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. You can find out more here.

For Police non-emergencies dial 105 – you can find out more about what non-emergencies are here.

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

Fire Emergency

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

Pegasus Health 24 Hour Surgery

Phone: (03) 365 7777
401 Madras Street, Christchurch

New Zealand Emergency Services

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


Due to its location and environment, New Zealand faces many potential disasters, such as a weather related or volcanic disaster. Find out more here


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 Website

Riccarton Clinic and After Hours Medical Centre

Urgent care centre
4 Yaldhurst Rd · 03-343 3661

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 emergency dentists in Christchurch.

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 this site.

Driving in New Zealand (multilingual)

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. Click here

The 12 Golden Rules of Driving in New Zealand

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. Click here

Driving in New Zealand – Guide for Tourist

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. Click here

Laws in New Zealand

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. Click here to find out more.

Keeping Safe

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 possessions safe.

Online safety advice | for NZ parents | NetSafe.org.nz‎

Get help, advice, tips and ‘how-to guides’ for keeping kids safe online. As young people spend more time online, it’s important that parents teach their child to have a safe online experience. Click here to find out more.

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. All animals need to be treated kindly. Click here to find out more.

Fun Facts About Wild Life in New Zealand

Click on this link to find out some fun fact

Water Safety for Families


Please ensure your family is well prepared to safely enjoy New Zealand’s beaches, rivers, lakes and pools. Click on the button below to find out more.

Getting Set Up

Trade Me and Market Place (Facebook) area useful for purchasing a wide range of things to help you set up your new life.

Garage sales and markets and fairs are also fun to visit and find games and toys and books.

Volunteering in New Zealand

Volunteering is an important part of New Zealand culture and a good place to connect with people and help others.
Click here to find out more.

After School

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

There are many activities for children to gain new skills for life long learning.

OSCAR at Halswell

OSCAR at Halswell provides a safe, organised and fun out of school and holiday care programme. Spaces may be limited. Click here to find out more.

Te Hāpua Library

Children and young people | Active Canterbury

Click here for information on 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! Click here to find out 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.

Lunch Box Ideas

Preparing a school lunch with your child can be lots of fun. Go to Nutrition Foundation for some ideas.

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!

Family Fun | Christchurch & Canterbury NZ

THE 10 BEST Things to Do in Christchurch

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

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.


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 – Bus Service
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.