Useful info

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

Medical emergencies

If you are in need of urgent medical care:


The main banks are: (click on name for link to website)

ANZ - you can set up your bank account online with the ANZ prior to arriving in NZ - click here



National Bank


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.

(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)


Pak n'Save

Fresh Choice

New World

Super Value


Swimming pools


Places of worship

Click here for a list of all the places of worship in Christchurch.