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Cathedral Square, Christchurch, New Zealand

JNL

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I visited Christchurch in late December and took these photos in Cathedral Square. It's a bit of a local meeting place (especially by that ugly cone thing in the first pic) and it definitely has it's own character.

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Fish and chips - the classic New Zealand takeaway (=takeout?) food. Note Starbucks has spread its evil roots here (sorry Starbucks fans).

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This photo shows the cathedral the square is named after.

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These people are playing or watching a game of chess. Police car in background.

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Free shuttle bus that loops around the city

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I took these last two photos while on a pedestrian overbridge above Colombo St.

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JNL

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A bit more about Christchurch...

Location
Latitude: 43° 31 Mins, 48 Secs South
Longitude: 172° 37 Mins, 13 Secs East.
East Coast, South Island, New Zealand
Area: Christchurch City: 45,240 Hectares (=175 square miles)

Climate
Temperature:
Mean Daily Maximum: Jan 21°C, July 10°C
Mean Temperature: 11.6°C
Mean Daily Minimum: Jan 12°C, July 1°C
Mean Annual Maximum: 32°C
Mean Annual Minimum: -4°C

"Internationally famed as ‘The Garden City’, Christchurch’s well-established expansive parks and public gardens owe much to the planning and foresight of the city’s founding fathers.

In 1996, Christchurch was acknowledged as the outstanding garden city from 620 international entries and in 1997, was judged Overall Winner of Major Cities in the Nations in Bloom International Competition to become ‘Garden City of the World’

Maori oral history suggests that people first inhabited the Canterbury area about a thousand years ago.

The first European landed in Canterbury in 1815, 45 years after Captain James Cook sighted what he named "Banks Island", later found to be a peninsula.

In 1840 the first Europeans settled on the plains and whaling ships were operating out of Lyttelton by 1850.

During 1850-1851 the first organised groups of English settlers, the founders of Christchurch, arrived on the 'first four ships' into Lyttelton Harbour.

Christchurch became a city by Royal Charter on July 31, 1856, making it officially the oldest established city in New Zealand.

Canterbury's economy was built on primary products and Canterbury has long been recognised as living "off the sheep's back". Although its economic beginnings were in refrigerated sheep and dairy meats and in other dairy products, Canterbury now has a diversified regional economy with growth across a range of "new economy" sectors."

from www.christchurch.org.nz
 
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Are you sure that's not some German city. ;-)

Nice clean buses, spotless streets and sidewalks, enormous public squares....It screams Europe to me.












Very nice pics. must visit the another side of the planet one of these days.
 

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Thanks for the pictures. Visiting the South Island of New Zealand is a long-time dream of mine. Maybe one day.
 

JNL

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Population of Christchurch city is about 316,000.

Yes indeed Rumpy, Wellington is built on a fault line.

You can see it in this photo:

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I have gone over the fault line in red. Wellington city (where I live) is circled in green (popn about 165,000) and Hutt city (where I work) in blue (popn about 95,000).

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For more info on earthquakes in NZ check this thread:

http://www.cyburbia.org/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=8250
 
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I remembered some show I saw, probally on discovery, travel, or the history channel, that was talking about the destruction that would occur if an earthquake hit that city. I think they were also retrofitting the parliment building there in case of a massive earthquake.
 

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The Municipality of Hutt: That even sounds like a Hobbit metropolis :)

(Sorry, I know you guys are probably tired of LOTR jokes).
 

JNL

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No I like LOTR jokes :)

There is Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt, and then the councils were joined to form 'Hutt City', but the locals just call the area 'the Hutt'. I don't know where the name 'Hutt' comes from though...

And there was quite a bit of LOTR filming done in 'the Hutt'
 

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mendelman said:
Are you sure that's not some German city. ;-)

Nice clean buses, spotless streets and sidewalks, enormous public squares....It screams Europe to me.

I was thinking almost the same thing. Except for the church architecture, which reminds me of old Scotch Presbyterian, the square looks like it's straight out of Vienna or in some Swiss city.
 

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The one skyscraper with the modernist box design in the lower floors and the weird neoclassical pediment-thingies at the top-really, really strange :)

You know, your town needs to elect as mayor someone with a name like James Able or something. Then he could be "Jabba the Hutt"

(I am soooo bad!)
 

JNL

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BKM said:
The one skyscraper with the modernist box design in the lower floors

Which one?

Jabba the Hutt... ha ha :p

And, I am definitely not a Hutt chick! (sorry Hutt chicks) That would mean I would be into heavy metal, black jeans, Doc boots, drinking like a fish, and most likely a petrol head . Fortunately I grew up in a nicer area (ooh I'm a snob!) and the only thing I have in common is the petrol-head part :-}

I never thought about the Hutt thing until now, but I guess it is kinda weird... I get to say "I'm off to work in the Hutt"
 

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The fourth picture from the top-the really weird mid-rise behind the Victorian building.

O/T: I like heavy metal, myself, and I am still a terrible snob :) (BUT! (This is a big but) I like EUROPEAN heavy metal, which means I am probably damned but am definitely not into big hair and cheesy MTV videos from 1985 :)
 

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Ohhhh, EUROPEAN heavy metal, well that's ok then...

The 5th picture from the top? ;)

Yeah that is very weird, not sure what's up with that!
 

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JNL said:
And, I am definitely not a Hutt chick! (sorry Hutt chicks) That would mean I would be into heavy metal, black jeans, Doc boots, drinking like a fish, and most likely a petrol head . Fortunately I grew up in a nicer area (ooh I'm a snob!) and the only thing I have in common is the petrol-head part :-}

Petrol Head?

The first thing that popped into my mind was someone who sniffed gas (petrol) fumes. Not that I'd condemn what may be a very popular Kiwi pastime. ;-)
 

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They have chess hooligans who need to be watched in NZ?

Yes, police are cracking down on this at the moment, in response to an outbreak of antisocial behaviour by chess-playing hooligans. And then there's the rabble-rousing Monopoly players - major problems there!! I take it you have different crime issues in your part of the world? ;)
 
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