A Christchurch man has been charged with three rapes and a series of sexual connections with young teenagers.

The 21-year-old, who has interim name suppression, was due to appear at Christchurch District Court this morning.

However, he was granted a registrar's remand without having to appear before a judge.

He was bailed to appear in court on May 6.

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The man faces 11 charges - three of rape and eight of sexual connection with young people, including 13 and 14-year-olds - between March 22, 2013, and October 30, 2015.