Over 150 years ago some hardy English settlers scrambled up the steep slopes of the
Bridle Path to the summit of the Port Hills and looked down on their new home, a vast stretch of unattractive muddy swampland. It must have been a discouraging sight after such an arduous journey. Those early settlers would be amazed if they were to stand at the same vantage point today. The swamps have been drained and the water now runs to the sea through two orderly rivers, the Avon and the Heathcote, while houses have filled vast flat areas and are steadily climbing the hills.
Nowadays few people arrive on sailing ships, most fly into . On a fine day they enjoy a panoramic...
Interesting Facts About Christchurch:
2. A weird fact about my city is that the rest of NZ think we are "one-eyed" about our sports teams: not really weird as its true - we know they are the best!
3. A random fact about Christchurch is we have the oldest bridge in NZ. It's in Victoria Square – you will cross it to see the flower clock
4. An interesting fact about my city is one of our local famous women, Kate Shephard, is featured on the NZ ten-dollar note.
5. Our Hagley Park is the 3rd biggest city park in the world ( behind Central Park, NY and Hyde Park, London.
6. Another fun fact is the first coffee shop, jail and post office were side-by-side in Market Place.
7. It's a weird fact (or an interesting one) that by 1900, the Avon River and the weeping willows were featuring on postcards of the city.
8. Although Christchurch is now the biggest city in the South Island, both Lyttelton and Akaroa were bigger than us until about 1860.
9. Christchurch only became a city because it had a cathedral, making it the first city in New Zealand,
10. A random fact is: when exhibitions were in vogue, Christchurch staged the NZ International Exhibition in 1906/7 – according to the programme "good suits made to measure cost 40 shillings"
11. Lyttelton was burned to the ground in 1870
12. Christchurch has been the departure place for the Antarctic for 100 years
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Christchurch's modern airport provides the gateway to the South Island, affectionately known as "The Mainland" by those who live here. It is the third-largest city in New Zealand -- a prosperous place that is home to 370,000 people who enjoy the lowest annual rainfall of any of the four major cities, the greatest temperature extremes, and 2,120 hours...
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