The ground is definately shaking..
Trip Start Nov 16, 2011
75Trip End Jul 28, 2012
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When you first head into Christchurch you can see that the city was once very pretty with dedicated green spaces and a huge botanical gardens just as the guide books describe, but when you head towards the centre of the city you realise just how devastating the big earthquake has been for the city. There is a designated red zone for the city which is cordoned off to the public
Our bus driver who dropped us off in Christchurch told us that there have been over 7000 earthquakes since September 2011 – January 2012 and then the shuttle driver told us there had been over 10,000 and he actually lives here, it has made the rebuild of the city so difficult for the local people and it will not be possible to finish until the earthquakes stop. The main problem for
When we got to Christchurch we wondered around the city for a bit and firstly we saw the red zone where buildings had smashed windows and some were leaning slightly or were damaged in some way, the place had literally been left as it had fallen( some cafes had chairs outside) apart from
Christchurch botanical gardens were beautiful and untouched by the recent earthquakes just a few footsteps down the road. We had a lovely picnic in the gardens on our second day there and fed the baby ducks which would come right up to you and literally jump in the air for the bread…I have never seen a duck jump before it was really funny.
We got back to our hostel room to start packing at around 3:40 and about 10 minutes after arriving back to our room the building started shaking, it felt very gentle but the building was properly swaying and it took a few seconds for Andy and I to realise we were in a small quake, it was small but big enough for us to feel. The earthquake only lasted for about 30 seconds and there was no damage but it was such a weird sensation.