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Your comprehensive guide to moving to Christchurch

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Your comprehensive guide to moving to Christchurch
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Moving overseas
November 4, 2020
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Everything you will need to know when you move to Christchurch

When the time comes to move internationally, make your move from Australia to Christchurch with a team you can trust. This guide has all the information you will need get settled and start to feel like a local sooner.

Need an international removalist? WridgWays can take care of every aspect of you move from Australia to Christchurch with ease. Not only do we move your belongings, but can take care of the extras such as storage, insurance and much more!


A vibrant place to live

For those seeking a work-life balance Christchurch has the lot! With an exceptional quality of life, a strong economy and ample opportunity to grow your career or make a fresh start the possibilities are endless.

Christchurch is New Zealand's oldest city and its 'newest'. Following the 2011 earthquake, much of the city has been rebuilt and has become a modern and creative hub. Many development and infrastructure projects have been fast-tracked so the city is constantly evolving, with new places to explore and many healthy lifestyle options for residents.

If you live for adventure, Christchurch is an attractive base, with hiking, beaches, mountains and skiing on your doorstep.


A temperate climate to enjoy

You could describe Christchurch's climate as temperate oceanic, with mild winters and cool summers. The average high temperature in January (summer) is 22.4ºC, sea breezes keep residents comfortable. During July (winter) the average high temperature is 10.7ºC. Nights are cold and temperatures often fall below 0ºC and frosts are common. Snow can fall on nearby mountains once or twice a year.

In comparison with other major New Zealand cities, it is drier, with an average annual precipitation of 648mm.


Everything you need in a bustling city

From modern retail stores and boutiques, to markets and shopping malls, Christchurch has it all! The inner-city main shopping strips are Cashel, High and Colombo Streets, with boutiques, international retailers, and department stores. The SALT district is the place to go if you are looking for something a little different.

Popular suburban shopping malls close to the CBD include Westfield Riccarton, Northlands Shopping Centre and Dress-Mart Hornsby.

If you enjoy markets, there are many close to the CBD. The Christchurch Farmers' Market is held each Saturday at Riccarton House, Riverside Market is in a central location and is the perfect place to pick up some local produce.    


A taste of modern New Zealand cuisine

Christchurch offers everything from relaxed cafes to fine dining restaurants. Here are a few options:

  • Oxford Terrace precinct is in a central location and offers multiple options to pick up a quick bite to eat, and relax on The Terrace by the Avon or sit and watch the world go by. The Riverside Market is a seven day a week indoor market and has many cafes, restaurants and bars.
  • The SALT District is an alternative neighbourhood for a quick bite to eat or to grab a morning coffee
  • New Regent Street is a heritage street where you can sit back and enjoy the scenery while you indulge in a coffee and cake!
  • Ride the City Tram and enjoy a meal for that special occasion (like a move to a new city)

Visa and Employment

Speak to the experts

We offer visa and immigration services and can guide you through the process. We support you each step of the way and can prepare all paperwork - ensuring that you meet all compliance requirements. Make your move to Christchurch a straightforward move.

If you are looking for a job in Christchurch or the Canterbury region, visit seek, indeed or trademe.


Where to live in Christchurch

In comparison to other cities in New Zealand, Christchurch is an affordable city to live and you will find that housing stock is some of the newest. With older historic areas to beachside suburbs, there is something for every taste and budget, all you need to do is find your perfect home. We've listed a few to get you started.    

  • Merivale
  • Sumner
  • Riccarton
  • Central Christchurch


World-class education awaits

Finding schools is the top of the list if you are moving to Christchurch with children. Luckily, the New Zealand school system is highly regarded worldwide and has a reputation for excellence.

Visit the Education Counts website for a comprehensive list of schools and their details in the Christchurch area. Then contact your preferred school to find out about how to enrol.

For more information on the New Zealand school system visit the New Zealand Now website.    


An extensive network

Christchurch has an extensive bus network which connects the city with the suburbs and wider region, so the bus is a great option. Purchasing a Metrocard is the easiest way to travel the network.  

Other forms of public transport include a ferry service, taxis and the city tram. If you are an avid cyclist the city is relatively flat and there is numerous major cycle routes to connect the city with suburbs.


A quality healthcare system

Christchurch offers a modern and quality healthcare system. There are several private and public hospitals across the region and within the city. If you need a GP, visit the CDHB website.

In an emergency, always call 111.

Cost of Living

Be informed

When you move to a new country, often there will be differences in the costs of everyday items. We recommend you do some research so that you are prepared and don't receive any unexpected surprises. Visit a website like Numbeo or New Zealand Now to understand the costs associated with living in a new country and how they may differ from your home country living expenses.

Download the full guide guide here.

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