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The City | Christchurch

Christchurch is the largest city in New Zealand’s South Island and is referred to as the ‘Garden City’ due to its stunning parks, gardens and tree-lined streets. Christchurch and the surrounding Canterbury Region is a hive of activity where, within two hours of the international airport, you could be bungee jumping, rafting, skiing, hot air ballooning, whale watching or sampling fine wine at the region’s world class wineries.

Christchurch is one of New Zealand’s most active sporting hubs and is renowned for its many sporting heroes and successful sports teams.

In 2018 we are proud to be holding a month-long Golden Oldies Celebration in Christchurch. For the first time ever all 10 Golden Oldies Sports Festivals will be held in one city, over the course of the month. Over 35’s will partake in Netball, Cricket, Rugby, Golf, Softball, Football, Hockey, Basketball, Lawn Bowls and Squash.

Experience the passion and celebrate New Zealand with the Christchurch Casino Golden Oldies Sports Celebration 2018.


Hagley Park

Hagley Park, which dominates central Christchurch, is the hub of much of the city's sporting activity and will be a centrepiece for the Christchurch Casino Golden Oldies Sports Celebration 2018.

Few cities can have access to such a well-used sporting facility in their midst but those who laid out the plan for the settlement of Christchurch could never have envisaged how much of a boost the park would give to the sporting development of the city and the Canterbury region.

Originally covered by scrub and swamp, the Park has developed to the point where it is an integral part of the Christchurch recreation make-up.

The Park is within easy walking distance of the city's entertainment and accommodation hubs in the central business district or suburban Riccarton on opposite sides of the Park. And at its northern end the Merivale entertainment hub is a short distance away. While situated at its southern end is Christchurch Hospital.

Hagley Park has been part of the make-up of Christchurch since its foundation in 1855. It was decreed at that time that it would be reserved in perpetuity as a public park and it should be 'open for the recreation and enjoyment of the public'. The name Hagley Park originates from the country estate of the chairman of the Canterbury Association, Lord Lyttelton.

The Park covers 164.637 hectares (just over 400 acres) and included in its environs are the city's botanic gardens, Canterbury Museum, Football and Rugby fields and the newly-created Test match cricket venue. The opening game of the 2015 Cricket World Cup was staged at Hagley Park.

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