Photos taken in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Christchurch (/ˈkraɪstʃɜːrtʃ/; Māori: Ōtautahi) is the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand and the seat of the Canterbury Region. The Christchurch urban area lies on the South Island’s east coast, just north of Banks Peninsula. It is home to 381,800 residents, making it New Zealand’s third most-populous urban area behind Auckland and Wellington.
The city was named by the Canterbury Association, which settled the surrounding province of Canterbury. The name of Christchurch was agreed on at the first meeting of the association on 27 March 1848. It was suggested by John Robert Godley, who had attended Christ Church, Oxford. Some early writers called the town Christ Church, but it was recorded as Christchurch in the minutes of the management committee of the association. Christchurch became a city by Royal Charter on 31 July 1856, making it officially the oldest established city in New Zealand.
The river that flows through the centre of the city (its banks now largely forming an urban park) was named Avon at the request of the pioneering Deans brothers after the Scottish River Avon, which rises in the Ayrshire hills near what was their grandfather’s farm and flows into the Clyde.
The usual Māori name for Christchurch is Ōtautahi (“the place of Tautahi”). This was originally the name of a specific site by the Avon River near present-day Kilmore Street and the Christchurch Central Fire Station. The site was a seasonal dwelling of Ngāi Tahu chief Te Potiki Tautahi, whose main home was Port Levy on Banks Peninsula. The Ōtautahi name was adopted in the 1930s. Prior to that the Ngāi Tahu generally referred to the Christchurch area as Karaitiana, a transliteration of the English word Christian. The city’s name is often abbreviated by New Zealanders to Chch.
Why visit Christchurch
I visited in early 2014 when the effects of the recent earthquakes were still very visible. There wasn’t a whole lot to see and do, and I ended up staying only for a short while. Still managed to snap some decent photos, but overall, it was a pretty dead town. I don’t know what it’s like today. Do your research before you visit.
Photos of Christchurch
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The beach was nice and quiet.
The botannical gardens were one of the few places that were still intact, and to be fair, they were quite nice.
Random walls filled with graffiti brought some color into the mostly empty streets.
The car park for a destroyed bar where everybody parked to visit the bar around the corner.
All photos: © Dick Hoebée All rights reserved