Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island.  It is in the Canterbury Region and the third
most populated city behind Auckland and Wellington.  The Avon River flows through the centre
of the city, with an urban park located along its banks
It is believe that people first settled in Christchurch area in about 1250 and is officially the oldest
established city in New Zealand
The city suffered a series of earthquakes between September 2010 & January 2012 with the most
destructive of them occurring at 12.51pm on Tuesday 22 February 2011 in which 185 people
were killed & thousands of buildings across the city collapsed or were severely damaged.
I was visiting Christchurch prior the the last earthquake on my travels around the South Island.  I
stayed a night after flying in from Auckland and then went by Bus south. I returned to
Christchurch via the Alpine Rail through the Southern Alps and I remember the taxi driver saying
to me hope you dont mind earthquakes. I was nervous all night. My Brother was also in
Christchurch and we met up and I said you would be in big trouble if your hotel got hit in an
earthquake as he was near one of the top floors. As it turns out after the earthquakes hit a
couple of weeks later his building was totally demonished.  I have never been back to
Christchurch until recently when I went on a work visit and sill in 2019 the buildings are still being
demonished or repaired.  It was a very sad sight to see.