About Christchurch,Welcome to Christchurch
Christchurch is known also called as city of Gardens because it offers innumerable number of gardens. It is well known for its English heritage, is located on the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island. Christchurch City is the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand. Christchurch City was named after Christ Church, a college at the University of Oxford and was originally known as Christ Church. The name was abbreviated through common usage by the 1880s.
The city is located near the southern end of Pegasus Bay, and rests beside the banks of the Avon River and the Heathcote River. The city is bounded by the Waimakariri River to the north. Founded in 1863, Hagley Park and the 75-acre Christchurch Botanic Gardens are in the central city. Hagley Park is often used for sports such as cricket, netball, and rugby.
Places of interest in and around Christchurch
Scenic Lyttleton Harbour is located right beside the city of Christchurch. It offers spectacular scenery with fascinating Maori and European history. Driving a short distance through the Lyttleton Road Tunnel or over the Port Hills to get to Lyttelton from Christchurch. Lyttleton, still a main port, was once the port of entry for English settlers coming to the new settlement of Canterbury.
Akaroa and Banks Peninsula
Banks Peninsula is a one-and-a-half-hour drive south-east of Christchurch.
The peninsula is the result of violent eruptions from three ancient volcanoes. The spectacular coastline of Akaroa Harbour and the surroundings bays are the legacy of Earth’s fury. Captain Cook sighted Akaroa Harbour in the 1770s. Akaroa is the site of the only attempted settlement by the French in New Zealand.
Orana Wildlife Park
Orana Wildlife Park is a popular attraction for all ages. Wander around the large zoological park, viewing all sorts of birds, reptiles, fish and other animals in a simulated natural environment. View over 400 animals from 70 different species.
The park is set on 80 hectares of park-like grounds, and is New Zealand’s only open range zoo. Watch feeding displays, hand feed a Giraffe, pat a llama and much more! Orana Wildlife Park is located within ten minutes’ drive of Christchurch International Airport and 25 minutes’ drive from the City Centre.There are many parks, gardens, historic houses, museums and other places of interest in and around Christchurch, New Zealand.
NB: Some areas and places in Christchurch are currently closed due to the earthquakes.
Parks And Gardens
Halswell Quarry Park
Orana Wildlife Park
Orana Wildlife park is home to New Zelanlds only gorillas and the country’s only orang – utang. Set in 80 hectares within 15 minutes’ drive of Christchurch Airport, Orana Wildlife Park provides the ultimate animal adventure. We get you up close and personal with the animals. To have more information login to www.oranawildlifepark.co.nz