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The charming city of Christchurch, widely known as New Zealand’s Garden City, is the largest centre in the South Island. It’s International Airport serves as the gateway from numerous international destinations as well as to many cities and towns in New Zealand.

Christchurch snuggles into the Port Hills, which are part of the crater rim formed by volcanic eruptions. It spreads out into the largest stretch of flat land in New Zealand, the Canterbury Plains. The Avon River idles its way through the city, heading to the Pacific Ocean east of the city. In the west beyond the plains is the magnificent backdrop formed by the Southern Alps.

Christchurch, while a modern city hasn’t lost its charm of the past featuring a variety of older buildings, many built of stone, in a neo gothic style. Close to the centre of Christchurch is the spacious Hagley Park with its beautiful trees and Botanic Gardens.

There is a huge range of activities on offer in Christchurch and Canterbury. The Southern Alps provide some of the most challenging mountaineering in the world and also skiing and snowboarding. There is fishing in the lakes and rivers as well as kayaking and jet-boating; camping and tramping; sailing and wind surfing or just simply lazing around on the beach or visiting the numerous cafés and wineries. Canterbury offers almost any outdoor pleasure you can think of.

It is a place with “more than anywhere in the world”. There is so much to see, do and enjoy in Christchurch and Canterbury – why not add an extra day or two to your itinerary now.

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