Living in Christchurch New Zealand
Christchurch is New Zealand’s second-largest city and the gateway to the South Island. Bordered by hills and the Pacific Ocean, it is situated on the edge of the Canterbury Plains that stretch to the Southern Alps.
Within two hours of an international airport, you can ski at a world-class alpine resort, play golf, hot-air balloon, wind surf, whale watch, bungy jump, raft, mountain bike and visit internationally-acclaimed wineries and gardens.
As the city centre rebuild takes shape there is still plenty to see and do, with Christchurch as a whole still arguably being one of the most beautiful cites in which to live and work.
For detailed information on Christchurch, please see www.Christchurchnz.com
For additional information on living in Christchurch, please see the NZ Immigration site: www.newzealandnow.govt.nz
Currently in Christchurch you can find a tidy 3 bedroom home in suburbs relatively near the CBD for around NZ$375,000+ (*based on January 2016 figures). See www.interest.co.nz/borrowing for a comparison of current interest rates offered by major lending institutions in NZ)
The cheapest form of renting is to share a flat (apartment) with other people. As can be expected, the prices vary greatly depending on the size of the house, the number of occupants and location. In general, you would pay NZ*$300 – $500 for inner city and about NZ*$285 – $350 for anything in the city fringes or outer suburbs (per person per week, excluding expenses). If you have a family or wish to rent an entire house or apartment within 15 – 20 minutes drive from the Christchurch CBD, you’ll be looking at approximately NZ*$450-$600 and up for 3br+, and around NZ*$200 – $375 + for 1 -2bedrooms. (*based on January 2016 figures).
Like any large NZ city, Christchurch offers accommodation to suit a wide range of tastes, styles and budgets. Your options include five star luxury hotels, intimate bed & breakfasts, up market lodges, boutique hotels, stylish serviced apartments, motels, home and backpackers.
Hotel/Hostel Location Daily Charge
Christchurch IBIS CBD $189 – $225
West Fitzroy Serviced Apartments CBD $150 – $200
YMCA Christchurch CBD $30 – $50 single or sharing
For more information about where to stay in Christchurch visit www.christchurchnz.com.
Driver licences from a certain selection of countries are valid in New Zealand for either 12 months or until their expiry date (depends on which comes first). For licences from countries not covered, an international driving permit is required. However, after 12 months either option must be replaced by a New Zealand driving licence. For further details, go to the NZ Transport Agency site www.nzta.govt.nz
Public transport is a common way of getting around the city. Buses are very frequent and reach many areas of Christchurch and surrounding suburbs. For up-to-date information on traffic and timetables go to: www.tfc.govt.nz and metroinfo.co.nz
Entertainment and Shopping
Christchurch has a great mix of art, culture and sport available, we have listed a few different options, for a comprehensive list of what Christchurch has to offer go to: www.Christchurchnz.com
The main shopping streets in central Christchurch are Colombo, Cashel Street (also known as the Re: START Mall) , Hereford, Gloucester and Armagh Streets.
Situated between Armagh & Gloucester Streets is New Regent Street, a cobbled street with an exciting mix of boutique shops. There is also excellent shopping in the malls, which are situated in the suburbs. The most upmarket is at Merivale, the largest are at Riccarton and Northlands.
Restaurants & Cafes
After you punt down the Avon River or stroll through Hagley Park, why not relax in one of the many restaurants or cafes in Christchurch.
Eateries includes fine dining, casual & family dining, breakfasts, local cuisine and a wide range of international food. Dining experiences can include anything from an evening at the iconic Dux de lux to experiencing some of Christchurch’s local cuisine.
Christchurch offers an extensive range of recreational and sporting experiences at a variety of locations throughout the city to encourage people to participate in, and enjoy physical recreation and sport.
There are sports facilities with training grounds and indoor/outdoor pools, as well as numerous parks and walkways for those so inclined. For those who like to test their adventurous spirit try a white water rafting adventure, or, during the winter months, you can travel just over an hour out to many of Canterbury’s winter playgrounds – Mt Hutt, Mt Lyford and Mt Cheeseman to name a few.
Christchurch is a sports lover’s paradise. From the beach to the mountains, there is something for everyone. There is never a shortage of sporting events to support. AMI Stadium is home of the famous Crusaders Super Rugby team and the venue for matches played by our national rugby team, the All Blacks. In the summer head to Hagley Park to support the Canterbury Aces. Christchurch also has a professional ice-hockey team, top class netball team and so much more.
For those wanting to participate then you have a great choice, from championship golf courses, parks and reserves and great mountain biking and scenic road trails to enjoy – to name a few!
The following websites may also provide valuable information to you.
Cost of Living Calculator: www.enz.org/cost-of-living-in-new-zealand/
Immigration NZ Skills Shortage List: www.skillshortages.immigration.govt.nz/
Inland Revenue Department: www.ird.govt.nz/international/comingleaving/coming/perm/coming-to-nz-perm.html