Why Christchurch is the world’s most liveable city


Forget the super city with its traffic jams and big city rush, and the meagre weather of the capital, here’s why moving to the country’s second biggest city is a change with no faults. Thanks to a loyal population of hardworking people, Christchurch is starting to find its feet again post-earthquake, and this time it’s taking the opportunity to be better, brighter and more beneficial to everyone.

From the golden Port Hills to the rolling shores of Sumner and New Brighton and the meandering Avon River, Christchurch has no shortage of beautiful landscape features, and if you’re big into biking, hiking, swimming and surfing or kayaking – then this is the city for you. The city centre is fast becoming one of the most cycle-friendly spots in the country too with special lanes built for those on two-wheels and more and more commuters choosing bikes over cars. Come Winter time, Cantabrians skip over to the array of mountains situated in the back pocket of Christchurch, and with 13 ski fields within two to four hours drive of the city, they really are spoilt for choice.

Being named the Garden City is no small feat, and Christchurch continues to wow visitors with its dedication to keeping city streets green, while residents keep up their part of the namesake with beautifully manicured gardens behind front gates. The Christchurch Botanic Gardens are a constant riot of colour, while Hagley Park makes the most of its sweeping lawns with music events, comedy and busking shows and national sports teams all taking centre stage there throughout the year.

The much respected Christchurch Art Gallery is just one of many places to find bright, punchy art about the city, and Martin Creed’s ‘everything is going to be alright’ neon sign hit headlines around the country sits for its reassurance to those witnessing the rebuild. A hub for creatives, Christchurch city streets have seen a huge number of talented artists take to the bare walls for a once in a lifetime chance to brighten up a damaged city.

Following the earthquake, some of the best hospitality spots this city has seen have sprung up, and with a palatable feeling of enthusiasm for the fresh and new, you can be sure to find eateries here that really push the boundaries and give hospitality spots in bigger cities a real run for their money.

With a steadily rising population post-earthquake, it’s obvious Christchurch is fast becoming the place to set up, with readily available space for new businesses, and the uncontested chance to be a part of something new. With diversity also on the increase, Christchurch is fast becoming a vibrant and bustling city again with people from all over the globe choosing to make this place home.

With plenty of room to build, the city continues to expand and new developments in South Town include an array of hospitality spots as well as the area’s very own boutique shopping space. The Welder mixes its heritage buildings with a love of the artisan, and businesses based here will see an influx of visitors drawn to the area’s nostalgic mix of old and new.

James Stringer