Story: Canterbury region

Christchurch

Christchurch

Canterbury is dominated by Christchurch, the largest city in the South Island. It grew to serve a large rural hinterland and maintains strong connections with its farming roots. Known as ‘the garden city’, it became famous for its parks and green spaces, including Hagley Park (foreground). The city suffered severely in the earthquake of 22 February 2011, and many of the buildings shown in the centre of the city were demolished.

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John Wilson, 'Canterbury region - Overview', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/10292/christchurch (accessed 23 April 2019)

Story by John Wilson, reviewed & revised 6 Jul 2015