This page will give you information you may need if you are new to Christchurch.
This page is currently a work in progress, however if there is something you'd like to know about and it's not here, get in touch and let us know.
Fire, Police, Ambulance = dial 111
If you are in need of urgent medical care:
- call 111 and ask for an ambulance
- You can also visit either Christchurch Hospital Emergency Department or
- Bealey Avenue 24 hr Surgery (corner Bealey Ave and Colombo St)
The main banks are: (click on name for link to website)
These banks all have branches around town and in most shopping malls.
Inland Revenue (IRD)
For anyone working in New Zealand you need to have an IRD number. It is much easier to obtain an IRD number once you are in New Zealand, you can download the forms and complete them ready to take into the IRD office with you.
The IRD office in Christchurch is situated at the bottom of Durham St, close to Brougham Street.
Click here for the link to the IRD website to download the form and see what documents you need to provide to obtain your IRD number.
Supermarkets (note that in NZ you can only buy wine and beer at a supermarket, for other alcohol you must go to a bottle store)
The main supermarkets are (click on links for store locations and opening hours)
Places of worship
Click here for a list of all the places of worship in Christchurch.