Christchurch – Canterbury

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Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island and the third largest urban area in New Zealand

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It is located near Bank’s Peninsula on the eastern side of the island. It is serviced by an international airport and the Port of Lyttelton.

The city has a strong education tradition and is the home of Canterbury University and Lincoln University. Sport is also a popular pursuit. The Canterbury Crusaders is probably the most successful provincial rugby team in the world.

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Christchurch was established by English immigrants in 1848 and many signs of its English origin are still clearly visible today, especially in the architecture of its older buildings and in the schools in the inner city.

The city lies on the eastern fringe of the Canterbury Plains, a rich agricultural area with sheep farming, dairying, grain production, grapes, crop and fruit growing. The Southern Alps lie to the west of these plains. The ski field at nearby Mount Hutt is popular in winter.

Summers are generally warm (20-25°C) and can be frequently quite hot (30°C or over). Winters are colder than in the North Island (5-15°C) with overnight frosts quite common and snow on rare occasions.

Post-earthquake recovery

In February 2011, Christchurch was hit by a huge earthquake. Much of the central city’s architecture was destroyed. But it remains a beautiful city, a city where you can cycle alongside the river, stay in good hotels and indulge in fine sophisticated dining, and a city where, just 15 minutes from the centre you can scramble up mountain bike tracks or ride a wave at a surf beach.

The city has been experiencing rapid growth following the earthquakes, with the central city rebuild, which is outlined in the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan, starting to ramp up, and massive growth in the residential sector, with around 50,000 new houses expected to be constructed in the Greater Christchurch area by 2028.

ISENZ Schools and Institutions:

ISENZ place students in the following schools and institutions within Palmerston North:

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Christchurch – The Ever Evolving City – 2014
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Related Links

Christchurch Educated
The official local student website

Discover Christchurch and Canterbury
The official website directory for everything the region has to offer.

100% Pure New Zealand: Destination Christchurch – Canterbury
New Zealand’s official tourism website

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For more information about Christchurch, please contact ISENZ.