Innovation, enterprise and diversity are key to Christchurch’s vibrant regional economy.

With historic roots in agriculture, our business base has broadened to embrace in its key sectors information and communications technology, food innovation, nutraceuticals, all types of agribusiness, tourism, light engineering and niche-market manufacturing with the support of high-quality education and research facilities.

The South Island’s main distribution point, we have a strong, export-oriented economy. Support comes from the 24-hour Christchurch International Airport and the deep-harbour port at Lyttelton, along with extensive road and rail links.

Our city is a thriving commercial and economic hub representing about 14 per cent of the national economy and increasing numbers of businesses and investors are choosing to base themselves in the Christchurch region.

Companies such as Applied Research Associates NZ, Jade Corporation, Tait Electronics, IZON, Hamilton Jet, Ebos, Talbot Plastics, Elastomer Products, Pratt and Whitney Engine Centre and Kathmandu are based here. Some of the world’s leading innovators including Dynamic Controls, Allied Telesis Labs, Trimble Navigation, and Eaton Corporation also call Christchurch home.

Contact Canterbury Development Corporation, our local economic development agency, to find out more about the benefits of investing in Christchurch.

Canterbury Development Corporation (CDC)
(03) 379 5575
193 Cashel Street
PO Box 2962
Christchurch 8041