1 Nov 2021

With COVID-19 detected in two wastewater samples collected in Christchurch, health authorities are urging anyone with COVID-19 symptoms – no matter how mild - to get tested.

Over the weekend more than 5400 COVID-19 swabs were carried out at our testing sites and via general practice teams across the Canterbury community. Because of the recently reported cases and new wastewater detections, it’s important these high testing rates continue.

Free COVID-19 testing continues to be available at some general practices and at three Community-Based Testing Centres (CBTC). The current testing options available in the community have good capacity to respond to high demand throughout the region.

The CBTCs in Christchurch are at

People can check if their GP can provide COVID-19 testing by calling them or via the Healthpoint website.  

Canterbury DHB’s Emergency Coordination Centre Controller, Tracey Maisey says anyone who is displaying any COVID-19 symptoms or has visited a location of interest is encouraged to attend.

“No appointment is necessary and testing is free for everyone. You don’t need a referral to attend a testing centre and you can drive-up or walk-in,” says Tracey.

Please be aware though that if it’s busy you may have to wait for your test. While not essential, we recommend you take your NHI number with you, which can speed up the process. Please arrive at least half an hour before the facility closes.

Get more information on testing.


The Canterbury District Health Board is also reminding people that there are plenty of places to get vaccinated if they have not already.

 “Over 91 percent of our eligible population has now received at least one dose. We’re urging anyone yet to receive their vaccinations to get vaccinated to protect themselves and their whānau and our community.’’  

 A full list of clinics, including multiple walk-in options, can be found here.