Thinking of moving to the ‘Garden City’ or need a reminder of why it’ s so great to live here? Here are five reasons to get you excited about the rebuilding and booming South Island capital.
1. Largest city in the South Island
Christchurch is the second largest city in New Zealand and has 361,900 of the 1 million South Island population. Following the 2010-2011 earthquakes, the city is ever-changing and emerging as a vibrant place to reside in for work and play.
While the CBD is still shrouded in remains of the disaster, excitement is always bubbling with new bars, restaurants, hotels and businesses opening and re-opening doors at every corner.
2. Easily accessible international reach
Christchurch International Airport is the South Island’s tourism gateway, which is served by twelve airlines and includes direct flights to eighteen domestic and eleven international destinations.
The airport is a quick fifteen minute drive (14 kilometres) from the Christchurch CBD. International sports teams for the ICC Cricket World Cup and U-20’s FIFA World Cup were all welcomed in the airport in 2015.
3. Options for higher education
There’s no shortage of education options in Christchurch with its two universities: University of Canterbury and Lincoln University who’s unique mission is to ‘feed the world, protect the future and live well.’
There are also two city-based polytechnic institutes of technology, CPIT and Aoraki Polytechnic.
4. Activities on your doorstep
There are activities to suit everyone’s taste and only a short drive from Christchurch. Nine ski and snowboard areas are within two hours drive; fourteen are within three.
You can tour wineries, bungee jump, rock climb, mountain bike, river raft, kayak, surf, swim, sunbathe, fish, golf, whale watch, seal watch and swim with dolphins.
5. Plenty of green spaces
The ‘Garden City’ offers plenty of sunshine and green space on your doorstep. You can walk the 80 kilometres of city walking tracks or visit one of the 740 city parks which cover 3,000 hectares.
The city sees an average of 2,143 hours of sunshine annually. Due to our high UV index (often exceeding 12 compared with Mediterranean highs of 9 or 10) and closer orbit to the sun in summer, sun screen is a must when living in Christchurch or anywhere in New Zealand.
Sources: CDC, Christchurch & Canterbury Tourism, Christchurch Airport, Lonely Planet