Central City

The central city continues to recover following the 2010-2011 Canterbury Earthquake Sequence.


  • In June 2019 there were 6390 people estimated to be living in the Four Avenues.
  • The estimated population in the Four Avenues was 8280 at June 2010. The impact of the earthquakes resulted in the population declining to a low of 5050 people in 2014.
  • Since the post-earthquake low, the estimated population has increased by an average of 278 people each year.
  • 64% of people living in the Four Avenues are aged between 15 and 44 years, compared with 43% for the whole city.


  • At February 2019, there were 4150 businesses located within the central city, employing around 41,000 people.
  • The impact of the earthquakes can be seen in the 2012 year, with 22,400 fewer employees than in 2010.
  • In 2012, there were 28,900 employees in the central city, compared with 51,300 in 2010.
  • Since 2012, employment in the Four Avenues has increased to around 80% of the pre-earthquake employment level.
  • The impact of the earthquakes was geographically distinct, with much of the employment loss associated with areas with the highest damage, within the central city cordon. The majority (80%) of the employment loss occurred within this part of the Four Avenues. Since 2012, this area has received 44% of the growth in Four Avenues employment. 



  • The number of guest nights at central city accommodation has increased annually from 227,000 in 2012 to 1,104,000 in 2019.
  • At June 2019, there were 43 commercial establishments located in the central city, which was 21% of the City's total commercial accommodation stock. 
  • In June 2019, there were 17 hotels in the central city. These made up around half of the City's hotel stock.
  • In 2019 there were 1.1 million guest nights at central city commercial accommodation establishments, which was an 11% increase from the previous year.
  • Airbnb and other informal accommodation providers have become an increasingly important part of the City's visitor accommodation supply. However, this dataset only includes commercial providers and does not include hosted or other informal accommodation.


Central City Pedestrian Counts

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1. View and download census data relating to the Central City from Statistic New Zealand's 2018 Census page(external link).

  • The following six SA2 geographies in the Census data are located within the Central City:
    • Christchurch Central
    • Christchurch Central-West
    • Christchurch Central-East
    • Christchurch Central-North
    • Christchurch Central-South
    • Hagley Park.

Information about this data

The Central City is the area bounded by Bealey Avenue, Fitzgerald Avenue, Moorhouse Avenue, Deans Avenue and Harper Avenue.

Additional Central City measures can be found on our Community Outcome – Liveable City page.

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