CWC 2015: Christchurch fact file

Key facts on Christchurch - New Zealand's gateway to the South Island.

Canterbury is New Zealand's largest region

Bordered by the snowcapped Southern Alps in the west and the Pacific Ocean in the east, the region is a playground for outdoor adventures

The Canterbury region is dominated by New Zealand’s highest mountain Aoraki Mt Cook (3,754m) 

Aoraki – the Māori name for Mt Cook – means ‘cloud piercer’

The Aoraki Mackenzie area is a gold-rated dark sky reserve, in recognition of the quality of the almost light-pollution-free skies. It is the southern hemisphere’s first dark sky reserve, and the world’s biggest

Christchurch is New Zealand’s oldest, and the South Island’s biggest city

Following the 2010-2011 earthquakes, Christchurch has re-emerged as a vibrant, ever-changing city brimming with creativity

Christchurch’s Transitional Cathedral is the only cathedral in the world made from sustainable cardboard

The New York Times ranked Christchurch No.2 on its list of 52 Places to Go in 2014

C1 Espresso in Christchurch uses a pneumatic tube delivery system to deliver burgers to diners’ tables. The inspiration came to C1 Espresso owner Sam Croskey while he was watching an episode of the cartoon Futurama

With 740 parks, covering about 3,000ha, Christchurch is known as the ‘garden city’

Rakaia Bridge, at 1.8km, is the southern hemisphere’s longest bridge

With favourable atmospheric conditions over a diverse geography, Canterbury is one of New Zealand’s outstanding hot air ballooning locations

Ancient Māori rock art sites throughout southern Canterbury hold treasured artworks that provide pivotal insights into early Māori culture

Just 75 kilometres (46 miles) from the city of Christchurch is Akaroa, a historic French and British settlement nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano

Akaroa is home to New Zealand’s native Hector’s dolphin – one of the smallest and rarest species of dolphins in the world

Just two-hours by road from Christchurch, Kaikoura is one of the best places in New Zealand to watch whales and marine wildlife in their natural habitat


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