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Thinking About Renting In Christchurch?

By Tony McPherson

With the city bouncing back with a brighter future than ever after the 2010/2011 earthquakes, Christchurch is the key city in the South Island where people from all over the country and all over the world are looking to move to. Boasting fantastic educational and business opportunities and with all of the amenities that you could want, it’s a fantastic place to start a life as a family, grow your own business, study or get a head start in your career.

Thinking about renting in Christchurch? We think that’s a fantastic idea at McPherson Property Management! We’ve covered a few of the basics to make it easier for those thinking about making the move.


Choosing where to live in Christchurch really depends on why you’re thinking about moving and what you will need when you get there.

For schooling notable suburbs include Burnside, Papanui and Cashmere. These suburbs boast popular, high decile public high schools with fantastic reputations. Christ’s College, St. Andrews and Rangi Ruru private schools also offer students incredible opportunities – look to Fendalton and Merivale if you’re thinking of sending the kids to one of these schools.

For work and business Riccarton and Papanui are currently the fastest growing suburbs. With the reconstruction of Christchurch’s CBD still underway these two suburbs are home to many opening and re-opening businesses. There are plenty of opportunities for work or even to start your own business with growth booming. Edgeware, St Albans, Sydenham and Linwood are also a stone’s throw away from the CBD where you can expect plenty of new developments in the coming year and beyond.


While rental prices do vary from suburb to suburb, you take note of these average rental prices depending on the size of the home you are looking for.

Median price for a one bedroom, unfurnished unit – $180 – $250

Median price for a two bedroom, unfurnished unit – $300 to $340

Median price for a three bedroom unfurnished home – $350 to $400

Look for These Key Features

It’s a good idea to keep an eye out for a few of these key features when you’re looking to rent in Christchurch.

Heating – Christchurch gets pretty cold in the winter, look for homes with a heat pump or discuss the installation of one before you move in.

Age and condition – Insulation is equally important to keeping your bills down during winter and for the health of your family. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for pre-existing mould which could be unhealthy for you and your family.

Safety – If you have young children, you might want to look out for a home with good fencing, an enclosed backyard and one that isn’t near busy roads, streams or rivers.

There are so many things about a city that it takes time to become familiar with. Christchurch is a fantastic place to live, but it can be intimidating moving anywhere new. Talk to us at McPherson Property Management today about your needs and let us help you find the perfect property.

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