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Located on the east coast of the South Island, Christchurch is a city of contrasts. Vibrant and ever-evolving it is surrounded by a region of natural wonders.

It is a place where its residents continue to enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle amidst a natural environment world-renowned for its beauty. A growing cosmopolitan ambience also adds a touch of excitement without overt flashiness. Everywhere there is an understated elegance that speaks of times gone by and promises a future where anything is possible.

Christchurch and Canterbury experienced a sequence of large earthquakes during 2010 and 2011. The most damaging of these occurred on 22 February 2011. Most of the damaged buildings in Christchurch and Lyttelton have either been removed or made safe and the city has commenced a significant rebuild process.

Following the earthquakes, Christchurch has re-emerged as a vibrant, ever-changing city. Lonely Planet has listed it as one of the top 10 cities to visit in 2013.

Lonely Planet has described Christchurch as “re-emerging as one of New Zealand’s most exciting cities” and is home to many pop-up cafes, restaurants and bars. A new retail and cafe precinct called Re:START featuring over 30 retail shops built in fashionably presented shipping containers has recently opened in the Cashel Mall area of Cashel Street.

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