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Christchurch Cathedral a wonderful old stone building dominates the Square.

Christchurch is one of the most beautiful cities in New Zealand, certainly it is the largest city in the South Island.

The city is built along the lovely Avon River, a wonderful asset to the city, with its willow lined banks and fresh open water ways used by many for punt rides and canooing.

The wonderful old Christchurch Cathedral, beautifully built of stone, dominates the Cathedral Square, a large open paved area in the centre of the city, where buskers perform their arts and a Wizzard spouts out Wizzard like amazing facts to all who listen, many small stalls sell anything and everything, statues and artworks dot the area too. People stroll and sit in the sun and watch the world go by while enjoying a latte.

Once this square was a busy thoroughfare with buses cars and trams and pedestrians all struggling to share the area, now it is a quiet peaceful place for visitors and city dwellers alike to enjoy.

Punting on the Avon River, a wonderful relaxing thing to do.
Several mature trees bring welcome shade on a sunny day and provide a home for the small birds.

The old historical tram runs continuously around circuit of the city and is well used, but not by me as I thought it too expensive!

The ChCh Town Hall, which is in constant use holds lots of great shows with visiting artists, is close beside the Avon River as is the Casino with all its glitz and glamour and winning streaks and loing runs.  Many large Hotels are also built along the banks of the Avon. An Art Centre is near by as are some art galleries displaying local artists work.

 Hagley Park is not too far from the City, it is beautiful at all times of the year, reflecting as it does the changing of the seasons,

 Spring sees millions of spring bulbs bursting into colourful life in profussion,

 Summertime you find many mature shady trees to cool down under,

Autumn brings all the wonder tints of gold and red to the trees, and rustling fallen leaves to scrunch your way through as you walk,

Winter brings its own beauty with the bare branchs of the huge trees on show.

Autumn colour in Hagley park, a feature of the city,a pleasure in all seasons, spring sees millions of spring bulbs.

There is a very good Botanical Gardens within Hagley Park that is worth a half day to look through if your horticulturally minded as I am.

The city is built on the Canterbury Plains so is mainly flat, but there are the Cashmere Hills close by that you can drive up to get a great veiw of the city lights at night.

The main port for the city is Lyttleton which is accessed quickly and easily now days, by a tunnel, it times gone by there was a long steep mountainous drive to get there. Lyttleton is a very busy port supplying most of the South island.

rotorhead85 says:
Haven't been here since 1977 but I'll be back!
Posted on: Apr 28, 2008
reikunboy says:
love the pics Christchurch looks beautiful
Posted on: Apr 27, 2008
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Christchurch Cathedral a wonderful…
Christchurch Cathedral a wonderfu…
Punting on the Avon River, a wonde…
Punting on the Avon River, a wond…
Autumn colour in Hagley park, a fe…
Autumn colour in Hagley park, a f…
Punting on the Avon, the punt goes…
Punting on the Avon, the punt goe…
Wine Chalice statue in the Cathedr…
Wine Chalice statue in the Cathed…
Beautiful fountains at the Christc…
Beautiful fountains at the Christ…
Historial old Warnes Hotel in the …
Historial old Warnes Hotel in the…
Maori Totem Pole beside the Avon R…
Maori Totem Pole beside the Avon …
Historic Tram, runs all day long o…
Historic Tram, runs all day long …
RSA War memorial in the Christchur…
RSA War memorial in the Christchu…
The beautiful River Avon in the ci…
The beautiful River Avon in the c…
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Daffodils
Avon river with autumn tints, flow…
Avon river with autumn tints, flo…
The Bontanical gardens in Hagley p…
The Bontanical gardens in Hagley …
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More Bontanical Gardens Hagley Pa…
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Kayaks cruise down the river with…
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A nice lake in Hagley Park with b…
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Part of Cathedral Square Central …
The old ANZ Bank Building in Chris…
The old ANZ Bank Building in Chri…
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The old Post Office Building with…
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Old Oxford Street in central Chri…
Autumn in Hagley park
Autumn in Hagley park
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