by Pam Hunt

Living in Christchurch

Christchurch Ōtautahi is New Zealand's second largest and newest city. With its proximity to the mountains and the ocean, it provides an easy life-style that draws equally on it's natural surroundings and urban opportunities.

Christchurch Ōtautahi

Christchurch is located on the east coast of the South Island. It's the largest city in the South Island, and the second largest in New Zealand, with a population of approximately 390,000 people.

Explore Your Pathway in Ōtautahi Christchurch

Weather and Climate

Christchurch is a city of four seasons. Summer (December - February) is generally mild and sunny with low humidity and rain. Autumn (March - May) has long periods of settled weather. Winter (June - August) often offers frosty mornings and sunny days, while Spring (September - November) brings a burst of flowers and beautiful cherry blossoms.

More information on our weather can be found at Metservice.


Go to ChristchurchNZ to learn more about living, exploring, studying and working in Christchurch.

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Christchurch City Council

The Christchurch City Council's (CCC) website provides practical detail relating to living in Christchurch including available services, recreation and sporting facilities, parks and gardens, culture and community and transport.


The city is served by buses (Metro) and a range of taxi companies. 

Christchurch Airport (international and domestic) is only 20 minutes from both Hillmorton High School and the city centre.

Buses and shuttles link Christchurch to other towns and cities throughout the South Island.


Eventfinda for information on upcoming events and activities.

Sport Canterbury provides connections to local sports clubs, exercise classes and groups, recreational programmes, parks and facilities.

Community Information Christchurch (Cinch) is an online community of clubs and organisations.

It is free to join Christchurch City Libraries.