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NZ 2016 – Day 2 - Christchurch – Part 4 – Wandering around

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Christchurch Wandering

I didn't have a lot of time to get back to the hotel before I was due to meet the tour group, but I just took my time wandering back to the hotel along Worcester Boulevard to Cathedral Square.


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NZ 2016 – Day 2 - Christchurch – Part 3 – Gondola Ride

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The day before I had bought a gondola ticket as part of the Punting & Tram tickets. I also purchased shuttle bus tickets so that I could get there quickly. The shuttle bus left from the front of the i-Site every hour.

I had some time to kill before the next bus was due to depart, so I did a quick wander around the Canterbury Museum and got some chips for lunch in the café. I then waited out the front of the Museum for the shuttle bus. I was the only one on the bus!


Once at the top of the gondola, the views were really worth it - I would definitely recommend it to anyone that likes views over cities.




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NZ 2016 – Day 2 - Christchurch – Part 2 – Rebuild Tour

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Rebuild Tour

Before I left home, I booked a ticket on the Rebuild Tour, as I wanted to get a local's insight into how things had changed and to see the major sites that had been rebuilt since the earthquakes.


I had some time to spare, so I headed to the Cashel Street Re:START mall for some brunch and ended up having a german sausage with onions. Yumm.


Cambridge Terrace

The bus took us along Cambridge Terrace where we were able to see the new Deloitte building and another building under construction. These buildings both had new earthquake technology for their foundations, which allows the buildings to move should a substantial earthquake occur in the future (minor ones occur on a daily basis). I was able to see the 'shock absorbers' that are used.


Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament

Our first stop was the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament (also known as the Christchurch Basilica).
Opened in 1904, the cathedral was the mother church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Christchurch. The cathedral was damaged during the 2010 earthquake and was closed. It was further damaged during the 2011 earthquake when the belltowers fell. (information from Wikipedia)
It was really sad to see this building damaged the way it was. I would have loved to have gone inside prior to the earthquakes to see how great it was. Our guide told us the domes were actually lying in the middle of the road outside the church after the 2011 earthquake.
Apparently a drone was sent through the building to determine how badly damaged it was, and apparently, it wasn't nearly as bad as they had thought. I hope they can rebuild.


Madras Street

We headed to Madras Street, where there was a building I was sure I saw in 2013 that had been a theatre on the corner of Asaph St. I can't find the name of it, unfortunately. Looking back through my photos, sure enough, I found it, but now the back half has been demolished and only the façade remains.


Further along Madras Street we came to lots of open areas, that had once been buildings, and were either now car parks or construction sites.


185 Chairs

When I stumbled on these chairs in 2013, I didn't know what they were, and I thought it odd. Now that I know it is a memorial to those that died during the 2011 earthquake, I understand it better.
"An art installation reflecting on the loss of lives, livelihood and living in our city following the earthquake of 22nd February 2011. The individuality of each chair pays tribute to the uniqueness of each person represented." Sidedoor

CTV Building

"The CTV Building was the headquarters of Canterbury Television (locally known as CTV) and other companies. Located on the corner of Cashel and Madras Streets in Christchurch Central City, in New Zealand. It became one of the symbols of the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake after 115 people lost their lives when the building collapsed during the disaster; the deaths made up about 60% of the earthquake's total fatalities." Wikipedia


Transitional (Cardboard) Cathedral

This cathedral was still under construction when I was here in 2013, so it was great to be able to see the finished building and to be able to go inside. It was designed by Japanese architect, Shigeru Ban, "known for his innovative work with paper, particularly recycled cardboard tubes used to quickly and efficiently house disaster victims." Wikipedia
"The building rises 21 metres (69 ft) above the altar. Materials used include 60-centimetre (24 in)-diameter cardboard tubes, timber and steel. The roof is of polycarbon, with eight shipping containers forming the walls. The foundation is a concrete slab. The architect wanted the cardboard tubes to be the structural elements, but local manufacturers could not produce tubes thick enough and importing the cardboard was rejected. The 96 tubes, reinforced with laminated wood beams, are "coated with waterproof polyurethane and flame retardants" with two-inch gaps between them so that light can filter inside. Instead of a replacement rose window, the building has triangular pieces of stained glass. The building serves as a conference venue as well as a cathedral." Wikipedia


Bangor Street Area

This area used to be residential housing, however, as a result of the 2011 earthquake and the resulting liquefaction, all the buildings have since been demolished, and the land can no longer be used for buildings. I feel sorry for the people who lost their homes here and have had to move elsewhere.


Margaret Mahy Family Playground

This playground is open 24/7 and is massive. We only got a glimpse out of the bus window, but it looks like lots of fun for all ages!


Victoria Clock Tower / Diamond Jubilee Clock Tower

Built in 1897 for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, it has moved around the city a few times. It was damaged during the 2011 earthquake but appears to be fully repaired now.


Christchurch Provincial Buildings

These buildings were unfortunately badly damaged during the earthquakes, and temporary repairs are the only works that have been completed.


General Construction Sites

This is a fairly typical sight in Christchurch!


Tour Map

This is the map of where the tour went

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NZ 2016 – Day 2 - Christchurch – Part 1 – Punting

Punting on the Avon

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When I was at the i-Site the day before, I got a ticket for punting on the Avon. As they couldn't book me a seat, they said to get to the boat sheds before 10am to see if I could get an early seat.

Getting there

I left my hotel about 8:30 and started to make my way slowly towards to boat sheds.


I headed down Cashel Street,


Walked along the river,


And waited for the boatsheds to open.


I got to the boatsheds about 9am and got myself onto the first punt of the day leaving a bit before 10. This meant I had about an hour to kill so I wandered around the area.



At 9:40 we headed off - there was me, and one other girl. Turns out she was also from Sydney and was doing a bus tour as well, but only the south island. We figured we would probably be on the same bus tour!

The cruise down the river went for over an hour and was nice and leisurely. The punt driver (is that what they're called???) knew the river well and pointed things out to us along the way. It was only about 10 degrees on the river, so I'm glad I had my jacket.

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This is the map of where I walked and the punting

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NZ 2016 – Day 1 - Christchurch – Overview – August 2016

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Today was my first day in New Zealand (on this trip - I had been here previously in 2013) and I spent it in Christchurch. It was partly cloudy, and a lovely 7C / 44F.
I went saw:
• Avon River
• Construction around the city
• Arts Centre
• Botanical Gardens
• Christchurch Art Gallery - Te Puna o Waiwhetu
• Cathedral Square
• Christchurch Cathedral
• Isaac Royal Theatre
• Tramway Lane & New Regent Street
• Old Government Buildings (Heritage Hotel)
• Cashel St Re:START Mall
• Bridge of Remembrance
• Mumbaiwala Indian Restaurant
A great first day!
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Airport Transfer Map


Walking Map


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