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Located on the edge of the Canterbury plains, Christchurch is the largest city found on the South Island's east coast. The city acts as a major tourism hub as travellers use Christchurch as a stepping off point for touring the South Island and as a gateway for travel to Antarctica. As a tourist hub, the city boasts a wide range of Christchuch tours, offering something for everyone.>
One-eighth of the city is comprised of public parks and recreation grounds, earning it the nickname of the 'garden city.' But parks are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Christchurch's natural beauty - beaches, mountains and picturesque New Zealand countryside can all be found within an hours drive of the city.
In 2010 and 2011 Christchurch experienced two earthquakes that caused much damage to its high-rise buildings. Parts of the city's iconic Christchurch Cathedral were also sadly destroyed during the natural disaster and reconstruction remains a work in progress. Though some sections of the city are still cordoned off, much of Christchurch has returned to normal and locals are welcoming tourists with open arms.
Away from the city centre buildings, Christchurch shows little sign of its recent tumultuous events. The picturesque Avon River remains serene as always. Traditional punt boat rides down the river are a must-do for all visitors to Christchurch. While the city's English past is quite obvious, Christchurch is also a modern town with a burgeoning café and arts culture. The city's maze of hidden laneways have been urbanised to include an array of trendy eateries and innovative boutiques. Riverside restaurants boast some of the island's freshest seafood and outdoor markets and art galleries continue to flourish.