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Christchurch lies in the Canterbury region. The city is the largest in the South Island and third largest overall. It has an international airport making it a popular entry point into New Zealand for visitors wanting to tour the scenic South Island. The city is famous for its many gardens including the renown botanic gardens. Neighbouring Hagley Park has a huge 161 hectares of parklands and trees on the edge of the city centre.
Christchurch is known as the city most like England, which is strange when you consider that it is also the furthest city in the world from Britain. With trees imported from England and streets and rivers bearing the names of her English counterpart, it is simply amazing to find another England on the exact opposite side of the world.
However, Christchurch suffered devastating earthquakes in 2010 and 2011. Such was the damage that the city centre was closed down for years as construction crews removed all the debris and had to destroy a number of buildings that were in danger of collapse. Since then, the city centre has reopened and new modern buildings have sprouted up with many still under construction. This has changed the city forever and even redrawn the map. Fortunately, some of Christchurch's older buildings were saved which will help keep the English flavour of the city alive. Read more ››