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Christchurch, located in the province (region) of Canterbury, is the largest city on the South Island, yet remains a friendly and welcoming city compact enough to easily explore on foot or bicycle.

Following the 2010-2011 earthquakes, Christchurch has re-emerged as a vibrant, ever-changing city that Lonely Planet has listed it as one of the top 10 cities to visit in 2013.

The rebuild of the central city continues but this is a truly unique time to visit the city and witness the changes happening every day.


Population Approximately 350,000
Currency New Zealand Dollar (NZD) = 100 cents
Opening hours Most shops are normally open from 9am to 5pm with bigger malls staying open till 6pm Saturday to Wednesday and 9pm on Thursday and Friday.
Website www.christchurchnz.com
Newspapers The Press (daily regional)
New Zealand Herald (daily national)
Emergency numbers Police, Fire and Ambulance: 111
Tourist information Christchurch i-SITE Visitor Centre
Botanic Gardens, Rolleston Avenue, Christchurch
Open every day 8.30am-5pm
+64 3 379 9629