Canterbury gives you all the lifestyle options you could want. Choices range from smart inner city apartment living, to spacious suburban homes on large sections in outer suburbs and country towns or rural properties and lifestyle blocks. Christchurch is particularly famous for its gardens.
Looking for general housing information?
To find rental houses available in the area you can look online, in local newspapers or the Property Press magazine, or on social websites like Neighbourly.
Renting in Christchurch - laws that protect you from paying more than you should, and ensure your house is comfortable, clean and safe.
Trade Me Property - advertises a large number of properties to rent in Canterbury.
MBIE Market Rents - lists the average weekly rent being charged for properties in Canterbury.
MBIE Tenancy Information - contains information about your rights and obligations when renting a property in New Zealand.
Tenant's Protection Association- provides tenancy advice, advocacy and education for the Christchurch area.
Trade Me - find houses to buy in Canterbury.
Quotable Value (QV) - search and compare average house prices in the Canterbury region.
Sorted - information on getting a mortgage in New Zealand.
Real Estate - has the country’s most comprehensive selection of real estate listings online.
Before you buy a property you should check its Land Information Memorandum (LIM). LIMs provide comprehensive information about the land and buildings on a particular property. A LIM report can be purchased from the local council.
Rates are the taxes levied by councils to help fund the work they do locally. You can find out what the rates are going to be on a property you may be considering buying.
Utilities and services
There are many options for phone and internet providers. See more information about mobile, phone and internet providers on our Getting Connected page.
Electricity and gas
Electricity Authority - find all the power companies to choose from in Canterbury.
Consumer Powerswitch - compare all your gas and electricity options.
Rubbish and recycling
Information about roadside rubbish collection and recycling can be found on your local council website.
- Christchurch Rubbish and Recycling
- Ashburton Rubbish and Recycling
- Timaru Rubbish and Recycling
- Hurunui Rubbish and Recycling
- Kaikoura Rubbish and Recycling
- Mackenzie Rubbish and Recycling
- Selwyn Rubbish and Recycling
- Waimakariri Rubbish and Recycling
- Waitaki Rubbish and Recycling
- Waimate Rubbish and Recycling