Christchurch, and the entire Canterbury region, is one of the best places in New Zealand. Not only to visit, as so many of us do but to live there. Mountains, beaches, and national parks are all part of the deal when you move to Canterbury, along with the perks of a modern, international city. Here are our top 5 reasons to move to Canterbury and why New Zealand Movers are the team to get you there.

Housing is refreshingly affordable

One of the best things about moving to the Canterbury region is that you’re almost always saving money when buying or renting a house, compared to the North Island. The median house price in the Canterbury region is around $680,000, while it’s well over a million in Auckland and Wellington.

Job opportunities in Christchurch

Job opportunities in Canterbury are plentiful. The Canterbury region has seen its fair share of hardship in the past decade, but the city of Christchurch has quickly set about rebuilding itself, with plenty of work to be done in construction, IT, retail, and hospitality. No matter what field you’re in, there are plenty of job opportunities in New Zealand’s second-biggest city.

It’s practically designed for family life

Canterbury is a haven for families, with top-ranking primary and secondary schools like Rangi Ruru Girls’ School and Middleton Grange School, alongside highly-rated universities like The University of Canterbury.

Not only is there world-class education but plenty of family-friendly activities. Weekends are spent the way they should be – hiking, bike-riding, picnicking, and going to the beach on warm days.


Nature is one of the biggest drawcards of the Canterbury region. Mountains, rivers, and beaches are all big parts of life in Christchurch, with national parks dotted all over the region. You’re also super close to New Zealand’s national playground: the Otago region, where hundreds of thousands of tourists flock to each year for adventure sports.

International city

Ōtautahi, Christchurch is an international city, home to New Zealand’s first international airport. You can go straight from Christchurch to Australia, Singapore, the USA, and Dubai to anywhere in Europe, with frequent services from the city.

Sold on moving to Canterbury? Get in touch with New Zealand Movers. They’re your experts in intercity and international moves, helping you get settled in the Canterbury region, wherever you are moving from.

New Zealand Movers pride themselves on a professional, affordable service, offering full-scale moves with packing and storage included if necessary. Get a quote from New Zealand Movers today.

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