Christchurch, also known as the Garden City because of its parks and
botanical gardens, is located on the east coast of South Island and has a strong
English feel to it. It was originally established in 1850 by four ships of pilgrims
from England with the intention of making it a utopia with the perfect blend of
(Anglican) church and state, but the hardships of colonial life derailed the
idealistic beginnings of the city.
The city today has been called "more English than England," and does its
best to draw in tourists. Attractions include the Cathedral Square, home to a
Church of England cathedral, punting on the River Avon, and the Botanic
Gardens in Hagley Park.
Tairua is located on the Coromandel Peninsula, just north of the Bay of
Plenty on the east coast of the North Island. The 584 foot tall volcanic Mount
Paku stands over Tairua, offering a view of nearby islands from its summit.
Tairua Harbor sits at the mouth of the Tairua River and is subject to shifting
sandbars impeding water traffic. This is an estuarine environment that can be
subdivided into "saltmarsh, mangrove, seagrass, and weed communities."
(http://www.ew.govt.nz/PageFiles/11059/TR0852.pdf) The area also appears
to be a vacation spot for New Zealanders.
In my day-to-day internet travels I also came across these articles, unrelated to
I personally found the BBC link extremely amusing :)