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These are our photos, many taken by our people, friends and colleagues. Others show what we love best about it here. It's a sampling of our daily lives, taken to give you an idea of what it's like here.

A Canterbury RMO job gives you plenty of time to enjoy the many open, family friendly spaces Canterbury has to offer.A massive version of the Rugby World Cup that was in the fanzone in Hagley ParkOne of the fabulous tramps available within a few hours´ driveMountain biking at one of the great locations around the cityFlowers from outside the house, covered in snow in one of the unexpected snow storms of 2011The Buskers Festival dome in Hagley Park, where the acts performOne of the walking/biking tracks in the fantastic Hanmer Forest
Seafood, like mussels, are a specialtyBiking with the dog through Bottle ForestThe brilliant blue waters of Lake TekapoFarmer´s market produce is available at markets all over the cityIris plants in bloom in the gardensDusk outside the main Christchurch Hospital and Christchurch Women´s HospitalOne of the giant metal flower sculptures in the Botanic Gardens, right outside the hospital - this one on the famous daffodil lawns
No, it´s not Christchurch. But the city is just a few hours´ flight to tropical islands such as Rarotonga (shown here), Fiji, Samoa.... the beaches are calling you!Springtime poppies in a planter box down by the river.One of the potholes caused by the earthquakeA series of round hay bales in the South Canterbury farmlandsLake Tekapo (a few hours drive south) in all it´s winter splendour.A photo of the corner of Christchurch Women´s HospitalThe patchwork quilt of the Canterbury Plains as seen from a hot air balloon ride.
Overlooking Akaroa - a French-inspired seaside town and a popular weekend getaway choice for Cantabrians.
Sea kayaking is a great sport!The view over Christchurch from the Port Hills late in the afternoon/early eveningOne of the spectacular sunsets we see in ChristchurchLooking at Christchurch hospital from Hagley Park, across the road.The iconic Christchurch Art Gallery which has become one of the feature buildings of the cityThe River Avon winds its way through the gardens in springWhale watching in Kaikoura shows you whales, dolphins, albatrosses and so much more...
New Zealand is a great driving countryToetoe are tall native grasses and found along a lot of the coastlineLooking back towards Christchurch city from the suburb of SumnerOne of the many black swans on the water at BromleyA view across the grape vines of one of the fabulous wineries in the Waipara district of North Canterbury - just an hour or so out of Christchurch city.If stomping country/folk/blue-grass music is your scene, local band The Eastern play shows most weeks around the city.The sun setting over Sumner and Scarbrough, from Taylor´s Mistake beach
The world famous Moeraki Boulders - with a great cafe on the beach.In spring, the gardens are flush with colourful blossomsThe pop up container mall where some of the best shopping in the CBD used to be has restarted the heart of the city.In less than a 15 minute drive from the city center, you can find yourself amongst the peaceful Canterbury countryside, faced to face with the locals.Some storm clouds forming over one of the sandy beaches of ChristchurchLocal clubs and entertainment can be found across Christchurch in locations popping up all over the place.The local fish and chips are awesome. Really good fresh fish.
On the ridge of the magnificent Southern Alps in Arthur´s PassTemple Basin ski field has night skiing! Amazing.A walking track on the West Coast towards Mount CookChristchurch Cathedral without its spire after the series of earthquakesA really fantastic rissotto at JDV restaurant in MerivaleGrabbing some lunch in the Restart container mall in what used to be the centre of the city.Incredible tasting cupcakes from a local baker. So good.





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