Christmas in Christchurch New Zealand is celebrated in the summertime when the national Christmas tree, the pohutukawa, is in full bloom. A classic Kiwi pavlova garnished with fresh red berries and raspberry coulis. Fish and chips on the beach, or a backyard BBQ. Lots of people in Christchurch take advantage of the beautiful weather and go camping with caravans, tents or own a kiwi bach with the kiwi uniform being shorts, jandals and tea shirts. Most of the shops are shut as its a public holiday.