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Basecamp for Exploration

Ōtautahi Christchurch is a place of innovation, exploration and vibrancy. Globally connected and a magnet city for change makers, this is a city that provides an unrivalled urban lifestyle.

Exploration is part of who we are, always has been. It’s in our DNA and has shaped who we are. We are hardwired to challenge the status quo, imagine and explore what’s next, and find new ways of doing things.

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Ōtautahi Christchurch is a city founded on that exploration spirit, from our first Māori explorers to our earliest European settlers. It was here Ernest Rutherford started rethinking physics, Kate Sheppard forged rights for women, and Margaret Mahy created new worlds for children.

Modern Ōtautahi is innovative and resilient, creating solutions and testing theories. Social movements find their voice here, leaders are born and raised here, and people overcome challenges here.

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This resurgent city is becoming the obvious yet understated place to be. Those that already call it home are in the know. They enjoy an unrivalled lifestyle with a rugged and diverse landscape on their doorstep, while retaining access to broad employment and the global market. Population statistics show more and more Kiwis are beginning to explore the opportunity that exists here.

International sea and air gateways, world-class internet, and its status as one of five Antarctic gateway cities make Ōtautahi Christchurch a connectivity basecamp at the heart of the South Island.

Discover Ōtautahi Christchurch and our spirit of exploration. Our past was created by it, and our future created by it.