Christchurch is located on the South Island of New Zealand, and is the most populous city on that island. Known as the Garden City, just about any view overlooking its tree-lined streets and byways will show how green and lively the place it.
While the city's commercial district was once a bustling economic hub, a devastating series of earthquakes in the early 2010's severely damaged the city, which is still in recovery. Nowadays, much of the inner city's functionality has been restored, but there is still work to be done.
However, this doesn't mean that Christchurch isn't a fine place to visit – just looking at how many flights to Christchurch we regularly book for travelers shows that its a popular tourist destination, and for good reason. The city is one of New Zealand's greatest for academia and is home to a broad range of technology companies and startups.
The city's Cultural Precinct is a definite must-see for any traveler visiting South Island. The city's ever-changing culture of arts, music, and heritage attractions all occupy a relatively tiny space within the city. That means that the Christchurch Arts Centre, Canterbury Museum and Art Gallery are all within walking distance of one another, as well as some of the city's most desirable dining and shopping spots.
Christchurch has earned a valuable distinction for having the world's cleanest, purest natural water supply. Travelers who often refrain from drinking tap water in foreign countries will find that Christchurch's untreated, unfiltered water outperforms some nation's bottled varieties.
The city's temperate Oceanic climate gives it mild summers and cool winters. Rainfall is moderate, making the city generally pleasant year-round. The only thing that keeps its atmosphere from perfection is the occasional presence of a wintertime atmospheric inversion layer that traps smog in the city – but strict air pollution laws have mitigated these effects in recent years.