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Christchurch is in recovery following a series of earthquakes from September 4, 2010. The most damaging earthquake was on February 22, 2011; when 185 people lost their lives. The central business district (including Cathedral Square) remains closed as a result of many weakened buildings that are yet to be demolished. With much of the central business district is still fenced off and many hotels in this area now unavailable, it is important to book your accommodation in advance.

Bringing retail back to the centre of town is New Zealand's first pop-up mall Re:START. The mall has established itself in the old city mall with boutique fashion outlets, great food and coffee, and creative architecture.

Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island, with a population of over 300,000. The Garden City was also, pre-earthquakes, the most attractive city in New Zealand, with extensive inner city public gardens and parks, the shallow Avon river meandering though the city centre, and a pedestrian oriented downtown centred on Cathedral Square. Redevelopment plans intend to restore central Christchurch around the featured garden areas and Avon river.

Christchurch was a planned settlement founded by English colonialists. This rich English history is still apparent in the city's atmosphere; tram lines loop around the city, you can punt down the Avon, and the city was scattered with impressive Neo-Gothic buildings.

Christchurch enjoyed the largest collection of Gothic architecture in the country, with Christchurch Cathedral, the Canterbury Museum, Christ's College School, and the former University of Canterbury, which was converted to the cultural centre of Christchurch, the Arts Centre. Post-earthquake, the Cathedral is a shell and the Arts Centre has suffered extensive damage.

Christchurch is also a city which embraces festivity, with a continuous stream of events and festivals throughout the year, including the Christchurch Arts Festival, New Zealand Cup and Show Week, the World Buskers Festival, the Lyttelton Festival of Lights, the Ellerslie International Flower Show and the Antarctic Festival - each celebrating particular aspects of Christchurch's unique character.

Christchurch contains one of the two main international airports for the country, and is connected via a tunnel to a seaport at Lyttelton on Bank's Peninsula. It is the Gateway to the South Island and is the perfect place to launch your New Zealand holiday.

Christchurch Cathedral (pre earthquake) Punting on the Avon Daffodils in the Christchurch Botanical Gardens

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Devilskin Mountains and the Moon Tour CSO: CSO Kids The Press Night of D'Light Swan Lake - Imperial Russian Ballet Company Games Hour
Devilskin Mountains and the Moon Tour
The Bedford at CPSA, Christchurch City, Christchurch
From Friday 25 September 2015 to Saturday 26 September 2015
CSO: CSO Kids
Charles Luney Auditorium, Christchurch City, Christchurch
Today only at 9:30 a.m.
The Press Night of D'Light
Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Christchurch City, Christchurch
From Wednesday 8 July 2015 to Sunday 12 July 2015
Swan Lake - Imperial Russian Ballet Company
Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch City, Christchurch
From Saturday 28 November 2015 to Sunday 29 November 2015
Games Hour
Imagination Station, Christchurch City, Christchurch
Today to Saturday 18 July 2015

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4-Day Great Southern Island Circle Tour from Christchurch
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