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Christchurch (Māori: Ōtautahi) is the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand, and the country's second-largest urban area. It is one third the way down the South Island's east coast, just north of Banks Peninsula. Christchurch is also known as the Garden City and is alive with colour, atmosphere, world-class attractions and spectacular gardens. The city has a vibrant, cosmopolitan feel that embraces exciting festivals, theatre, modern art galleries and great shopping. With much of the city being flat and only a few metres above sea level, spectacular views can be obtained from almost any high building. At these low elevations the city appears more like a forest, with only a few buildings visible, rather than a major city.

Christchurch has a population of just under 360,000 and with many beautiful parks and gardens  glowing with flowers it has a fairytale charm. It is also a city steeped in art and education. It is the home of the University of Canterbury and has an art gallery that matches the rustic and neo-gothic buildings that line the nearby streets. All around the city there are opportunities for physical activity, such as hiking and mountain biking in the Port Hills. For those with a head for heights, there is gondola ride that will take you breath away,  and afterwards relaxing while punting on the Avon River will give you the chance to get it back again. The only French settlement in New Zealand is just a few kilometres away at Akoroa, a town that features exquisite dining and beautiful wines. Akaroa is the main settlement on Banks Peninsula, which contains endless rolling hills and small bays at every turn. Whatever the  season there is something fun and exciting to do. Whether you are wanting to be outdoors or indoors the city of Christchurch has what you are looking for. Every day will be a new adventure and there will be something wonderful to uncover.

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