When it comes to moving overseas it is important to look at potential locations to settle with both your own needs and the needs of your family in mind. New Zealand offers a wide range of locations to suit any family, but if you are looking for a laid back and relaxed lifestyle, while not being too far from the bustle of the big city, then Christchurch could be an option for you.
Christchurch is the largest city on New Zealand’s South Island and provides an ideal location for people who want an aspect of the country atmosphere while maintaining a city-style lifestyle. Known as the garden city, Christchurch is filled with greenery and even when you are in the city centre, there is still an abundance of parks and gardens for you to enjoy. Christchurch also has a series of rules and regulations which prevent the city from losing this aspect of nature to high rise developments and commercialisation.
Christchurch has a very pleasant climate, which is considerably warmer than the UK. The temperature doesn’t vary greatly and only differs about ten degrees between summer and winter. In winter there is occasional snow. This temperature lends well to the region’s bustling Agricultural economy, which serves the basis for many jobs around the area. These jobs involve not only farm work and production but also lead onto roles in the agribusiness areas of wool and meat processing.
A limited train service runs throughout Christchurch and aside from the main International Airport, it is one of the few forms of public transport available. Most locals tend to rely on the bus service which is quite widespread – or alternately they own a car.
Christchurch offers a range of educational options for families including an abundance of public and private primary and secondary schools. This also includes a plethora of single sex education schools. The University of Canterbury is New Zealand’s second oldest University and offers a wide range of courses to students.
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