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Welcome to Christchurch

Welcome to Christchurch - The City of International Antarctic Centre


Christchurch is situated in the South island of New Zealand, on the East coast. It is the second city of the country, by its size, and the capital city of Canterbury region. In the past, it used to be the city where were living some of the Maori tribes. Christchurch is full of parks and gardens that is why is is nicknamed “Garden city”.







Night-life :
There are many things to do at night in Christchurch. You can find bars, pubs and nightclubs such as Irish pubs. There is also a casino where you can find all the common money games.

Shopping :
Christchurch has got many malls and shopping centres. Here are a few ones. Merivale Mall, Northlands shopping Mall, the Rolleston Square, the Hub Hornby, the Palms Shopping Centre and the Westfield Riccarton. In them, you will find everything that you are looking for.

3 Places to visit :
International Antarctic Centre, a place where you can learn about Antarctica. There, you can experience snow, ice, storm and even hang out with penguins. There is also a simulated 4D cruise.
Christchurch Castle ruins, built to protect the city during wars, is a Norman castle. Now it is in ruins and few walls are still remaining.
Orana Wildlife Park, a zoo where you can see a wide range of New Zealand animals. There, you can feed giraffes or even travel through lions habitat on a special vehicle.

Time :

Standard time zone: UTC/GMT +12 hours

Climate :
Christchurch has an oceanic climate and the seasons are the opposite of the North hemisphere. In fact, the summer last from December to February and the winter from June to September. The hottest month is January with an average of 25 °C and the coldest is July with an average of 11 °C. During the summer, there is a lot of wind that is why the temperatures are not that high. This wind is called the Nor’wester.

How to move in the city ?
The city is well-developed transport system. It is served by an airport, Christchurch International Airport. There are links with all the world but especially with New Zealand and Australia. There are several buses, be careful they are called “metro” so do not make any confusion because there is no subway is Christchurch. One bus line is free, it goes around the town-centre, and very useful for the tourists. The other interesting type of transportation for tourists is the tramway since it also goes around the city centre and helps to reach sightseeing. You can also find a railway station to reach other cities and bicycles paths.


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