About Christchurch New Zealand.
Located on the east coast of the South Island, Christchurch - just like the rest of New Zealand - is a city of contrasts. It is a place where its residents continue to enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle amidst a natural environment world-renowned for its beauty. A growing cosmopolitan ambience also adds a touch of excitement without overt flashiness.
Everywhere there is an understated elegance that speaks of times gone by and promises a future where anything is possible. It really is the "city that shines?".
Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand with a population of approximately 320,000.
Christchurch lies on the east coast between the sandy beaches of Sumner and Brighton, the bays and bush clad valleys of Banks Peninsular and the river-braided patchwork of the Canterbury Plains, which stretch westwards towards the tallest mountains in New Zealand, the Southern Alps.
Christchurch is a city of contrasts. Said to be the most English city in New Zealand, Christchurch also buzzes with cosmopolitan energy. It has a genteel old world charm and one of the most high-energy high technology sectors in New Zealand. It is a flat city stretched out below the volcanic crags of the Port Hills. In Christchurch you can surf in the morning and ski in the afternoon - it's just two hours from coast to slopes. Attractions range from a gentle punt on the River Avon or a trundle around the city on a vintage tram, to the glitz and glamour of the first Casino in New Zealand or the buzz of joining the famous one-eyed Canterbury crowd at a Jade Stadium rugby match.
With its 161-hectare green belt of Hagley Park and the Botanic Gardens, and its multitude of vibrant and verdant private gardens, Christchurch has come to be known as the Garden City of New Zealand. The 161-hectare green belt of Hagley Park and the Botanic Gardens is famous around the world and in 1996 Christchurch was acknowledged as the outstanding garden city from 620 international entries. In 1997 Christchurch was judged Overall Winner of Major Cities in the Nations in Bloom International Competition to become 'Garden City of the World'.