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Christchurch is a Coastal City

Aug 17, 2007
Christchurch is the regional capital of Canterbury, New Zealand. It is the largest city in the South Island, as well as the second largest city and third largest urban area of New Zealand. A coastal city, it is situated just north of Banks Peninsula, midway down the South Islands eastern coast.

The city is named after the Christ Church cathedral, which is itself named after Christ Church, a college at the University of Oxford, and the Cathedral of Oxford. The city was originally known as Christ Church, the written form consolidating by the 1880s.

Much of the city being flat and only a few metres above sea level, spectacular views can be obtained from almost any high building. At low elevations the city may appear almost forested with only a few buildings visible, unlike a major city.

Breathtaking, awe inspiring, mind blowing scenery from majestic mountain peaks to the tussock covered Canterbury plains the Canterbury region, stretching from Kaikoura in the north to Waimate in the South, is a huge kaleidoscope of colour, variety and scenic excitement.

Galleries and museums, arts and crafts, culture and history, world championships and club games the variety is endless. Christchurch has a huge range of attractions and activities.

Something thrilling may include mountain biking, bungee jumping, skiing, snowboarding, jet skiing, white water rafting, skydiving, mountain climbing, paragliding and four wheel driving.

Something active may include walking, tramping, hiking, golfing, fishing, sightseeing, whale watching, swimming with dolphins, cruising, diving, horse trekking, motorcycling, kayaking and canoeing.

Something relaxing may include going down the river, star gazing, hot air ballooning, wildlife cruising, wining, dining, eco touring, soaking in the thermal pools and soaking up the culture.

Christchurch has a temperate climate, with maximum temperatures in January ranging from 15 to 25 and maximum temperatures in July ranging from 5 to 15. The summer climate is often moderated by a sea breeze from the northeast. A notable feature of the weather is a hot wind which is known to cause psychological problems such as raised suicide rates, and also occasionally reaches storm force, causing widespread damage to property.

In winter it is common for the temperature to fall below 0 at night. Snow falls occur on average once or twice a year in the hill suburbs and about once or twice every two years on the plain.

Christchurch smog has often exceeded World Health Organisation recommendations for air pollution.The city has funding available to upgrade domestic home heating systems, and in order to limit air pollution will likely ban some forms of fire based heating systems.
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Douglas Scott works for The Rental Car Hire Specialist. and is a free lance writer for The Christchurch Rental Site
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