With new developments, a thriving arts scene, and many educational opportunities, it is no surprise that Canterbury is home to a growing population of over 600,000 people. The region is made up of many major centres - including the largest city in the South Island - Christchurch, and other centres such as Timaru, Ashburton, Rangiora and Rolleston. Following the 2011 Christchurch Earthquake, Christchurch has been rebuilt into a buzzing city with many new bars and restaurants for locals and tourists to enjoy. The vibrant nightlife, arts and culture makes Christchurch the perfect location. If you want to step away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Canterbury provides many other beautiful locations. From heritage buildings to beaches to spectacular mountains, the Canterbury region can provide for anyone, no matter what you’re interested in. The Canterbury region provides many opportunities to work in New Zealand’s largest industries - including agriculture, energy, fishing, forestry and tourism. With a vast amount of education and job opportunities and the relaxing lifestyle, who wouldn’t want to live in Canterbury!

Key Information
Population 600,100
Employment rate 69.5%
GDP Per Capita $55,727
Average Weekly Rent $372