Situated on the eastern side of the South Island Canterbury is home to 10 districts, Christchurch being the largest with more than 316,000 of the regions total population of over 481,000, making it the second largest city in the country after Auckland. Christchurch is known as the ‘Garden City’ and is often referred to as ‘the most English outside of England.’ The Botanic Gardens and Hagley Park make up part of the 3000 hectares of Parkland.
The climate is mild and follows very much to the suit of the four seasons, with each season bringing about different activities and employment opportunities. Christchurch offers a huge variety of work along with the surrounding districts. The other districts of Canterbury are Kaikoura, Hurunui, Waimakariri, Selwyn, Ashburton, Mackenzie, South Canterbury, Waimate, and Banks Peninsula.
Kaikoura - where the mountains meet the sea, is only 2 hours north of Christchurch. The marine life experience on offer here is extraordinary. See the giant sperm whale, swim with dolphins or if your brave enough dive with the sharks! Although a small town, Kaikoura is generally buzzing with short term work prospects.