Prior to the 2006 amalgamation with Banks Peninsula district, the zoned land area of Christchurch City was 44,000 hectares.
- Note the 2017 figures in the above table are based on the replacement District Plan, while 2016 and earlier figures were based on the zoning pattern of the former Christchurch City Plan.
- The majority (80%) of the Christchurch City's zoned land area was zoned for non-urban uses; predominantly for rural, open space, transport and special purpose (e.g. Māori customary land, golf resorts). Most non-urban zoned land was located in Banks Peninsula, the Port Hills, or the outskirts of the city.
- Around 30,000 hectares (20%) were zoned for urban purposes, with the majority being for urban open space (13,000 ha) and residential (11,500 ha). Other types of urban zoning include special purpose (e.g. education, hospitals, airport and port, residential red zone, cemeteries etc) and commercial and industrial.
- The Inner Residential and Suburban Residential Zones spread out in concentric rings from the central city.
- The Central Industrial and Suburban Industrial Zones largely stretch along the railway corridor and main arterial roads from Lyttelton Tunnel to Islington, the Airport and to the Waimakariri bridge.
- Urban areas are buffered by significant areas of rural, open space and conservation zones.