Living in Canterbury

Home to people of many cultures, Canterbury has thriving sports, arts, and entertainment scenes and a wealth of restaurants, cafes and bars. Canterbury is embarking on a massive reconstruction and this presents unrivaled opportunities for students and staff to participate in shaping a new city.


Our cities have public transport systems, making it easy for you to get to and from your classes, and to explore the city. You can also travel by bicycle, or by car if you have a valid driving licence for New Zealand.

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Culture and activities

Canterbury hosts many sporting events ranging from local club competitions through to major national and international fixtures. In addition to popular team sports such as rugby, cricket and netball, the wider region is renowned for adventure sports. These include surfing, skiing, snowboarding, climbing and kayaking. Golfing is enjoyed year round with low cost green fees and more than 30 stunning courses in Canterbury.

Many arts, music, cultural and film festivals are held each year and the region hosts numerous international concerts, musicals and comedy acts in a variety of venues. Hagley Park is a spectacular venue for large outdoor events like wine and food festivals, rock concerts and plays.

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

We have a comprehensive activities programme for all students which includes trips, excursions and activities. You can try something new, have access to discounted trips, practice your English and meet new friends.

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