Supermarkets and Groceries
Generally New World is more expensive than other stores but offers greater variety and has better quality stock. Most students studying at Canterbury and living on campus, walk to the New World just off Peer Street . It’s about a 5 -10 minute walk from your university accommodation.
Similar to New World but with the bonus of online shopping and door to door delivery, check out their website for more info. Save this option for bigger shops or split the extra charge for delivery with your flatmates! The Countdown closest to the university is at Church Corner.
Pak ‘n Save
Notoriously no frills, this is the cheapest of the supermarkets and ideal for larger shopping trips. It’s out of the city center so you’ll need to take a 10-minute bus ride to Westfield Riccarton mall on the Orbiter bus to get there. The Orbiter is a green bus that runs every 10 -15 minutes from outside the university on Ilam Road. See www.metroinfo.co.nz for the bus schedule.
Four Square and Dairies
These are corner/convenience stores and so you’ll find them scattered across the city. They only stock the necessities and you’ll also find the cost of food there more expensive, but they’re great for last minute milk, eggs and bread.
Farmer’s markets are the cheapest and freshest way to stock up on vegetables. Better yet, as you’re supporting local farming initiatives, you are putting money back in the community and reducing your carbon footprint by cutting down on food miles. There are many throughout the city but these are our top picks.
Christchurch Farmer’s Market
Saturday from 9am – 1pm
Held every Saturday at Riccarton House & Bush. It’s a 15- to 20-minute walk from the University of Canterbury or you can opt to take a short bus ride. The location alone is stunning; it’s a heritage house and grounds have been transformed into a lovely park/bush. In New Zealand’s warmer months (October – April), Riccarton House & Bush also holds a market each Sunday from 10am – 2pm featuring artisan items and locally made handcrafts.
The Riccarton Market
Sunday from 9am – 2pm
Held every Sunday, the market is located on the beautiful grounds of the Riccarton Racecourse. This is the largest market in the city with heaps of food options and everything else from books to house plants and board games. Easily accessed from the Bus Interchange, your weekend food and veggie shop will be complete after a stop here.
The Night Markets
The night markets are a great way to try local and artisan food at very reasonable prices. Expect to pay between $10 – $15 for a meal.
The Friday Street Food Market
11am – 9pm
Held every Friday on Cathedral Square, Christchurch
When you need homewares, bedding and other miscellaneous items, head to the below stores. All three are chains so you’re likely to see them scattered across the country.
The Warehouse is New Zealand’s equivalent to Target or Walmart but has less variety. The closest to Canterbury University is at 265 Blenheim Road.
Briscoes is similar to The Warehouse but caters more extensively to homeware. It’s slightly better quality and therefore a little more expensive. The closest store is in Westfield Riccarton Mall.
You may be familiar with this one! In New Zealand Kmart has a better range of items than The Warehouse and is just as cheap if not cheaper. Many students have found themselves on what can only be described as a ‘Kmart binge’ as it’s easy to buy far more than you really need every time you go there. The closest store is also in Westfield Riccarton Mall.