Saturday, 4 August 2018

Regions of New Zealand – Canterbury

The mascot of the Crusaders, Canterbury's Super Rugby team


This month's region is Canterbury


Location – You find Canterbury on the right hand side of the South Island.  It's large geographically but less than a million people live there.

Origin of name – I couldn't find anything definitive but am willing to guess that it was named after Canterbury, a cathedral city, in England.

 
Cardboard Cathedral - temporary cathedral
Main Cities – Christchurch.  By far the biggest city in the region. You may recall that Christchurch was hit by 2 big earthquakes in 2010 and 2011.  The city has still not fully recovered – the iconic cathedral has still to be rebuilt.

 
Lake Tekapo & Church of the Good Shepherd
Places to visit – Christchurch (Cardboard cathedral), Mt Cook (highest mountain in NZ), Lake Tekapo, Akaroa, Hanmer Springs, Kaikoura (whale watching)


Famous people from Canterbury

Dan Carter

Charles Upham (double VC), Colin McCahon (artist), Dan Carter (rugby), Hayley Westenra (singer), John Britten (motorcycle designer), Kate Sheppard (suffragette) and Dame Ngaio Marsh (author).


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