Living Here

New to Canterbury? Haere mai!

Waitaha Canterbury is at the heart of one of the most naturally diverse islands in the world. With accessible hills and coastlines, parks and open spaces this is a region where you can live, swim, surf, ski, mountain bike and much more, all during the same season or even in the same day!

Ōtautahi Christchurch, the second largest city in Aotearoa New Zealand and the largest city in Te Waipounamu, the South Island, has gone through a number of challenges which has provided us with the opportunity to reinvent our city and the community we live in.  Featuring in the New York Times list of 100 cities to visit in 2020, Christchurch is a vibrant, energetic city where urban regeneration, creativity and innovation thrive. It is filled with amazing street art, innovative projects, a booming retail and hospitality scene and state-of-the-art architecture that is changing the way the city looks, feels and functions. A gateway to the Te Waipounamu and all the taonga (treasures) it holds. Explore the beautiful surrounding mountains and valleys and then in minutes find yourself lazing on the beach. Ōtautahi has something for everyone, whether you’re a city slicker or a rural dweller Christchurch is easily accessible and in addition to all the local benefits, you have a direct link to any country around the globe, thanks to an international airport within the city bounds.

Whether it’s by car, public transport, e-scooters or by foot, inner city Christchurch is greatly accessible. Most public buses will get you into the CBD, and if cycling is more your thing – you’re in luck! You’ll find many cycle-ways and lanes on your way around town. 

So, if it’s the urban or rural lifestyle you prefer then It's time to explore the unrivalled work-life balance of Ōtautahi Christchurch.

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