Living in Christchurch

Photo of students enjoying their walk in the park

Christchurch is one of New Zealand's oldest cities and thousands of students come from all over the world to study here. Home to people of many cultures, Christchurch has thriving sports, arts, and entertainment scenes, and a wealth of restaurants, cafes and bars. The climate is temperate, with mild winters and warm, dry summers.

Always a city of opportunity, Christchurch is now embarking on a massive reconstruction and presents unrivalled opportunities for CPIT students and staff to participate in shaping a new city.


Christchurch has good public transport systems, so it will be easy for you to explore the city. You can also travel to CPIT by bicycle or by car if you have a valid driving licence for New Zealand. Find out more on our transport page.

Recreation and sport

Christchurch is the destination for many sporting events and is fortunate to have a number of international standard facilities. Our region is also renowned for adventure sports like surfing, skiing, snowboarding and kayaking. Golfing is enjoyed year round with low cost green fees and more than 30 stunning courses in Canterbury.

Several arts, music and cultural festivals are held each year throughout our region and international artists regularly feature at the CBS arena. Hagley Park is spectacular throughout the year and is the main venue for outdoor concerts, expos and events.

Dance and live theatre is very popular in our city with stage shows to entertain and numerous studios teaching steps as varied as Ballroom and Salsa to Hip Hop.

Specialist food and craft markets are held every weekend and diverse ethnicities are well represented in the city's restaurants and shopping districts.

Staying in Christchurch

There are many options for your accommodation in Christchurch, from homestays to flats. Find out more on the accommodation page.

Be Inspired by Christchurch