The innovative "pop-up" city of Christchurch is in the Canterbury region of NZ, along with New Zealand's highest peak, the spectacular Aoraki Mount Cook.
The region is spectacular... 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.
And Christchurch is the beating heart.
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.
Pet sitting means that the sitter is living in the pet's home while the owner is away. The pets get to stay in their own familiar environment, with human company and love—making it the very best option for the pet's health and emotional well-being, in most cases.
It is 100% free for owners join and find pet sitters—and the pet sitters will usually sit for free. Oh, and they provide in-house security and garden maintenance at the same time.
We've been doing pet sitting much longer than any of the new "pet" websites—most home owners get house sitters because they want someone to look after their pets i.e. pet sitting. Over more than a decade we have developed many layers of robust security and a surprisingly easy and rewarding user experience.
Yes, there are often wonderful house sitting jobs in Christchurch and around Canterbury, and Kiwi House Sitters is the best way to find them. We have been market leaders for a long time and provide a safe and practical service with friendly support.
Kiwi House Sitters is the largest and most active house sitting community in New Zealand. With far more houses sitting jobs, every month, than any other site, this is the right place to jump in. Click here to find out HOW IT WORKS.
Discover lovely pet, dog and house sitters in Christchurch willing to look after your house, pets and garden FOR FREE .
Kiwi House Sitters is the largest house sitting site in New Zealand, providing market leading security, support and service. Join for free and enjoy real peace of mind while you’re away. Click here to find out HOW IT WORKS.
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.
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.