Christchurch City

Christchurch is New Zealand's second-largest city with a population of 350,000 and is the gateway to the South Island. Found on the east coast of the South Island, bordered by hills and the Pacific Ocean, it is situated on the edge of the Canterbury Plains that stretch to the Southern Alps.

There is nowhere else in the world where, within two hours of an international airport, you can ski at a world-class alpine resort, play golf, bungy jump, raft, mountain bike, hot-air balloon, wind surf whale watch.

Summers (December-February) are generally mild and sunny with low humidity. Winter (June-August) features delicate frosts on brittle mornings and clear, calm days. Autumn (March-May) often has the longest period of settled weather and, for garden lovers, the city puts on an especially fine show in Spring (September-November).

Cashmere High School is situated in the south of the city, nestled below the popular and affluent hills housing suburbs. Our host families all live in this area and majority of our students walk to school.

For more information about Christchurch visit the city's website at