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Moving to Christchurch

If you are looking for a less stressful, slower paced lifestyle Christchurch is your city. Largely destroyed by the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011, the city has been rebuilt into the garden capital of New Zealand. Areas that are deemed unsuitable for residential housing have been turned into public parks or ‘food forests’, adding to the charm of the city.

To help you move and settle into your new home city, we have assembled a team of handpicked and stingingly vetted service providers that specialise in assisting expats living in Christchurch.

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Top 5 tips for expats in Christchurch

Christchurch is being rebuilt into a modern city with a coffee culture to rival the world’s finest.

Below are the top 5 insider tips for expats moving to Christchurch.

A sense of community
Christchurch locals, like other New Zealanders, are friendly welcoming people. What is unique in Christchurch is that there is greater sense of community. This could be the city coming together after the devastation of the earthquakes. You will be welcomed into the community with open arms.

Getting around Christchurch
Although there is an extensive bus system in Christchurch and the city is trying to reopen old routes, transport times can be irregular. Driving the most popular way to travel around Christchurch as parking is readily available. Those who are accustomed to cycling will find the flat city centre ideal as there are rarely any hills to climb.

Settlement support
The efforts of expats moving to help rebuild the city is recognised through well-established settlement support services in Christchurch. Information and support is provided in a range of services including public and emergency services, healthcare, accommodation, education and insurance.

Access to healthcare
The public healthcare system is generally free in New Zealand for expats with a work permit or permanent residency permit. However, you should be aware that you need to have been living in Christchurch for two years on a work permit before you can access the healthcare system. For this reason, most expats choose private health insurance.

“Fun fact” about Christchurch
The city centre is flat. Flat, flat, flat. Flatter than a pancake. This is ideal for cycling and leisurely strolls.

Meet your Christchurch Team Leader

Matt Jones

As the Managing Director of a recruitment firm, Matt regularly travels the world to assist expats who want to move to Christchurch to live and work.

Matt understands the challenges expats face when moving to Christchurch. He has been involved in expat community programs in Christchurch that assist newly arrived expats with integrating into the community.

His local knowledge and connections enable him to provide practical advice to expats arriving in Christchurch.


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