The Academy is located at Christchurch, the second largest city in New Zealand, and the largest in New Zealand's South Island.
Meandering rivers, tree-lined avenues, numerous parks and gardens, and friendly people are aspects that contribute to Christchurch being rated among the "Top 10 Tourist Cities in The World" (Travel and Leisure Magazine).
Cafes and restaurants cater for a variety of ethnic tastes.
Christchurch has easy access to beaches, golf courses, ski and snowboard fields, diving, white water rafting, sporting and many other recreation activities. Christchurch has two Universities, a College of Education, and numerous English Language schools.