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About Christchurch, the Garden City

Christchurch lifestyle

Christchurch is the regional capital of the province of Canterbury. Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island with a population of 382 000.

Christchurch prides itself on its arts, its sports, its history, and its gardens.

Close to the City there are opportunities for mountain biking in the Port Hills, and surfing or windsurfing at nearby beaches.

George Wiggins on the ski slopes - news bannerFrom Christchurch there is easy access to the Southern Alps, with 13 ski areas within two to four hours' drive of Christchurch.

Culture and entertainment are well provided for with a number of live theatres, art galleries, and numerous restaurants and cafes popular with staff and students.

Christchurch's renewal

Christchurch is in an exciting period of renewal following a series of earthquakes several years ago.

One development following the quakes is the Health Precinct. Our campus, plus the city’s other health, research and teaching leaders, are co-located within this physical space. The opportunity for collaboration between these institutions is creating the country’s most dynamic and integrated healthcare and research precinct.

"We love Christchurch" photo gallery

To get a sense of life in Christchurch, our staff and students are compiling a collection of images expressing what we love about Christchurch and the Canterbury region.

View the UOC "We love Christchurch' photo gallery 

Links to more information about Christchurch