2010-10-25 18:59


Getting there
Christchurch Airport is a major international and domestic travel hub just 20-minutes from the city centre.

There are also excellent ferry, train and road links, with some spectacular views in particular on the TranzAlpine rail service, which travels between Christchurch and Greymouth.

To get to the stadium, it is easier to make use of public transport, as it's quite a long walk from the city centre. There are shuttles, as well as a hop-on-hop-off tram which go right to the stadium.

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Located on the east coast of the South Island, Christchurch is a city of contrasts.

It is a place where its residents continue to enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle amidst a natural environment world-renowned for its beauty. Maori oral history suggests that people first inhabited the Canterbury area about a thousand years ago.

These first inhabitants were moa-hunting tribes and these were followed by the Waitaha who are thought to have migrated from the east coast of the North Island in the 16th century. This migration was joined by the Ngati Mamoe and Ngai Tahu and continued until about 1830.

The first European landed in Canterbury in 1815, 45 years after Captain James Cook sighted what he named “Banks Island”, later found to be a peninsula.

In 1840 the first Europeans settled on the plains and whaling ships were operating out of Lyttelton by 1850.

During 1850-1851 the first organised groups of English settlers, the founders of Christchurch, arrived on the ‘first four ships’ into Lyttelton Harbour.

Christchurch became a city by Royal Charter on July 31, 1856, making it officially the oldest established city in New Zealand.

Canterbury’s economy was built on primary products and Canterbury has long been recognised as living “off the sheep’s back”. Although its economic beginnings were in refrigerated sheep and dairy meats and in other dairy products, Canterbury now has a diversified regional economy with growth across a range of “new economy” sectors.

Internationally famed as ‘The Garden City’, Christchurch’s well-established expansive parks and public gardens owe much to the planning and foresight of the city’s founding fathers.

The centrally-located 161 hectare Hagley Park, the Botanic Gardens, the four leafy inner-city avenues, Victoria Square and spectacular gardens such as Mona Vale on the banks of the River Avon bear testimony to this legacy. It is a vision which is embraced and perpetuated today by proud residents right throughout the city.

The city also offers whale watching, tram tours, wildlife cruises and a host of other outdoor activities, including rafting, hot air ballooning, skiing and climbing.

Christchurch is home to Super 14 outfit The Crusaders, formerly the 'Canterbury Crusaders', a team made up of players from the Buller, Canterbury, Mid-Canterbury, South Canterbury, Tasman, and West Coast provincial rugby unions.

The Canterbury Rugby Football Union represents the city in New Zealand's annual professional domestic rugby union competition, the Air New Zealand Cup.

Cricket is also widely followed in Christchurch, with the local Canterbury Wizards pulling large local support.

Christchurch Tram. (Tourist board)



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