With a population of 367,700 Christchurch is a small city, by world standards, but it’s New Zealand’s second largest and the gateway to the scenic delights of the South Island.
Situated in the Pacific Ocean, New Zealand has been ranked by the United Nations as the world’s third-best country to live in. It is renowned for its stunning landscapes and clean green image; a stable Western democracy far away from many of the world’s trouble spots but well-connected and engaged in world affairs.
It’s an exciting time to be in Christchurch. The community is stronger than ever, and the fact that the city continues to function is testament to the excellent city planning and infrastructure here, despite having earthquakes in 2010 and early 2011. The chance to view the forces of nature and the innovative response of people is unique. As well as rivers, wine country, beaches, ski fields, mountains, and thermal springs, World class dining, entertainment, arts, recreational and festival attractions are on offer and are all on the door step.