CHRISTCHURCH

There is nowhere else in the world where, within two hours of an international airport, you can ski at a world-class alpine resort, play golf, bungy jump, raft, mountain bike, hot-air balloon, wind surf, whale watch and visit internationally-acclaimed wineries and gardens.

Christchurch is New Zealand’s second-largest city and the gateway to the South Island. Bordered by hills and the Pacific Ocean, it is situated on the edge of the Canterbury Plains that stretch to the Southern Alps.

The Central City and some eastern suburbs have suffered earthquake damage but the city as a whole continues to operate. Innovative local business people have created thriving entertainment, education and business hubs on the outskirts of the Central City.

Part of Christchurch’s central business district remains cordoned off from public access, including Cathedral Square. This area will re-open in stages during 2012 as remedial work is completed.