Canterbury

Region

About Canterbury

Canterbury is a region located in the central-eastern South Island that is home to the largest city in the South Island, Christchurch. Other major centres in Canterbury include Timaru, Ashburton, Rangiora and Rolleston. The region is full of natural beauty and outdoor adventures, from beautiful golden beaches to lushes flat plains to rugged mountain terrain.

The region's economy is diversified into agriculture, industry, fishing, forestry, tourism and energy. In Christchurch especially, manufacturing is a large sector as well as construction and engineering as a result of the 2011 Christchurch Earthquake that is seeing Christchurch undergo a major rebuild and transforming itself into one of the most modern and sustainable cities in the world.

Key Information
Population 600,100
Employment rate 69.5%
GDP Per Capita $55,727
Average Weekly Rent $372
Information provided by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.