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Christchurch, the "Garden City"

The South Island of New Zealand is an island of natural beauty, breathtaking mountain scenery, many skifields, and excellent lake and river fishing. New Zealand has an international reputation for being clean and green.

Christchurch is the gateway to the South Island and the International airport is only 15 minutes away from the city centre. It is the largest city in the South Island with over 400,000 people and is on the East Coast.

Map of New Zealand.

People from over 160 different international cultures live in Christchurch which is also known as the Garden City. The banks of the picturesque Avon River which flows through the city centre are a popular place to relax and have lunch with friends Some parts of the river are currently inaccessible.. Christchurch in the summer can be hot and in the winter, frosty. Several lovely beaches for swimming, surfing and other water sports are within 20 minutes drive from the city centre. It takes about 2 hours to travel to the closest skifield in the mountains.

New Zealanders, also called "Kiwis", are known to be very friendly, helpful to visitors and enthusiastic about sport and the outdoors. Kiwi is the name of the famous, flightless, noctural bird, which lives in the bush and hills and mountains of New Zealand.

The Maori word for New Zealand is "AOTEAROA" and for Christchurch is "OTAUTAHI".

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