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Why Are More Seniors Choosing to Retire in Christchurch?

General Interest

Ageing population in Christchurch

Situated on the east coast of the South Island, Christchurch is a lively city that has a large population of people over 65 who have chosen this city as their home. In fact, recent census data shows that over 15% of the Christchurch population is over 65 years old.

The city has seen a recent construction boom, allowing the senior population to be accommodated with many new retirement homes in Christchurch. Living in Christchurch as a senior means that you will be a part of a large community filled with like-minded people. This community is part of the reason why so many seniors are choosing Christchurch as their place of retirement. 

Perfect weather

Christchurch is known for having fantastic weather year-round, allowing you to enjoy everything that the city has to offer.

In the summer, Christchurch is very sunny, with an average temperature of 22 degrees. This allows residents to enjoy the nearby beaches, walks, and lakes, as well as get out and about around the city to simply enjoy the sunshine.

In the winter, Christchurch is still sunny, albeit colder, but this means that residents can participate in snow sports such as skiing and snowboarding at the nearby mountains. Even if snowsports aren’t your activity of choice, it means there is plenty to do for your visiting family and friends. 

Christchurch is an "age and dementia-friendly city"

To cater for the large senior population, Christchuch was chosen to become an “age and dementia-friendly city.” This means that the Christchurch City Council is committed to ensuring that living in Christchurch is an inclusive experience for people of all ages. More specifically, this means that seniors and those who have dementia are able to fully engage in community life.

The strategy includes ensuring that public transport and other public facilities are accessible to seniors, holding events encouraging younger generations to engage with the elderly through community programmes and implementing ways in which the wider community can provide support to the elderly and those with dementia.

This strategy makes Christchurch a very attractive option for seniors and retirees, as they can rest assured that they are part of a welcoming and accommodating community.

Activities for seniors in Christchurch 

There are numerous activities in Christchurch designated for retirees to keep you active and engaged in the community. 

Recreation centres

Multiple recreation centres in Christchurch offer wonderful facilities for seniors. From swimming pools, walking tracks, gymnasiums, and social sports teams, there are plenty of ways to stay active. Furthermore, the recreation centres also offer classes specially designed for the elderly. This is a great way to stay active and meet new people, as well as engage in the wider community.

Social clubs 

There are also many social clubs in Christchurch, covering a wide range of interests and hobbies. Firstly, many clubs are simply designed for the seniors of Christchurch to get together and socialise. This is a great way to make friends who are at a similar age and stage of life, and these groups often organise events and activities to do together.

There are also clubs designed for specific interests. From social sporting groups such as bowls, tennis, and walking groups, to creative music, art, and dance clubs, there is something for everyone. There are even more niche clubs, such as a designated Bonsai Tree club.

If you would like to see more of the activities that are available to seniors, check out the official guide here.

Local activities

Finally, due to Christchurch being an age-inclusive city, there are so many local activities for seniors to do. Christchurch has a wonderful restaurant scene, covering a wide range of cuisines. The museum and art galleries are frequently displaying world-class exhibits, and there are even discounts for seniors. As Christchurch is a larger city, there are also frequent national and international sports games for those who enjoy watching live sport. 

Holly Lea Village 

With everything it has to offer, it is clear why more seniors retire in Christchurch. 

If the city sounds like the right place for your retirement, then consider a retirement village in Christchurch. Holly Lea Village is a high-quality retirement village offering hospital care and rest home services.

View the types of residences we can offer you.

If you have any queries, or would simply like to know more, get in touch with us here.


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