Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand and the seat of the Canterbury Region. The Christchurch urban area lies on the South Island's east coast, just north of Banks Peninsula. The Avon River flows through the centre of the city, with an urban park located along its banks.
Christchurch is rated Sufficiency by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network (GaWC) which evaluates and ranks the relationships between world cities in the context of globalisation. Sufficiency level cities are cities that have a sufficient degree of services so as not to be overly dependent on world cities.
Christchurch has a population of over 363,926 people. Christchurch also forms part of the wider Christchurch metropolitan area which has a population of over 394,700 people. Christchurch is the #297 hipster city in the world, with a hipster score of 2.6551 according to the Hipster Index which evaluates and ranks the major cities of the world according to the number of vegan eateries, coffee shops, tattoo studios, vintage boutiques, and record stores per 100,000 city residents.