Average Temperature

Christchurch Average Temperature

Graph view of average temperatures by month for
Christchurch, New Zealand

Table view of average temperatures by month

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual

Min and Max represent the coldest and warmest average months on record.

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Facts Other Than Average Temperature
Climate Detailstemperate with sharp regional contrasts
BackgroundThe Polynesian Maori reached New Zealand in about A.D. 800. In 1840, their chieftains entered into a compact with Britain, the Treaty of Waitangi, in which they ceded sovereignty to Queen Victoria while retaining territorial rights. In that same year, the British began the first organized colonial settlement. A series of land wars between 1843 and 1872 ended with the defeat of the native peoples. The British colony of New Zealand became an independent dominion in 1907 and supported the UK militarily in both World Wars. New Zealand's full participation in a number of defense alliances lapsed by the 1980s. In recent years, the government has sought to address longstanding Maori grievances.
Coastline15,134 km
Terrainpredominately mountainous with some large coastal plains
Geographic Overview
Geographic Coordinates41 00 S, 174 00 E
Elevation Extremes
Natural Hazardsearthquakes are common, though usually not severe; volcanic activity
Current Enviornmental Issuesdeforestation; soil erosion; native flora and fauna hard-hit by invasive species
Environmental Agreements
Agriculture Productsdairy products, lamb and mutton; wheat, barley, potatoes, pulses, fruits, vegetables; wool, beef; fish
Natural Resourcesnatural gas, iron ore, sand, coal, timber, hydropower, gold, limestone
Population4,173,460 (July 2008 est.)