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Skål International Christchurch # 342

Christchurch – Rediscover New Zealand’s oldest city and how it has risen to be an revitalised urban delight

Ōtautahi Christchurch has emerged as the obvious yet understated place to explore, live, work and invest in New Zealand.

A reborn city boldly staking its claim as Aotearoa New Zealand’s second largest city; the heart of the South Island (Te Waipounamu) and a basecamp for exploration and a place of great growth and opportunity.  We who call this city home enjoy an accessible housing market, ample job opportunities and the great outdoors on their doorstep. 

Ōtautahi Christchurch boasts an urban lifestyle amid lush outdoors. With modern infrastructure and top-class amenities, the city offers an attainable housing market, quality schools and three universities with unrivalled industry connections.

Ōtautahi Christchurch is stacked with laneways and hidden gems, the Canterbury region filled with diverse landscapes and unforgettable moments, all on your doorstep.

Ever since Operation Deep Freeze in the 1950s, Christchurch is regarded the gateway to the Antarctic with countries like United States, Italian, Korean programmes operating from the city; and each year we welcome China, Germany and France who use Christchurch as their gateway to the Ross Sea region.

Christchurch is home of inspiration….. Many great explorers set off on their Antarctic expeditions from Christchurch’s Port of Lyttelton including Scott and Shackleton.

From exploration to inspiration, Kate Shephard is our country's most famous suffragist.  From her home in Christchurch, Kate was our first influencer convincing our leaders to have New Zealand became the first nation in the world allowing Women the right to vote.

Once again our city is leading the way….with the first of three brand new international standard convention centres to open in New Zealand in our city.  Te Pae Christchurch is the city's gathering place — an architectural and social landmark designed as a welcoming heart in the centre of the city.  Te Pae Christchurch was officially opened in December 2021. 

Otautahi Christchurch has been included in TIME’s 2021 World’s Greatest Places.  The magazine’s annual travel guide includes 100 destinations “offering visitors an extraordinary experience that’s unlike any other”. It is the third year the New York-based magazine and news website have published the list. Christchurch is the only Kiwi city to crack the 100. 


So why not come and discover Ōtautahi Christchurch.

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Our 2023 Functions:

Thursday 26th January 2023 
BBQ Lunch @ The Commodore Hotel 
12noon – 2.00pm

Thursday 23rd February 2023 
AGM, Lunch & Panel Session on Sustainable Tourism @ Sudima Christchurch Airport
12noon - 3.00pm 

Thursday 16th March 2023 
Networking Lunch @ Venue TBC
12noon – 2.00pm

Thursday 20th April 2023 
ANZAC Lunch @ Crowne Plaza Christchurch
12noon – 2.00pm

Thursday 18th May 2023 
After5 Networking on the Christchurch Tram
5.00pm – 6.30pm

Thursday 15th June 2023 
Lunch At NZ's Best Local @ The Elmwood Trading Co. 
12noon – 2.00pm 

Thursday 13th July 2023 
Matariki Dinner @ Novotel Christchurch Airport 
7.00pm – 11.00pm 

Thursday 17th August 2023 
Networking Lunch @ Hotel Montreal
12noon – 2.00pm

Friday 22nd September 2023 
Breakfast With Guest Speaker @ The Mayfair

Thursday 19th October 2023 
Lunch @ Heartland Hotel Cotswold 
12noon – 2.00pm

Thursday 7th November 2023 
Lunch, Auction & Melbourne Cup @ The George
12.30pm– 3.30pm

Wednesday 6th December 2023 
Christmas Lunch @ Craft Embassy
12noon – 2.00pm



Christchurch Club was delighted to form the first Young Skal Club in Australasia.  We are always looking for new members who are currently studying travel, tourism or hospitality; or who have started in their first industry role.For any queries, please contact our Young Skal Committee on email:  Or visit us on Facebook or on Instagram.

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Our 2022 Committee:

Back Row(left to right)

Bruce Garrett (Managing Director at Brook Serene)

Mike Baker (Director at TM Consultants and Kiwi Metering and Monitoring)

Craig White (Director at Pinnacle Hospitality)

Kate Blundell (Director at Collective Concepts)

Vice President Nikki Rogers (Regional Manager at Hospitality NZ)


Front Row (left to right)

Leigh Higgins (Director of Corporate Sales at Sudima Hotels)

Secretary Juliet Chilton (Director Christchurch Entertainment Bureau)

President Victoria Wales (Business Director at HOT Events | House of Travel Christchurch City) **

Treasurer Rebecca Rosie (Group Business Manager at The South Island Office)

Kim Chan (Director at Kim Chan Events)


Along with Past President Caroline Blanchfield (Group Marketing Manager GCH Aviation New Zealand and Pacific Islands)




** As a Christchurch person born and breed, I am thrilled to be the 2022 President of Skal international Christchurch. 

Our club is passionate with people who have been challenged and shown resilience over the last decade.  Our members show compassion to others and are proud of everyone’s achievements.   

I am lucky to have the support of a wonderful committee as well as mentors - Leighton Cameron (New Zealand International Councillor) and Peter Morrison (2020 World President) these men are inspiration to us all in the Skal world and I am privileged to call them great friends.

-           Here’s to a fantastic year, supporting our industry, inspiring our members, and reviving travel and tourism while having some fun along the way.”

Yours in Skal

Victoria Wales

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