Following the aftermath of 2010 and 2011's major earthquakes, the city has been rebuilding. Traditionally the most English of NZ cities, most of the heritage buildings were lost during the earthquakes.
While the city is in transition, life here continues to revolve around enjoying the natural beauty, minimal rain, and plenty of long, sunny days.
Christchurch is often considered the most conservative of New Zealand cities, but don't let that fool you. The city center is graced by numerous notable arts institutions, the stunning Botanic Gardens and Hagley Park.
The city also has a vibrant theater and bar scene. As the festival capital of New Zealand, expect your visit to coincide with a festival of some sort. During summer, there are a number of major free events in Hagley Park, which attract audiences of up to 100,000.
Women digital nomads will feel comfortable in Christchurch, but as in any city, take care late at night, especially on Friday and Saturdays as levels of intoxication can lead to unwanted attention or unprovoked violence.
While the cost of living might be high in Christchurch, the city is a favorite remote work spot in the Southern Hemisphere for digital nomads. There is free Wi-Fi in the city, an overall foreigners-friendliness, and a great quality of life to boot.
The summer months are from November to April, and is also considered the peak season. From March to May, brilliant autumn colors can be accompanied by excellent, settled weather conditions, making it a fantastic time to visit Christchurch.
From June to August, Christchurch cools off, and there’s no better base for winter in the southern hemisphere, with 13 fantastic ski areas and a wide range of après activities.
From September to November, New Zealand’s spring weather brings blossoms and festivals.