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Christchurch

New Zealand's South Island's largest city welcomes you

The city of Christchurch is New Zealand's second largest city, nestled between the Port Hills and the vast, fertile Canterbury Plains. It is also the largest city in the South Island.

Often referred to as "The Garden City" because of the numerous public parks and gardens, Christchurch is home to a cosmopolitan population and boasts a rich assortment of arts, restaurants and heritage attractions.

The city is also home to many wonderful educational establishments, including the University of Canterbury, Lincoln University, the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology and many prestigious private schools and training establishments such as Christ's College.

The city's centre is influenced by a rich English heritage with some of the finest Gothic architecture outside of Britain. The beautiful heritage buildings and gardens are enhanced by the slow-moving Avon River, which winds its way through the city past such establishments such as ethnic-style restaurants and bars of "The Strip": an area showcasing the city's vibrant nightlife.

Christchurch is a friendly city, home to people who will make you feel welcome and will happily discuss their city and way of life with you.

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