Discover Christchurch and the South Island
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Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand. The cosmopolitan city is lively with its arts scene, abundance of entertainment options and is surrounded by beautiful gardens. Situated in the Canterbury region, it was first inhabited around 1000 years ago and on July 31 1856 Christchurch became a city by Royal Charter making it one of the oldest established cities in New Zealand.
When you tour Christchurch, you’ll experience its old world charm with its English history still evident in its architecture and tram loops. It’s also referred to as “The Garden City” where annually the city comes alive with its flower festivals. What you’ll see are beautiful gardens spread around the city, most notable ones being Mona Vale Park on the banks of the Avon River. In 1997, Christchurch won “Garden city of the world” title.
What also makes this a pretty city is the Avon River that meanders throughout the city. Named after River Avon in Scotland in 1848, you can enjoy your free time whilst on tour just by sitting on the grass banks of the river and watch the world go by. Christchurch weather ranges from dry summers with a nice sea breeze coming from the northeast to chilly winters. It’s always recommended that when you travel in New Zealand to be prepared for all weather conditions in the one day.