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Christchurch  is the most English city in New Zealand and its second largest.  Stretching over 500 acres, Hagley Park is a focal point for the city and has been since as far back as the 1850's, helping give the city its nickname of "The Garden City".  With a population of over 350,000 Christchurch is the international gateway to the South Island.  Located on the east coast of the South Island, it is a place where its residents enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle amidst a natural environment known for its natural beauty.  A growing cosmopolitan ambience adds a touch of excitement without overt flashiness. Christchurch suffered a massive earthquake in February 2011 and they are still in the process of rebuilding.

One of Christchurch's trams.

The Avon River divides the city in half.  Walking tracks follow the river banks or you can hire a punt & drift through the Botanic Gardens.  A tranquil way to spend an afternoon!

Photo by Kieran Scott

Photos courtesy of Tourism New Zealand

The International Antarctic Centre, located at the airport, is the working Antarctic campus & flight base for the U.S., Italy & New Zealand.  Antarctica is only a 7-hour flight from Christchurch.

The visitors centre offers a look at what life is like in Antarctica.  You can experience conditions at Scott Base, view blue penguins & take a hair-raising ride on a Haggland snow cat .

The TranzAlpine train runs between Christchurch & Greymouth on the west coast & gives visitors amazing views of the Southern Alps.

At Arthur's Pass, a stop on the way through the alps, you may see the pesky Kea - the only alpine parrot.  They love to strip the rubber off windshield wipers!

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