, the Canterbury Plains and the rest of the magnificent South Island provide an exciting playground with something for everyone!

Settlement support

Christchurch recognises the positive contribution migrants make to the economy and culture. It also understands that each migrant’s experience is unique.

The city has a variety of well-established and proven settlement support services to help migrants adjust to their new home. This includes information and support on public services, emergency services, language, healthcare, transport options, banking, accommodation, insurance, education and finding work.

Education

New Zealand’s education system is world-class, modern and responsive – from preschool right through to tertiary level.

The central government announced in late 2013 that a NZD 1 billion investment will be made to upgrade and build new schools in Christchurch, reinforcing the country’s commitment to the life-long learning needs of students.

The arts, culture, food and wine

Christchurch boasts a vibrant festival, arts and culture scene that attracts international performers and recognition.

There are some 30 wineries within an hour’s drive of the city and many are on the city fringe. There are weekly farmers’ markets around the city offering farm-fresh produce and numerous high-end restaurants to discover.