Christchurch, with a population of about 375,000 (the same as Wellington and about a third as many inhabitants as Auckland, which has the nation's largest gay pride celebration, over three weeks in February), is the largest city on New Zealand's South Island and that part of the country's center of gay and lesbian culture. The picturesque "Garden City" hugs the island's east coast, just north of the Banks Peninsula - it's a green, leafy city with a temperature climate, beautiful parks, and a growing arts and cultural scene.
Likewise, Christchurch Gay Pride is a growing event, although it experienced setbacks following the devastating earthquakes of 2011, the event has been going strong the past couple of years. This year, Christchurch Gay Pride Week moves to a new time: March 18 thru March 26, 2016.
Christchurch Pride Week comprises seven days' worth of parties and events, including art exhibits, lectures, gay bingo, "rough trade" bears party, sleaze party, Women's Star Show Party, fantasy ball, Queer Fair, and Pride Walk.
Christchurch Gay Resources
Have a look at the helpful Express website (the largest GLBT newspaper in New Zealand), the useful website GayNZ.com, and the Christchurch site Rainbow Tourism New Zealand. Also take a look at the excellent travel site produced by the city's official tourism organization, Christchurch & Canterbury Tourism.