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Positioned on New Zealand's picturesque South Island, leafy Christchurch is bordered by the majestic volcanic peaks of Port Hills and the crystalline Pegasus Bay. It is a city of heritage buildings, open parkland, and idyllic pastoral landscapes.

Christchurch's most defining urban feature is its colonial architecture. The centerpiece of this is the late 18th-century Christchurch Cathedral, positioned in Cathedral Square. The Square branches out into malls, pedestrian areas, and high-rise offices and is where most of the city's activity takes place.

Christchurch's Cultural Precinct incorporates The Square and a few of its surrounding blocks. The Center of Contemporary Art, Canterbury Museum, and the Arts Center are all within walking distance of one another.

Nightlife in Christchurch happens mainly around Oxford Terrace. Bars and cafés account for most of the action while nightclubs open later in the evenings. Christchurch Casino differs from most in the Asia Pacific for its boutique European flavor, while the cinemas around Cathedral Square cater to everyone in the family.

A hub for travel on the South Island and a launch point for any Antarctic endeavors, Christchurch is served by Christchurch International Airport, 12 kilometers from the city center.

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