This weekend the 1st annual New Zealand Sandcastle Competition was held at New Brighton beach in Christchurch.  32 teams competed.  Most of the teams were from New Zealand, but 2 of the teams were from the USA.  The event was very popular. 12,000 people came to see the castles.

Sandcastle Competition

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See more photos in the slideshow below.