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Christchurch in the region of Canterbury is the biggest city in the South Island and the 2nd biggest city in New Zealand. It is a popular destination and a major gateway to the country. Known as the Garden City, Christchurch has huge parks and colourful gardens. Hagley Park the most popular park is 161 hectares and contains the beautiful Botanic Gardens.
Christchurch is reputedly the most English looking city outside of England. It does seem strange when you consider that the city is furtherest of any city in the world from England. The streets are lined with English tree species including poplars and the chestnut. Even the main river, the Avon, which is named after its English counterpart is fringed with Weeping Willows. Read more ››