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Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand and the third largest city in the country.
Population: 367,700 (urban area, 2005 estimate)
- Winter afternoon on the Christchurch coast.
- Cathedral Square in Christchurch, with Christ Church in the background.
- The Christchurch Art Gallery
- Garden and Parks; Mona Vale, The Botanical Gardens, Hagley Park, and Riccarton House and Bush.
- Canterbury Museum.
- Ferrymead Heritage Park.
- Orana Wildlife Park.
- Willowbank Wildlife Reserve.
- Air Force Museum.
- Southern Encounter Aquarium and Kiwi House.
- International Antarctic Centre.
- Christ Church (the Anglican cathedral), the centre of the Church of England settlement was built between 1864 and 1910.
- The Roman Catholic Cathedral, consecrated in 1905, is widely considered to be the finest renaissance style building in Australasia.
- Christchurch Art Gallery (A new gallery opened 2003 to replace the 1930 Robert McDougall Art Gallery situated in the Botanic Gardens).
- Historic electric trams, introduced in 1905, ceased operating in 1954, but returned to the inner city in 1995.
- The Christchurch Arts Centre, formerly Canterbury College and the site of "Ernest Rutherford's Den".
- The Provincial Council Chambers, 1857 - 1865.
- The Timeball Station in Lyttelton.
- The New Brighton Pier.
- Heathcote (Christchurch) Gondola.
- The Summit Road along the top of the Port Hills and Godley Head Road provides numerous spectacular views of the area and features the buildings created as wayside rests, the Sign of the Takahe (now a function centre) and Sign of the Kiwi. The Mt Pleasant Trig offers 360degree views from lyttleton harbour back over the hills to the southern alps and the city, and out over pegasus bay.
- Walkways including Victoria Park, the Bridle Path and Whitewash Head, a bird sanctuary.
- Mountain Biking on the Port Hills and Bottle Lake Forest. Christchurch Mountainbiking
- There is a particularly large nesting colony of Spotted Shags immediately south of the city of Christchurch.