Are you moving to Christchuch, New Zealand?
Let us help you plan your relocation and discover everything Christchurch and the Canterbury region has to offer. Crown are an international and domestic relocations company, specialising in furniture removals, storage, overseas moving, movers insurance, world moving, office moving, relocation services and lots more. We will even relocate your vehicle and pets!
Address: 15 Foremans Road, Hornby 8042, Christchurch
Christchurch is known as the Garden City, and for good reason. Scattered throughout the city and its suburbs are many beautiful public parks and other green spaces, with the jewel in Christchurch’s crown being Hagley Park, situated within easy walking distance of the city’s central business district. Christchurch is seen as New Zealand’s most English city, and is famed for its vibrant arts scene, dramatic scenery and the beautiful Canterbury region, all capped off by the Southern Alps mountain range, which is visible from most parts of the city.
Christchurch is New Zealand’s second-largest city and with its international airport, serves as the gateway to the south island, with extensive transport links to all the major centres and tourist attractions that the south island is justifiably famous for, with New Zealand’s adventure playgrounds of Queenstown and Wanaka just a short flight away.
Since the earthquakes in September 2010 and February 2011, Christchurch has undergone considerable redevelopment, and has seen the central business district and the rest of the city undergo significant rebuilding, and while this is a long-term project, the progress that has been made allowed the city to host a number of games for the 2015 Cricket World Cup.
There are many tourist attractions in Christchurch, International Antarctic Centre , Orana Park and Willowbank Wildlife Park. The local tourist authority’s website has many more ideas for places to visit and activities in Christchurch and across the Canterbury region.
Since the earthquakes, Christchurch has been steadily rebuilding and improving its housing stock, as there are accommodation shortages in some areas of the city. Crown Christchurch’s experienced and helpful staff have built up extensive links with the local business community, and they will be able to help you find accommodation to suit your needs.
Visa / Permits
There are a number of types of visa that you may be eligible for when moving to New Zealand. Depending on the length of your stay or whether you plan to work, study or invest here.
The different types of visa available reflect the different Government-funded public services potentially available to expatriates.
From work to residence visas, essential skills visas, and visas for parents and children, check what may be available to you at New Zealand Now.
The New Zealand Dollar (NZD) is the local currency, and coins come in denominations of 10c, 20c, 50c, $1 and $2, with $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100 dollar notes.
When it comes time to convert your money to New Zealand dollars, it’s highly recommended that you do so via online transferal companies, as opposed to cash or travellers cheques. This is because banks are known to charge very high rates when dealing with these.
Crown recommends the services of OFX for converting your money online. People have been known to save hundreds, and sometimes thousands of dollars through this simple procedure. Visit Moving your Money for more information.
Something else that could come in handy is opening up a New Zealand bank account before arriving in the country. This makes the transferal process of your converted money much easier and again minimises the extra costs that are commonly involved with this process.
There are a number of banks that offer easy, online sign up services, including; Westpac, Kiwibank and Bank of New Zealand.
Christchurch’s public transport bus network covers the whole city, operated by Metro and Red Bus, and there are limited public bus services across the wider Canterbury region. Christchurch has an international airport which provides services throughout New Zealand using the Air Chathams, Air New Zealand and Jetstar networks.
Christchurch has a main hospital and all the health services you would expect to find in a major city are provided by the Canterbury DHB and a number of private companies throughout the city.
There are over 150 schools in Christchurch, with combined enrolments of some 57,500 primary and secondary school children. Since the earthquakes in September 2010 and February 2011, the city and surrounding area’s educational establishments have undergone considerable reorganisation with a number of schools being merged, and others moving to new sites. Because of this, please refer to the Ministry of Education to help you choose. With regards to higher education, there are two universities in Christchurch, the University of Canterbury and Lincoln University.
Christchurch’s cultural diversity, vibrant art and creative scene make for an established social environment, with constant opportunities to meet people from all walks of life. Because of this unique atmosphere, expatriates do not have trouble to blend into the wider Christchurch community. Opportunities to form closer-knit groups arise through children’s school activities and events, as well as through sports teams, sporting fixtures, and hobby or special interest groups. There are also a number of reputable singles networks in the local area that arrange sightseeing trips, restaurant dinners and weekend events. There are a number of organisations available to provide professional networking opportunities, these include Fit 4 Business and Elite6 Business.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Crown Relocations has made every effort to present accurate information. However, regulations, rates and other variables are subject to change and Crown Relocations cannot accept responsibility for the errors that might result. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact your local Crown representative.