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Greater Christchurch is a subregion of Canterbury in the South Island of New Zealand. It includes the area around Christchurch, the Waimakariri and Selwyn districts immediately north and south-west of Christchurch respectively, and the scenic Banks Peninsula.

Cities[edit]

Map of Greater Christchurch
Christchurch and Banks Peninsula from space
  • 1 Akaroa – swimming with dolphins in this town with a French heritage on Banks Peninsula
  • 2 Christchurch – the largest city in the South Island
  • 3 Kaiapoi – small town just north of Christchurch
  • 4 Lyttelton – seaport town just over the Port Hills south of Christchurch
  • 5 Rangiora – small town just north of Kaiapoi
  • 6 Springfield – small inland town on the way to the Craigieburn ski fields and Arthur's Pass

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Understand[edit]

On Banks Peninsula Track, which starts and ends in Akaroa

There are many satellite towns surrounding Christchurch that are undergoing rapid expansion, especially since the 2011 Christchurch earthquake. Rolleston was only a small village on the side of State Highway 1 back in the early 1990s; today, the town has a population of over 13,000.

Banks Peninsula is named after Joseph Banks, a naturalist who visited New Zealand with Captain James Cook.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Many people arrive at Christchurch International Airport.

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Some of the bays near Lyttelton can be popular watering holes for Cantabrians. Corsair Bay has one of the nicest beaches in the area, and is a great place to relax on a sunny day.

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Other regions of Canterbury:

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