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  • Connect with fellow Americans in Christchurch

  • Get information in our Christchurch guide

  • Join exciting events and activities

  • Exchange tips about expat life in Christchurch

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InterNations — A Community for American Expats in Christchurch

Hello to all Americans in Christchurch! Are you interested in getting to know fellow expats in Christchurch? Looking for advice from other Americans, e.g. wondering if there are any bars in Christchurch which will be showing your favorite baseball or American football team’s upcoming match or where to go in town for st■ turkey?

There’s no doubt about it: Christchurch is still feeling the effects of the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes that saw much of the city center destroyed and many people dead. However, the seat of the Canterbury Region has been quick to start rebuilding. The “Garden City” is a large city known for being New Zealand’s oldest established city and home to the Wizard of New Zealand, but also for its Botanic gardens, heritage tram, the University of Canterbury, and much more! With the metro bus services and a comprehensive road network, navigating your way around the city from one place to the next is simple. This also means that if you don’t want to live among the hustle and bustle of the center, you can enjoy a quieter life in the outer suburbs or surrounding satellite towns, which are just a short drive away from Christchurch’s center.

Although Christchurch has lots to offer, you might be wondering where and how you can meet other Americans in the city. Luckily, InterNations is here to make this easier for you! You’re warmly invited to join the InterNations community. Within our international network in Christchurch, there’s a vibrant circle of American expats from all regions of USA, including New York City, Los Angeles, and beyond.

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    From United States of America, living in Christchurch
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    From United States of America, living in Christchurch
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    From United States of America, living in Christchurch
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Meet other Americans in Christchurch

Connect at Our Events in Christchurch

Attend our monthly events and join various interest-based groups to get to know like-minded expats and fellow Americans in Christchurch. From sailing to spirituality, there is sure to be something for everyone! In most communities, there are also monthly Newcomers’ Events especially for those who have recently joined the American community in Christchurch. Take this chance to mingle and meet other expats and global minds in Christchurch.

Want to meet other Americans at our events?

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Engage with Other Americans in Our Christchurch Expat Forum

Get trustworthy advice and local insights from fellow Americans in our Christchurch expat forums. When you arrive in Christchurch, you’re likely to have many questions, from how to register as a resident to where to find language lessons. Use our forum to ask members of the InterNations community everything you’re wondering about, even things like where to find ingredients for dishes from home in Christchurch. InterNations makes it easy for American expats in Christchurch to exchange experiences and tips to support each other. You can also check out our Expat Q&A Forum to look for accommodation, jobs, or even advice on the best international schools or whether there are any American schools in your area.

    Ask experienced American expats in Christchurch

    • Where can I find American food?
    • Where can I meet other Americans?
    • Are there American schools in Christchurch?

    Find People Who Share Your Passions

    "Known to the Maori as Ōtautahi, Christchurch can be a great place for expats, especially with the InterNations community helping you to make the most of your experience!

    Do you want to continue with your hobbies — or discover new ones — while living in Christchurch? There’s a variety of InterNations Groups you can join, including everything from sightseeing to hiking. These are run by dedicated Consuls with at least one activity each month, such as dinners in Christchurch’s finest restaurants or outings with other expats to explore all that the “Garden City” has to offer, from the countless parks and green spaces to Canterbury Museum with its many historic artefacts of Antarctic exploration, and much more."

    Find other Americans to share your hobbies with

    Enjoy the International Experience with InterNations

    • Browse our network of members to get to know American expats in Christchurch and connect with others.
    • Take part in our expat forums to get firsthand tips and information from fellow Americans in Christchurch.
    • Meet other American expats and global minds at 600 monthly official events and share your interests at more than 4,600 monthly activities in Christchurch and across the globe.

    InterNations provides an easy, casual way to get to know expats from the USA and further afield in your local community. Sound good? Then let us welcome you into our Christchurch Community today!

    Meet Fellow Americans in Christchurch at Our Events

    Our community in Christchurch is also very active offline. Our InterNations Ambassadors organize regular events and various expat activities, e.g. a dinner in Christchurch’s hippest restaurant or an outing with other American expats to explore the South Island. These activities are a casual way to get to know expats from the USA in your local community as well as Americans in New Zealand nationwide. Interested? Simply become a member and we’ll be happy to welcome you among our Americans living in Christchurch!