Christchurch: The Garden city

Christchurch: The Garden city

Christchurch: The Garden city
Sandeep Nepal

Christchurch is the largest city on the South Island of New Zealand and the seat of the Canterbury Region. It is the second-most populous city in New Zealand after Auckland. 

It is also known as Garden City because of its beautiful and award-winning parks and gardens. Agriculture is the historical mainstay of Christchurch's economy. The University of Canterbury and Lincoln University are Christchurch's top universities.

 It is home to the fourth-largest school in New Zealand, the co-educational state school Burnside High School.

The climatic condition of Christchurch

Christchurch has a temperate oceanic climate with a mild summer, cool winter, and regular moderate rainfall. Under the Köppen climate classification, Christchurch has an oceanic climate. Summer in the city is primarily warm but is often moderated by a sea breeze from the Northeast. 

Like many cities, Christchurch experiences an urban heat island effect; temperatures are slightly higher within the inner city regions compared to the surrounding countryside

Main attractions of Christchurch

Christchurch is one of five 'gateway cities' for Antarctic exploration, hosting Antarctic support bases for several nations. Tourism is a massive factor in the local economy as well. 

The proximity of ski resorts and other Southern Alps attractions, hotels, a casino, and an international standard airport make Christchurch a tourist stopover destination. The city is popular with Japanese visitors, with Japanese signs around Cathedral Square. 

There is no shortage of things to do here and in the nearby areas, such as bungee jumping, skiing, Whitewater rafting, mountain biking, windsurfing, whale watching, and more.

Christchurch is a distinctly English city. However, it contains various European elements, with robust Gothic Revival architecture. As early settlers of New Zealand, Māori culture is also prevalent in the city. It features many public open spaces, parks, river beds, and cafés and restaurants in the city centre and surrounding suburbs.

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