Tourists can indulge in swimming with the rare Hector’s dolphins in Akaroa Harbour, visit the famous Mona Vale homestead and gardens, or climb the Port Hills for fantastic ... More views of the city, the Canterbury Plains and the mighty Southern Alps. The myriad facets of Christchurch can also be explored in a historic tram ride or in a gondola.
As the ‘Gateway to the Antarctic’, Christchurch has also significantly contributed to Antarctic exploration—evident in the International Antarctic Centre, where one can actually experience Antarctica.
Christchurch has a temperateclimate, with warm summers and cold winters. The nor’wester, a hot sea breeze that blows ... More in summer, is characteristic to this region, which is also susceptible to smog.
With a population of over 344,100 inhabitants, Christchurch is the largest city in South Island. Its inhabitants are an eclectic mix of European, Asian, Māori and Pacific Islander communities.
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