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    Christchurch is the gateway to the South Island of New Zealand. Many international visitors will either in arrive or depart from this largest, centrally located, South Island city.

    Christchurch is still home to a hefty colonial influence, displaying its ex-Englishness around many an atypical corner, and defying the country on the whole's step away from influences imported centuries ago from half way around the globe. Home to such colonial remnants as an Anglican Church, punts (an English version of the Venice canal boat), trams and exceedingly English buildings, its long been eyed by the rest of New Zealand as an oddly conservative entity, resistant to social change. After all, it’s even named after an English town.

    Visitors may spend their time marveling at the beauty of this city, exploring the natural beauty of rugged Hagley Park, discovering the garden city’s Botanical Gardens or even taking a helicopter flight over it all.

    For all its traditional ethos, though, Christchurch does offer the odd glimpse of indigenous kiwi culture. Nga Hau E Wha Marae, for example, is the largest urban Marae in New Zealand, and offers a fantastic Maori cultural experience. The carved sides of the meetinghouse are fantastic in their own right, and visitors take the chance to get involved in workshops, performances and a traditional ceremonial welcome. An astonishingly enticing experience.

    It would be criminal to miss Akaroa harbor, where you can happily spend a day cruising around searching for dolphins and penguins. In nearby Lyttleton harbor you can take in the scene from a waterside café, a great chill out day. If you just can’t resist that towering overview of it all, Christchurch Gondola will whisk you up into the hills to stare down over the city, and far out to sea.

    Increasingly, despite its traditional conservatism, Christchurch is catching up with the rest of the country when it comes to contemporary culture, too; you’ll no longer find yourself sitting at home quietly on the cold winter evenings. It won’t be the best party you’ve ever been too, either, but for a taste of the New Zealand of old, together with that priceless Maori experience, Christchurch is difficult to ignore.
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      • ChristChurch Cathedral, Christchurch
        0.13 Km from Christchurch
        ChristChurch Cathedral, a deconsecrated Anglican cathedral in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand, was built between 1864 and 1904 in the centre of the city, surrounded by Cathedral Square. It became the cathedral seat of the Bishop of Christchurch in the New Zealand tikanga of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia. Repeated earthquakes have damaged the building (mostly the spire) in the course of its history: in 1881, 1888, 1901, 1922, and September 2010. The February 201...
      • Ballantyne's fire
        0.15 Km from Christchurch
        On 18 November 1947, a fire engulfed Ballantynes department store in central Christchurch, New Zealand. 41 people died in the blaze; all were employees who found themselves trapped by the fire or were overcome by smoke while evacuating the store complex without a fire alarm or evacuation plan. It remains the deadliest fire in New Zealand history.
      • Christchurch Arts Centre
        0.65 Km from Christchurch
        The Christchurch Arts Centre was a hub for arts, crafts and entertainment in Christchurch, New Zealand. It is located in the neo-gothic former University of Canterbury buildings, the majority of which were designed by Benjamin Mountfort. It is listed as a Category I building (register number 7301) by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust. Following the 2011 Christchurch earthquake, the complex is closed, will require major repair work estimated at NZ$290m, will open again in stages, with the las...
      • Christchurch Hospital
        0.90 Km from Christchurch
        Christchurch Hospital is the largest tertiary hospital in the South Island of New Zealand. The public hospital is in the centre of Christchurch city, on the edge of Hagley Park, and serves the wider Canterbury Region. It has the busiest emergency department in Australasia, and is one of four main teaching hospitals in New Zealand. The Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) operates the hospital with funding from the government. The Christchurch School of Medicine is on the hospital campus, the ...
      • Westfield Riccarton
        3.11 Km from Christchurch
        Westfield Riccarton, (also known by its former name Riccarton Mall), is a large retail complex located in the Christchurch, New Zealand suburb of Riccarton. First opened in 1965, it is Christchurch's oldest shopping mall. Riccarton Mall was extensively remodeled around 1994-1995 with most stores relocating to new premises within the mall, Farmers is one of the few stores to remain in its original location. The remodel introduced a food court into the mall and a new rooftop car park. In 2003 West...
      • Addington Raceway
        3.29 Km from Christchurch
        Addington Raceway or The Met is the home of the Metropolitan Trotting Club in Addington, Christchurch in New Zealand. The venue consists of a trotting track, a greyhound track conference centre and restaurants. It is also home to many feature harness races such as: The New Zealand Trotting Cup and the Dominion Handicap. The raceway forms part of a sporting complex that includes Rugby League Park and the CBS Canterbury Arena.
      • Kate Sheppard House
        3.99 Km from Christchurch
        The Kate Sheppard House is a historic home in Clyde Road in the Christchurch suburb of Ilam, bordering onto the University of Canterbury. For 14 years, it was the home of the leader of New Zealand's women's suffrage campaign, Kate Sheppard, during her active period. It was later the family home of the 30th Mayor of Christchurch, John Joseph Dougall. It is registered as a Category 1 heritage place by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust for its outstanding historical significance in relation to ...
      • Air Force Museum of New Zealand
        7.34 Km from Christchurch
      • Riccarton Park Racecourse
        7.42 Km from Christchurch
      • Landcare Research
        17.71 Km from Christchurch
        Landcare Research (Māori: Manaaki Whenua) is one of New Zealand's Crown Research Institutes. The focus of the research at this company is the environment, biodiversity, and sustainability.

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      Month Temp °C Rainfall Cm Temp °F Rainfall Inches
      Jan 13.7 78.2 56.7 30.8
      Feb 13.8 74.8 56.8 29.4
      Mar 12.1 71.5 53.8 28.1
      Apr 9.7 76 49.5 29.9
      May 6.7 127.6 44.1 50.2
      Jun 4.2 121.8 39.6 48
      Jul 3.4 122.1 38.1 48.1
      Aug 4.6 133.8 40.3 52.7
      Sep 6.8 92.3 44.2 36.3
      Oct 8.9 67.7 48 26.7
      Nov 10.9 71.8 51.6 28.3
      Dec 12.5 77 54.5 30.3

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