The autumn of 2012 has been spectacular in Christchurch, with a series of sunny warm days to show off the changing leaf colours. Now, in late autumn, the leaves are disappearing fast. Sunrise is 7.30am, and sunset 5.20pm, and the average daily maximum for this time in May is about 15C, falling to 12C by the end of the month.
Hagley park is 164 hectares of parkland in the centre of Christchurch. It contains mature woodlands, gardens but also has a cultural focus. Canterbury Museum, an Art Gallery, a golf course, netball courts, soccer and rugby grounds are within its boundaries, and the Avon River meanders through it. Most of these photos were taken in the 21 hectares of Botanical Gardens, on 12 May 2012.