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Christchurch New Zealand is situated in the Canterbury region of the South Island of New Zealand. Backpackers love the weather in christchurch New Zealand. With a population of over 350,000 Christchurch is the international gateway to the South Island...

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Canterbury boasts more than ten snow fields. Skiers and snowboarders travel here from all over the world to enjoy the reliable snow, wide range of runs and excellent equipment. The ski season ranges from June to September.

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Christchurch lies in Canterbury New Zealand, near the centre of the east coast of the South Island, east of the Canterbury Plains. It is located near the southern end of Pegasus Bay, and is bounded to the east by the Pacific Ocean coast and the estuary of the Avon as well as the Heathcote River. To the south and south-east the urban portion of the city is limited by the volcanic slopes of the Port Hills separating it from the Banks Peninsula. As of 2006, the Banks Peninsula was incorporated into the city, in effect tripling the city's land area [4] while adding only about 8,000 people to the city's population. To the north the city is bounded by the braided Waimakariri River..
   
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Christchurch, the second largest city in New Zealand, is situated in the Canterbury region. With a population of over 300,000 people, Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island, and the gateway for visitors touching down at Christchurch International Airport to explore not only the city, but also the surrounding region of Canterbury, from Kaikoura in the north to Waimate in the south, and the rest of the South Island of New Zealand.

The city was named by the Canterbury Association, which settled the surrounding province of Canterbury. The name of Christchurch was agreed on at the first meeting of the association on 27 March 1848. It was suggested by John Robert Godley, who had attended Christ Church, Oxford. Some early writers called the town Christ Church, but it was recorded as Christchurch in the minutes of the management committee of the association.

The river which flows through the centre of the city (its banks now largely forming an urban park) was named Avon at the request of the pioneering Deans brothers to commemorate the Scottish Avon, which rises in the Ayrshire hills near what was their grandfathers' farm and flows into the Clyde.The usual Maori name for Christchurch is Otautahi ("the place of Tautahi"). This was originally the name of a specific site by the Avon River near present-day Kilmore Street and the Christchurch Central Fire Station. The site was a seasonal dwelling of Ngai Tahu chief Te Potiki Tautahi, whose main home was Port Levy on Banks Peninsula. The Otautahi name was adopted in the 1930s. Prior to that the Ngai Tahu generally referred to the Christchurch area as Karaitiana

The mountains are only an hour and a half away, Canterbury boasts more than ten snow fields. Skiers and snowboarders travel here from all over the world to enjoy the reliable snow, wide range of runs and excellent equipment. The ski season ranges from June to September.

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The beaches are beautiful, sandy, clean and almost empty. New Brighton is the longest, miles of sand with pine trees growing beside the sand dunes. Sumner beach has the picturesque Shag Rock at one end .If the tide is out you can walk down to Cave Rock, and along the Esplanade. Taylors Mistake Beach is over the next hill. This is a sheltered cove with baches (small houses used for weekend retreats) along the shore .The walk along the cliffs has some dramatic views. All of the beaches are great for swimming, surfing and sailing with lifeguards on duty.

Beyond the city, Canterbury has so many exciting features. Discover the rich marine environment at Kaikoura, or the action-attractions, wineries and thermal pools in Hurunui. Step back in Maori, French and British history in Akaroa, Canterbury’s oldest village, or explore the magnificent Southern Alps by road, rail or on foot. Further afield, sample the relaxed provincial New Zealand lifestyle at Ashburton or Timaru, or make Methven your base for skiing, golf and enjoying the region’s verdant countryside. And also within easy reach is the stunning Mount Cook/Mackenzie area, renowned for its scenery, wilderness and hospitality.

 

 

 

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