Day 1. Christchurch

Trip Start Jan 29, 2014
Trip End Feb 02, 2014

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Where I stayed
Christchurch Top 10 Holiday Park
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of New Zealand  , South Island,
Thursday, January 30, 2014

We left the van and caught the blue metro bus to the city. We weren't really prepared for the enormity of the earthquake devastation and the randomness of damage. Some structures such as multistorey car parks and building complexes appeared virtually unscathed from our view but were fenced and abandoned and apparently waiting for demolition.
Even Christchurch Cathedral; looking at it from some angles looked relatively unscathed but is the saddest sight from  other views and we were told a recent high court ruling has agreed total demolition and rebuild is the only feasible way to go .

A critical shortage of building materials was not enough to daunt the spirit if the locals
when it came to revitalising the destroyed city centre following the deadly
February earthquake.
 Re:START, The pop-up mall was created It began with 27
retailers and now features 41, including four banks. Encouraging  retailers and visitors back into the inner city,  it is made up of shipping containers, all vibrantly and uniquely configured to give an amazing fresh outlook to an otherwise very sad metal fenced  landscape. 
 While at the Re-START village we met The Wizard of New Zealand.  It's no use me trying to describe the aforementioned man. Best you read about this remarkable character on wikipedia!
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Yassrock on

Thanks for the update. Can you post a pic of the van? Xx


Looks like your having a lot of fun. Keep the photoS cominG.

Lynne on

Adversity does seem to bring out the best in us south of the equator. You would make a good bus conductor Beth. xoxox

Greg and Mary on

Hi Beth and Russ,

Thanks for including us in your blog. Very sad to see the devastation but the strength and creativity of the population is inspiring. Enjoy your trip and keep us in the loop.

Erica on

Hi Beth & Russ, great photos, interesting to see how the retail industry has bounced back, big shame about the cathedral, it was a nice building and loved the wizard, thought for a moment it was Gandalf :)

Robyn on

I love how positive and creative and resilient they are!

Peter D Norman on

Beth & Russ, great to have you sharing your NZ adventure on TravelPod ... definitely the way to go. Keep up the blog and the photos. Cheers, Pete & Anne

Elaine on

Great, amazing views of Christchurch, still so much damage. Sad start to your hols

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