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Welcome to Christchurch.NZ.com, a website dedicated to providing information about Christchurch, New Zealand. Find your perfect hotel or other accommodation for your stay, or book something to do in the tours or activities section.

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 has a mix of brand new high specification buildings, restored buildings, old buildings showing earthquake damage, and empty sites cleared after demolition. Christchurch provides is a unique view on a city rebuilding - which makes it a must see destination.

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 (in Cathedral Square), 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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Featured Christchurch Events

The Night Market NZ Irish Fest Friday Street Food Market Riccarton Races Breakfast SCAPE Public Art 20th Anniversary Season 2018
The Night Market
Christchurch
Today to Saturday 15 December 2018
NZ Irish Fest
Christchurch
From Friday 16 November 2018 to Sunday 18 November 2018
Friday Street Food Market
Cathedral Square, Christchurch
From Friday 23 November 2018 to Friday 28 December 2018
Riccarton Races Breakfast
Carlton Bar & Eatery, Christchurch
Today only at 8:30 a.m.
SCAPE Public Art 20th Anniversary Season 2018
The Arts Centre of Christchurch, Christchurch
Today only at 10:00 a.m.

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The Press
One dead, three hospitalised after single car crash in central Christchurch
The Press
One person is dead and three others hospitalised after a serious crash in central Christchurch on Friday night. Emergency services were working at the scene of the single vehicle crash in Gloucester Street, Christchurch, first reported about 11.15pm.

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