Welcome to Christchurch and Halswell School. We have put together useful links to help you! Best wishes for a wonderful time in New Zealand.

Emergency Services

Unfortunately, emergencies can happen anywhere at any time. Here’s a list of useful contacts when visiting the city.

For all Police, Fire and Ambulance emergencies dial 111 – for more information visit www.police.govt.nz/contact-us/calling-emergency-111

For Police non-emergencies dial 105 – for more information visit www.police.govt.nz/105info

Christchurch Central City Police Station
Phone: (03) 363 7400
In an emergency dial 111
40 Lichfield Street, Christchurch

Christchurch Hospital
General enquiries phone: (03) 364 0640
In an emergency dial 111 for an ambulance
Riccarton Avenue, Christchurch

Pegasus Health 24 Hour Surgery
Phone: (03) 365 7777
401 Madras Street, Christchurch

Fire Emergency
Dial 111 and ask for the Fire Department, giving your name and location details.

New Zealand Emergency Services | New Zealand Now
Find out more about what to do in the event of an emergency.

Due to its location and environment, New Zealand faces many potential disasters. In some cases, such as a weather related or volcanic disaster.
‎How to Get Ready · ‎About this site · ‎Who to Contact · ‎Disasters


Do not go to the hospital unless you have a serious situation! Go to a medical centre. You may need to pre- register in advance as non-residents.

Halswell Health Medical Clinic
36 Ensign St · 03-322 8121

Halswell Health at Longhurst Health
53 Caulfield Avenue · 03-322 8121

WeCare Health
Primary Healthcare Service.
67 Skyhawk Road, Wigram.
Phone. (03) 349 8613

Riccarton Clinic and After Hours Medical Centre
Urgent care centre
4 Yaldhurst Rd · 03-343 3661

Pegasus Health 24 Hour Surgery
Urgent care centre
401 Madras St · 03-365 7777
Open 24 hours

Moorhouse Medical Centre
Medical Centre
3 Pilgrim Pl · 03-365 7900


Please note that only NZ tax payers are eligible to the school service.

Halswell Dental
Family Dentist in Christchurch

Longhurst Dental
Family Dentist in Christchurch

General & Emergency Dentist Christchurch
G & E Christchurch Dentists Your friendly general or emergency dentists in Christchurch. We are open late for all your dentistry needs with branches in the Christchurch area.

Driving in NZ

If you’re from overseas, New Zealand roads are probably different to what you’re used to. Distances may seem short on paper, but our roads can be narrower than you’re used to, cover hilly terrain, and vary from motorways to unsealed gravel roads.

Before you begin your journey, learn more about what’s different about driving in New Zealand.

For example:

  • we drive on the left-hand side of the road
  • it’s easy to underestimate travelling times
  • our roads are narrower, more winding and sometimes steeper than you might expect
  • our roads are mostly two-way, with one lane in each direction – we have few motorways
  • not all railway crossings have active warnings
  • seat belts are compulsory for everyone in the vehicle
  • it’s illegal to use a phone while driving

We want you to have a great trip and arrive safely at your destination, so make sure you allow plenty of time and take regular breaks. The trip may be slower, but the scenery is amazing so take your time and enjoy your journey.

For more information visit www.nzta.govt.nz/safety/driving-safely/visiting-drivers

Driving in New Zealand (mutilingual)
An overview for immigrants and visitors about driving in New Zealand. The booklet contains English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai and Arabic.

The 12 Golden Rules of Driving in New Zealand – Backpacker Guide NZ
New Zealand’s roads are often narrower, windier and not as well maintained than what you may be used to at home, for instance, some of our main roads are gravel roads! With that, the rules can sometimes be a little different as well. So just to be safe, here is a quick reminder of the most important rules to driving in New Zealand.

Driving in New Zealand – Guide for Tourists – Driving Test
Are you coming to New Zealand for a holiday, work or study and hiring a car, motorbike or campervan? These 66 questions are the essential Road Code rules you need to know to help keep yourself safe on NZ’s roads.

Laws in NZ

Know Your Rights in New Zealand | New Zealand Now
In New Zealand, the rights of individuals are protected by a wide range of laws. These laws cover problems you may have with government organisations, private businesses or individuals.

Legal System in New Zealand | New Zealand Now
New Zealanders have the protection of a strong and independent system of justice that is highly regarded worldwide.

Keeping Safe

Keeping Safe in New Zealand | New Zealand Now
By international standards, New Zealand is a safe country to live in. All the same, it is wise to know what to do if there is trouble and what you can do to avoid it.

Visitors to New Zealand – Safety Guide | New Zealand Police
If you are a visitor to New Zealand, here is some advice on how to keep yourself and your stuff safe.

Online safety advice | for NZ parents | NetSafe.org.nz‎
Get help, advice, tips and how-to guides for keeping kids safe online. Accountable. Agile & Innovative. Collaborative. Highlights: A Non-Profit Online Safety Organisation, A Technology-Positive Approach, We Provide Practical Tools, Support and advice.

Staying Safe Around Animals (for Kids) – KidsHealth
Animals can be great fun, but it’s important to know how to be safe when you’re with them. Both indoor animals and outdoor animals need to be treated kindly all the time. This means different things depending on the animal and the situation.

Getting Set Up

Trade Me is a useful place to purchase a wide range of things to help you set up your new life.
Trade Me: Buy online and sell with NZ’s #1 auction & classifieds site
Want to buy or sell? Head to Trade Me, NZ’s biggest & most popular auction & classifieds site, with thousands of new & used items in a wide range of categories.

Garage sales and markets and fairs are also fun to visit and find games and toys and books.
Your visa may allow you to work part time while you are here.

SJS – NZ’s largest student jobs site

Volunteering is an important part of New Zealand culture and a good place to learn English and our culture.
Volunteer Opportunities | Volunteer Opportunities nearby‎
Live, laugh, share. Volunteer Now on SEEK Volunteer. Make a Difference. Make it Count. Help Communities. Be an Everyday Hero. Services: Opportunities Search, Organisation Search, Emailed Job Alerts, Advice & Tips, Find Volunteers, Organisation Login.
Volunteer Organisations
Volunteering Events
About Volunteering

After School

Children must go home at 3pm. Any playdates must be arranged in advanced by parents.

Kelly Club
Children must go home at 3pm. Any playdates must be arranged in advanced by parents. Halswell – Kelly Club :: Kelly Events

After-school programmes – CINCH

Children and young people | Active Canterbury

After-school LEGO activities | Imagination Station Classes‎
Love LEGO? Want to get creative? Join our fun filled after school LEGO classes! At Imagination Station, students can choose to make robots, movies, machines and more! Click for more info. Courses: LEGO Stop-Motion, Mindstorms, Technic design, and many more!


Being a parent is the most wonderful gift of life but can be the most challenging at times. There is support to assist you and parenting courses available through different organisations. Please let the teacher know if you need assistance.

Kiwi Families
New Zealand’s trusted parenting site for over 10 years. Expert advice on pregnancy, babies and toddlers to teens. From party ideas to behavioural issues.

Use Positive Parenting | Proven strategies | Triple P New Zealand …
4 million kids & counting! Triple P – Positive Parenting Program works for toddlers & teens. Get parenting tips & classes in New Zealand: face-to-face or online.

Parenting resource: Home
This Parenting Resource is designed for use by workers supporting families with young children. The resource includes parenting and child development.

Healthy School Lunches & Snacks – Parents

Activities for Children

Playgrounds and basketball courts, swings and scooters, this city is built for the whole family. Explore, have fun, and laugh your way around the CBD!

Christchurch Children’s Activities – New Zealand Tourism Guide
Christchurch children’s activities directory, New Zealand. Christchurch is an ideal holiday destination, offering a wide variety of entertainment

Christchurch & Canterbury NZ
Let’s explore the city centre together

Family Fun | Christchurch & Canterbury NZ

THE 10 BEST Things to Do in Christchurch – 2019

Today’s Events in Christchurch, New Zealand. Christchurch, NZ Events types include: Concerts & Gig Guide, Exhibitions, Festivals & Lifestyle, Performing Arts,

What’s on : Christchurch City Council
Walking tracks. Botanic Garden walks. Botanic Garden walks.

Friendly Assistance for Getting to Know Christchurch and Beyond
Robyn Willis “Help is @ Hand”
Private Tours | South Island | New Zealand
Private Custom Designed Tours South Island New Zealand. CUSTOM-MADE. PRIVATE TOURS robyn@privatetours.co.nz …

Pioneer Recreation & Sport Centre : Christchurch City Council
Whether you want to swim, relax with the kids or set a personal best in the gym

Selwyn Aquatic Centre – Selwyn District Council

Christchurch for Foodies | Christchurch & Canterbury NZ
Come into town, eat and drink, and make your out-of-town friends jealous. Your city a world-class foodie destination, so get your lips around the CBD this winter.


Christchurch Maps – Maps of Christchurch New Zealand
Christchurch Maps – Maps of Christchurch City and Christchurch region, New Zealand.

How To Navigate Transport in Christchurch, New Zealand – Culture Trip
This guide will help you make sense of the various public and private transport options available in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Car park map : Christchurch City Council
There are thousands of car parks available in the Central City – find one using our interactive map. To access one of five multi-level parking buildings, drive in using the one-way streets and look out for the blue parking signs.

Greater Christchurch Metro
Our urban public transport network links all parts of Greater Christchurch, as well as the nearby towns of Rangiora, Kaiapoi, Woodend, Pegasus, Waikuku, Rolleston, Templeton, Springston, Lincoln and Prebbleton.


The Ultimate Guide for where to shop in Christchurch …
For a comfortable urban shopping experience during your stay in Christchurch, The Crossing is a must! The Tannery. Address: 3 Garlands Road, Woolston. Westfield Riccarton. Northlands Shopping Centre. The Colombo. The Palms Shopping Centre. Dress Smart Hornby. Merivale Mall. Rolleston Square.

List of all the retail stores located at Barrington. | Christchurch …

Shops & Services – The Hub Hornby


The Press: Christchurch and Canterbury news
Breaking news, opinion and analysis from Christchurch, Canterbury, the West Coast and throughout the South Island.

ESL News New Zealand
Listen to New Zealand news, spoken slowly and clearly, using easy vocabulary.


Christchurch City Weather – NZ Weather Forecast from MetService.com
Christchurch City Weather Forecast and current temperature situation. Visit MetService.com for up to date weather information in your region. Christchurch · ‎Canterbury · ‎Eastern Suburbs · ‎Christchurch & Kaikoura

Recycling and Waste

Bins : Christchurch City Council
Information on your wheelie bins, including reporting lost, stolen or missing bins and changing bin sizes. Report a damaged or missing bin. Bin not collected .
Green Bin. Collected Weekly. Put your bins out for collection before 6am on your street collection day. Download the Christchurch Wheelie Bins APP

Wheelie Bins app : Christchurch City Council
Download this free app and keep up to date with your rubbish and recycling … smart phone and search for ‘Christchurch Wheelie Bins’ to download the app.

Make the most of your time in New Zealand with our recommended apps. … at the stars, these apps can help you enjoy the very best of New Zealand on your holiday.

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