Christchurch

Christchurch is found on the eastern part of New Zealand’s South Island. The city is the biggest on the South Island. The Canterbury Association named the city in 1848. John Robert Godley suggested the name Christchurch in reference to Christ Church that he attended in Oxford, and the association agreed.

The city of Christchurch offers a dry, temperate climate. The average temperatures in January reach a maximum of 22.5 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperatures in July reach 11.3 degrees Celsius.

There are many things to see and do while visiting Christchurch. The city offers a range of theatres, entertainment venues, museums, and gardens and parks. The Botanic Gardens is a popular place to visit offering over 21 hectares of local and exotic plants. There are over 250 roses in the Rose Garden as well as collections of plants from all over the world. The Herb Garden, which was started in 1986 offers a variety of plants that have medicinal and culinary value.

In the centre of the city visitors will find the Canterbury Museum. The museum offers a wide variety of exhibits that include over 2.1 million artefacts that educate visitors about the history of the city.

Christchurch was built between 1864 and 1910 and was the centre of the Church of England’s settlement in the city. The spire of the church was damaged by the earthquake that occurred in February of 2011. The structure of the remaining building was damaged as well. This is not the first time that the church has seen damage from earthquakes as it happened in 1922, 1901, 1888, and 1801.

Other places of interest in the city of Christchurch include Ferrymead Heritage Park, Southern Encounter Aquarium, International Antarctic Centre, Orana Wildlife Park, and the Air Force Museum.  All of these destinations can be accessed when you choose car hire in Christchurch Airport.

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