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House Sitting in Canterbury

Housesitting and pet sitting in Canterbury, New Zealand, South Island - A store in Christchurch

From the innovative "pop-up" city of Christchurch to New Zealand's highest peak, the spectacular Aoraki Mount Cook. From the indulgent Hanmer thermal springs to the incredible skiing slopes at Mount Hutt. From the whale watching at Kaikoura to one of the six most spectacular rail journeys in the world, the TranzAlpine Express - Canterbury literally has it all.

Christchurch is the main city in Canterbury, and one of New Zealand's largest and most important urban centres. Devastated by earthquakes in 2010 and 2011, Christchurch is #2 on the New York Times "52 Places to go in 2014". It is a city defined by energy, hope and creativity, characterised by places like the Re:Start shopping area (predominantly shipping containers re-imagined as fashion outlets, bars and cafes) and the pop-up bars right across the city.

Christchurch is #2 on the New York Times "52 Places to go in 2014"

And from Christchurch as a base, there's a huge array of experiences from extreme to serene, and everything in between. And there's an equally impressive spectrum of landscapes, from beautiful beaches and bays, through the Canterbury plains, to the magnificent Alps rising up along the centre line of the South Island.

Housesitting is easily one of the best ways to experience Canterbury - it offers a unique perspective on the place and its people - and it's usually free! So check out house minding opportunities in Canterbury; you'll love every minute.

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A place with great historic significance, Christchurch is also known as the Garden City, for it's many gorgeous gardens. It is buzzing with energy as it rebuilds, creating a vibrant, imaginative experience that is uplifting and inspiring.

Then there's Akaroa, on the Banks Peninsula, New Zealand's only French "colony". This is a town with a quirky history, and very French - a beautiful village on the lake and a love of food that translates into incredible restaurants and cafes.

Kaikoura and Tumaru are two wonderful beachside towns, with the former offering wonderful whale watching (and dolphin swimming and seal seeing). Hanmer Thermal Springs offer exquisite bathing opportunities year-round and Mount Hutt enjoys the longest ski season in Australasia - every year!

Lake Tekapo is an alpine lake of the brightest blue, with the iconic Church of the Good Shepherd gracing its shores. It is also an UNESCO listed dark sky reserve, so be prepared for some exhilarating night skies.

Fly-fishing, white-water rafting, tramping, mountaineering, jet-boating, snow skiing, ballooning, golfing, fine food and award-winning wineries... whatever you're into, you'll find it in Canterbury.


Canterbury is too good to miss out on. There's too much on offer and it's all accompanied by great food and wine - and awesome, friendly locals. Housesitting allows you to get under the surface and really experience a place... and what a place to experience!

Check out the housesitting opportunities in Christchurch and Canterbury right now.

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*FREE: House sitting is usually free, for both sitter and house owner, although this is completely up to the individuals. There are usually some costs that need to be covered by either the sitter or the house owner e.g. electricity, phone usage, vet fees etc. How these costs are handled needs to be agreed before the sit begins. House sitters pay a single annual membership fee, while house owners pay nothing to advertise their house or to contact sitters.