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About Ōtautahi Christchurch

Ōtautahi Christchurch is a vibrant, energetic city where urban regeneration, creativity and innovation thrive. With a population of 400,000, Christchurch is the major urban centre of the South Island, New Zealand.

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Christchurch Terraces on the Avon River

Explore amazing street art, innovative projects, a booming hospitality scene, and state-of-the-art architecture that is changing the way the city looks, feels and functions.

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

From Christchurch there is easy access to the Southern Alps, with 13 ski areas within 2–4 hours’ drive of Christchurch. Culture and entertainment are well provided for with a number of live theatres and art galleries, and numerous restaurants and cafes popular with staff and students.

“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