The 26-year-old all-rounder, from Cumbria, was set to miss The Ashes after being banned indefinitely from the England cricket team.
Suspended England all-rounder Ben Stokes has reportedly signed a short-term contract to play for Canterbury in New Zealand's domestic 50 over competition.
There was widespread speculation on social media that he was heading to Australia after being pictured at the airport on Monday.
Canterbury Cricket chief executive Jeremy Curwin added: "The CCA board and New Zealand Cricket will independently be considering this issue in the near future but, until then, we are unable to provide any more detail on the status of the deliberations".
"NZC has an open mind on the issue and will await further information before making a decision".
The prodigious all-rounder is now suspended pending a police investigation into an alleged assault which saw him dropped from the national squad for The Ashes series against Australia. "His travel arrangements have not been arranged by the European Central Bank", an ECB statement read.
England was no match for Australia in the series opener
He was banned indefinitely from the England cricket squad after a video surfaced of him punching two people after a night out.
By being in Christchurch, though, Stokes is only a comparatively short flight away from Australia and could quickly join the England team if police in Britain decides not to press charges after investigating his involvement in an incident outside a nightclub last September.
"He is not on his way to the Ashes, the England Lions or any other training camps within the England set-up".
He was released by police while the investigation continues.
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