Frequently asked questions
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- Where can I get information on immigrating to Christchurch?
- Where can I get information on moving to Christchurch?
- Where can I find accommodation near the train station?
- How do I get from Lyttelton to the Central City?
- Can you tell me about the Cathedrals in Christchurch?
- Can you tell me about churches in Christchurch?
- What is the weather like in Christchurch?
- What events are on in Christchurch while I am visiting?
- How did Christchurch get its name?
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The NZ Immigration Service is an excellent source of information when looking to immigrate to New Zealand. Their contact details are:
PO Box 22 111
Telephone: (+64 3) 365 2520
Fax: (+64 3) 365 2530
Whether moving to Christchurch from overseas, or from within New Zealand, the Migrants Guide To Christchurch is an excellent source of information including finding accommodation, choosing a school and finding work.
Addington Stadium Motel
Please also check the following accommodation websites:
There are two options to get you from Lyttelton to Christchurch City.
The first is the public bus system. The cost for this is NZD$2.50. The Lyttelton bus travels between Lyttelton Wharf and the City Centre and the trip takes about 30 minutes.
The second option is taxi. The cost to catch a taxi from Lyttelton to the city will be approximately NZD$30 - $35. The three main taxi companies in Christchurch are:
Gold Band Taxis
Telephone: (+64 3) 379 5795
Blue Star Taxi
Ph +64 3 379 9799
Ph +64 3 377 5555
For information on religious groups and communities check out the CINCH database.
- Summer: December to February
- Autumn/Fall: March to May
- Winter: June to August
- Spring: September to November
Christchurch has an excellent events guide that you can search by date to find out all events that Christchurch will host during your visit.
In November 1847 John Robert Godley and Edward Gibbon Wakefield met to plan the Canterbury settlement.
Wakefield believed that colonisation of countries like New Zealand could be organised in such a way that towns could be planned before settlers arrived. These towns would be like a community back in England, with landowners, small farmers and workers, and with churches, shops and schools.
Early in 1848 the Canterbury Association was formed, and it was decided to name the capital city Christchurch after the college John Godley had gone to at Oxford University.
For more information see the Christchurch City Libraries’ Heritage web page.
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