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There has never been a better time to move to North Canterbury.

Imagine life at a different pace. A life where work and home are minutes apart; where recreation opportunities are in every direction just waiting to be had; where small towns, rural villages and beachside settlements are filled with friendly people and humming little businesses ready to welcome you in. Imagine moving to North Canterbury… 

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North Canterbury Wine Region Nancy Zhou

Come for the snow-capped hills or the rolling surf; for the boutique shops or the epic trails; for the quality schools and affordable housing, lifestyle blocks and friendly towns.

We are a growing community of doers, makers, dreamers, believers. We are townies, farmers, professionals, crafters, families, business owners. We are here for whanau, lifestyle, opportunity. Join us!

With New Zealand’s second largest city just a short drive over the bridge and our own selection of boutique shops, artisan food producers, award-winning breweries and world class wineries North Canterbury enjoys easy access to all of life’s finer things.

Fantastic farmers’ markets, food and wine festivals and excellent eateries abound here, along with large-scale events, exhibitions, concerts and shows.

And to top it all off we’ve covered all the basics like high speed broadband, public transport, good schools and jobs in almost all industries. Sound idyllic? It is. Come join us.

The Details:


North Canterbury is made up of the Waimakariri and Hurunui Districts.


A population of 77,650 spread over 10,896km2  (Compared to greater Auckland’s 1,717,500 people squeezed into 4,894km2)


Average (mean) house value is 49% lower in Waimakariri compared to Auckland and 57% lower in Hurunui


Average (mean) rent costs are 22% lower in Waimakariri  compared to Auckland in Waimakariri and 38% lower in Hurunui


A 4.7% higher level of NCEA achievement in Waimakariri compared to Auckland and 3.6% higher level in Hurunui


Extremely low levels of unemployment. 2.5% in Waimakariri and 1.8% in Hurunui compared to 3.9% in Auckland.


*Data from Infometrics and MBIE (Last updated 19 May 2022)

Useful Resources

The Waimakariri District

Data and demographics about Waimakariri.

Waimakariri Locations

From the mountains to the sea, we have thriving urban spaces, beautiful rural areas and everything in between.

Visit Waimakariri

Learn what makes Waimakariri a great place to visit.

Waimakariri Events

Check out the fun events coming up in Waimakariri.

Schools in Waimakariri

Discover the educational options in Waimakariri.

The Hurunui District

Data and Demographics about the Hurunui District

Visit Hurunui

Learn what makes Hurunui a great place to visit.

Hurunui Events

Check out the fun events coming up in Hurunui.

Schools in the Hurunui District.

Discover the educational options in Hurunui.

Community Groups in North Canterbury

North Canterbury has a wealth of clubs, community groups and activities


Discover the best food and beverage made right here in our region.

Employment Opportunities

What jobs are available, who are the recruitment agencies, what assistance can be sourced?

Starting Your Own Business

Resources to help you set up your own small business.

Investing in North Canterbury

Resources and Information on establishing a medium to large business.

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