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City renewal

11 October 2023

Christchurch has undergone a period of major transformation and is home to a number of creative projects and innovative buildings. From innovative public art and community projects to, find out about our city renewal.


A city reimagined

The blueprint for the new Christchurch promises a world-class city that embraces creativity and innovation. Despite the huge challenge of totally redeveloping the CBD, there’s a sense of vigour in Christchurch that is inspiring the city’s regeneration.

Creative public art

Christchurch has seen an influx of innovative public art and hosts a number of art festivals such as:

Street art

Innovative community projects

Rad Bikes

Christchurch has become a mecca for creative urban regeneration initiatives. Many of these started in response to the Canterbury earthquakes and have developed into ongoing movements in their own right.

Taking vacant sites awaiting redevelopment and turning them into spaces where local people can meet, take part in music, art, performance and activities, Gap Filler is one of the best known of these initiatives.

Just a few other projects to check out and get involved in are:

For more information about living in Christchurch and what's going on check out these websites:

Study environment

Christchurch is an ethnically diverse and welcoming city offering an exciting and easy lifestyle for students:

  • Many international restaurants, a variety of cultural activities and centres of worship for Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu and other religious communities.
  • Lively arts and entertainment scene with regular festivals, concerts, sports matches and cultural events nearly every week of the year.
  • Surf beaches 15 minutes’ drive from the city centre and ten alpine skifields within two hours’ drive.
  • The city also offers a huge range of exciting recreational options in nearby locations of incredible natural beauty including the rugged beauty of Banks Peninsula, the historic French town of Akaroa, thermal hot springs at Hanmer, snowboarding on the Southern Alps and whale watching near Kaikoura.
  • Christchurch has a conveniently located international airport which easily connects you to major cities all over the world.

The Garden City

Christchurch is known as the ‘Garden City’ for its many public parks, uncongested roads and an excellent public transport system.

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