Tuesday, October 13, 2009

NZ Locations

Katherine Fochesto

1. Christchurch, New Zealand is located in the Canterbury region of New Zealand. Christchurch was founded by English colonists and was originally named Christ Church, after a college at Oxford University in England. It is has been abbreviated Christchurch since the 1880s and is now the largest city on the South Island of New Zealand and the second largest city in the entire country.
The city is filled with Gothic-style architecture and graystone buildings. Christchurch has been nicknamed "the Garden City" because of the many parks and gardens, such as Hagley Park and the Botanical Gardens, that can be found throughout the city as well as the Avon River, which runs through Christchurch.
Cathedral Square is at the center of the city and surrounds Christ Church, the Anglican cathedral. The area around the square, including the four major avenues of Christchurch, is known as the central business district. This area of the city is also the cultural center where many festivals and cultural arts events take place. The Arts Center, former home of the University of Canterbury, now has many shops, studios and art galleries. The World Buskers Festival attracts thousands of people to the Arts Center every January. The World Buskers Festival is a festival in which 40 artists from around the world perform for the public.
An interesting area of Christchurch is Lyttleton. Lyttleton is located on a harbor and is connected to the center of Christchurch via tunnel. It was originally the port of call for Christchurch and was where the first British migrants landed. Lyttleton has a variety of shops, cafes and restaurants and a Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings.

2. Havelock, New Zealand is a small, coastal village on the South Island in the Marlborough region of NZ. It was named after Sir Henry Havelock during the Indian Rebellion of 1857.
The village is located near State Highway 6 between Nelson, NZ and Bleinhem, NZ. Havelock is often called "the Gateway to the Sounds" because it is located at the head of the Kenepuru and Pelorus Sounds and is close to the Queen Charlotte Sounds. Havelock is also called "The Green Mussel Capital of the World" because it is the world's leading supplier of Green Mussels.
The population of the village was estimated to be only 486 in the 2006 Census which makes it a great destination for those looking to get away from bigger cities. Many tourists visit Havelock for the Mussel Festival, usually held in March.

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