Christchurch embraces a lifestyle of dynamic business and education, rich art and culture, exciting cuisines and world-class wines. No matter what you're looking for, you can find it in this world class city.

Christchurch is bordered by hills and the Pacific Ocean, and is situated on the edge of the Canterbury plains stretching to the Southern Alps. It is centred in an area of tremendous geographical contrast.

Summers are generally mild and sunny with low humidity. Blue skies are the norm all year, the city has an average of over 2,000 hours of annual sunshine. Winter features delicate frosts on brittle mornings and clear, calm days. Autumn often has the longest period of settled weather and, for garden lovers, the city puts on an especially fine show in spring.

Much of the city's area has been set aside for parks, natural reserves and recreation grounds. It is these, together with Christchurch's glorious parks and gardens which led it to win an International Garden City Award.

With its compact city centre, huge range of attractions and extensive range of excellent hotels and accommodation facilities, Christchurch is host to many national and international conferences. The purpose-built Convention Centre is linked by airbridge to the city's main performing arts venue, the Christchurch Town Hall. And within a few minutes of the city centre both the the Westpac Arena and AMI Stadium provide multi-purposed venues for major sporting and entertainment events.

A huge range of recreation attractions offers a variety of things to do and see residents can enjoy active or more leisurely pursuits the whole year round.

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