Christchurch is a city of immense contrasts. Whilst the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes have left a permanent mark on the city, they have added a whole new dimension to New Zealand’s most cultural city. Lonely Planet rated the city as one of the top 10 cities to travel to in 2013.
Christchurch is rising from the rubble and reinventing itself as a green city. A new cargo culture of pop up bars, restaurants and coffee shops has taken hold. The Re-start Container mall has transformed the site of Cashel Mall into an exciting new retail and dining precinct.
Fabulous quirky street art can be found on many of the vacant spaces throughout the city. Many installations are temporary and there is a sense of constant change as the demolition and rebuilding continues.
Exploring Christchurch's heavily damaged red zone by foot or by traditional punt ride on the Avon River is a must as it enables visitors to experience the sheer scale and impact of the earthquakes.
Many of the 19th century buildings, majestic trees, extensive gardens, bridges and meandering paths are still there and a number are in the process of being repaired. The city is reinventing itself as a Green City at an estimated cost of NZ$2 billion which is expected to take at least 10 years.