Christchurch is the largest city on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand. It is located on the edge of the Canterbury plains and is a major stepping off point for touring the South Island. Mountains, ocean beaches, rivers, lakes and wide open spaces can be found less than an hour from the city centre.
The Avon River, a spread of Victorian architecture, and the avenues and squares, are a responsible for Christchurch’s reputation of "Englishness”. Internationally famed ‘The Garden City’, one-eighth of its area is devoted to public parks, reserves, and recreation grounds, with the 186-hectare (459-acre) Hagley Park smack in its center.
It is a place where its residents continue to enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle amidst a natural environment world-renowned for its beauty. Because of its excellent transport facilities, bountiful water supply, and inexpensive hydroelectric power, Christchurch is one of the most important centres in New Zealand.