Christchurch is the largest city in New Zealand's South Island, and the country's third-largest urban area. It has a population of about 380,000.

Christchurch has a dry, temperate climate, with mean daily maximum air temperatures of 22.5 °C (72.5 °F) in January and 11.3 °C (52.3 °F) in July.

Agriculture has long been a mainstay of the local economy, with tourism another very significant element. The closeness of ski-fields and other attractions of the  Southern Alps, and hotels, a casino, and an airport that meet international standards make Christchurch a favourite stopover destination for many holidaymakers. Christchurch is popular with Japanese tourists, with signage around Cathedral Square in Japanese.

When you are looking for hospitable, stylish Christchurch hotels, look no further than Millennium & Copthorne Hotels.

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Popular attractions

Canterbury Museum

Visit the Canterbury Museum in Christchuch.

Botanic Gardens

Enjoy a scenic afternoon in Christchurch's Botanic Gardens, featuring plants, flowers and trees from all over the world.

International Antarctic Center

Take the whole family for a day out to the International Antarctic Centre, which features penguins, rides and other educational tools.