Located on the east coast of the South Island, Christchurch is a city of contrasts.
It is a place where its residents continue to enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle amidst a natural environment world-renowned for its beauty. A growing cosmopolitan ambience also adds a touch of excitement without overt flashiness.
There is nowhere else in the world where within two hours of an international airport you can ski at a world class alpine resort, play golf, bungy jump, go rafting, mountain biking, hot-air ballooning, wind surfing, whale watching and visit world class wineries and gardens.
The city centre is comfortingly compact and the most delightful central feature is the gently winding Avon River. On its grassy banks lined with poplars and weeping willows, office workers and visitors join street entertainers, seagulls and ducks for lunch in the sun.
Maori oral history suggests that people first inhabited the Canterbury area about a thousand years ago… more
Internationally famed ‘The Garden City’, Christchurch’s well-established expansive parks and public gardens… more
Facts & stats
Find out more about Christchurch’s climate (temperature, rainfall), population, industry… more
Canterbury & South Island
Find out more about the Canterbury region and South Island… more
Christchurch is an official gateway city to Antarctica. It is has been the stepping off point for many Antarctic expeditions and is home to the Antarctic research offices of NZ, USA and Italy… more
Find out more about Sister Cities and other important international relationships… more