After seeing so much beauty throughout the South Island of New Zealand, it was a bit of a contrast to arrive in Christchurch. We’d heard the center of the city had been leveled by an earthquake in 2011, but we didn’t really grasp what that meant until we got there. Buildings were in rubble and most of the city was under construction. It’s a hard thing to see.
But there were some lovely parts of the city that survived or had been rebuilt and we had ourselves a really nice two days there. If you find yourself flying through Christchurch, don’t just pass on through. Give it a shot (and some of your tourism dollars) and it might surprise you.
See Cathedral Square
ChristChurch Cathedral was destroyed in the earthquake. They are in the process of rebuilding, but half the building is still in rubble. There are art installations all around the ruins, though, which makes it a bit more hopeful.
Eat and shop at Re:Start
Re:Start is an outdoor mall/food court housed in shipping containers. The whole place is brightly colored and fun to walk around. The food is great (including a lot of Asian street food) and the shops are cute.
Visit the Botanic Garden and Hagley Park
Play ping pong
Go to the Tree Museum
After nearly a month in New Zealand, Christchurch was a good place to come back to reality a bit. We weren’t entirely ready to move on and away from this amazing country, but we knew we’d given it its due. We left much unseen, though, so we promise we’ll be back.