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Christchurch is in recovery following a series of earthquakes from September 4, 2010. The most damaging earthquake was on February 22, 2011; when 185 people lost their lives. The central business district has a mix of brand new high specification buildings, restored buildings, old buildings showing earthquake damage, and empty sites cleared after demolition. Christchurch provides is a unique view on a city rebuilding - which makes it a must see destination.

Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island, with a population of over 300,000. The Garden City was also, pre-earthquakes, the most attractive city in New Zealand, with extensive inner city public gardens and parks, the shallow Avon river meandering though the city centre, and a pedestrian oriented downtown centred on Cathedral Square. Redevelopment plans intend to restore central Christchurch around the featured garden areas and Avon river.

Christchurch was a planned settlement founded by English colonialists. This rich English history is still apparent in the city's atmosphere; tram lines loop around the city, you can punt down the Avon, and the city was scattered with impressive Neo-Gothic buildings.

Christchurch enjoyed the largest collection of Gothic architecture in the country, with Christchurch Cathedral (in Cathedral Square), the Canterbury Museum, Christ's College School, and the former University of Canterbury, which was converted to the cultural centre of Christchurch, the Arts Centre. Post-earthquake, the Cathedral is a shell and the Arts Centre has suffered extensive damage.

Christchurch is also a city which embraces festivity, with a continuous stream of events and festivals throughout the year, including the Christchurch Arts Festival, New Zealand Cup and Show Week, the World Buskers Festival, the Lyttelton Festival of Lights, the Ellerslie International Flower Show and the Antarctic Festival - each celebrating particular aspects of Christchurch's unique character.

Christchurch contains one of the two main international airports for the country, and is connected via a tunnel to a seaport at Lyttelton on Bank's Peninsula. It is the Gateway to the South Island and is the perfect place to launch your New Zealand holiday.

Christchurch Cathedral (pre earthquake) Punting on the Avon Daffodils in the Christchurch Botanical Gardens

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Earthquakes & Butterflies - 7th Anniversary Theatre Event Christchurch Lantern Festival 2018 Open Air Summer Shakespeare Christchurch Holi-Festival of Colours Lamb & Hayward Masterworks: Eroica
Earthquakes & Butterflies - 7th Anniversary Theatre Event
The Transitional Cathedral, Christchurch
Today to Sunday 25 February 2018
Christchurch Lantern Festival
Cathedral Square, Christchurch
From Saturday 10 March 2018 to Sunday 11 March 2018
2018 Open Air Summer Shakespeare
Mona Vale, Christchurch
Today to Saturday 24 February 2018
Christchurch Holi-Festival of Colours
North Hagley Park Events Village, Christchurch
Saturday 17 March 2018
Lamb & Hayward Masterworks: Eroica
Air Force Museum of New Zealand, Christchurch
Saturday 24 February 2018

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Christchurch News

 21 Feb 2018 

Stuff.co.nz
Christchurch homes largely escape flooding in the wake of ex-Cyclone Gita
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Sisters Maisie, 8, (left) and Ruby Lovelock, 12, enjoy a few moments before self-evacuating their home alongside the Heathcote River on Tuesday. Flood-prone Christchurch homes appear to have had a lucky escape as about half the forecast rain fell on ...
Lianne Dalziel: Christchurch 'dodged bullet' with Ex-Cyclone GitaNewstalk ZB
Debt keeps Christchurch's mayor up at nightNewsroom
Ex-cyclone Gita floods Christchurch butcher's shopThe Press
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