November 1, 2009 - January 10, 2010
A long, long time ago Christchurch was a suburb of Lyttleton, because Lyttleton was founded first and for a few decades the bigger place. Now it is the otherway around. Because Christchurch has grown into a city of 400,000 it has absorbed what were once independent villages and founded new suburbs. We lived 12 km (7 miles) from the center in Sumner; even further out our way is Taylor's Bay.
Our impression is that most of the people in Christchurch live in single-family homes, although apartment buildings are easy to find. The single-family homes range from modest old cottages without central heating to the most modern, all facilities glass buildings.