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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 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 Mousetrap Rotary Club of Bishopdale Burnside Annual Bookarama 2019 Danny Bhoy: Age of Fools PechaKucha Night Christchurch Vol.39: Hidden Stories Christchurch Pet & Animal Expo 2019
The Mousetrap
Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch
Today to Sunday 5 May 2019
Rotary Club of Bishopdale Burnside Annual Bookarama 2019
Bishopdale YMCA, Christchurch
Today to Sunday 28 April 2019
Danny Bhoy: Age of Fools
Christchurch Town Hall, Christchurch
Sunday 28 April 2019
PechaKucha Night Christchurch Vol.39: Hidden Stories
Christchurch Town Hall, Christchurch
Saturday 27 April 2019
Christchurch Pet & Animal Expo 2019
Pioneer Leisure Centre, Christchurch
From Saturday 4 May 2019 to Sunday 5 May 2019

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 24 Apr 2019 
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