Christchurch is the second largest city of New Zealand; it is located in the Canterbury region of the South Island, New Zealand.
Christchurch is a stimulating place to visit all year round; it is an enjoyable combination of sophisticated lifestyle and cultural excitement. The serene Avon River flows through the city, historic buildings are home to an energetic arts community and restored trams make it easy for visitors to get around the city.
Popular places to visit are the museums, art galleries and the restaurants or have an unforgettable scenic experience you can take a trip on the Christchurch gondola or go punting on the Avon River.
Christchurch also has a vivacious nightlife, award-winning cafes, world class fashion shops, beautiful botanical gardens and all year round the city is a natural environment world-renowned for its beauty.
Christchurch is such a unique city, it is located within two hours of an international airport, you can ski at a world class alpine resort, play golf, bungy jump, go rafting, mountain biking, hot-air ballooning, wind surfing, whale watching and visit outstanding wineries and gardens.
Maori oral history suggests that the first inhabitants to the Canterbury region were moa-hunting tribes around a thousand years ago. They were followed by the Waitaha who are thought to have migrated from the east coast of the North Island in the 16th century.
The first European landed in 1815, 45 years after Captain James Cook sighted what he named "Banks Island", later found to be a peninsula. In 1840 the first Europeans settled on the plains and whaling ships were operating out of Lyttelton by 1850.
Main Towns in the Christchurch-Canterbury Region
Other Towns in the Christchurch-Canterbury Region