Christchurch, New Zealand

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Hope and destruction after the Christchurch earthquake. by Mr JT

Christchurch’s CBD is a mixture of destruction, construction, colourful art, shipping containers, new architecture and stunning green gardens. The empty plots where buildings once stood give this place a haunting feel, but the art strewn throughout the city – street and within the art gallery, leaves you feeling inspired, believing in the sense of hope and a new start for this city.

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Some of the many repurposed shipping containers in Christchurch. by Mr JT

Explore

CBD Street Art – an unexpected surprise was the vast amount of impressive street art found throughout the city. These pieces add a new lease of life to the destruction that’s still evident as a result of the devastating 2011 earthquake.

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Owen Dippie – elephants. by Mr JT

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Fluro and Oche – We Got the Sunshine. by Mr JT

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Artist – Gary Silipa. by Mr JT

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Artist – RONE. by Mr JT

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Artist – Jacob Yikes. by Mr JT

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Artists – Andrew J Steel and Jacob Yikes. by Mr JT

Christchurch Art Gallery – the exhibitions on show combine every genre of art practice and some in a sensory way – with smell and movement. We highly recommend visiting.

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Michael Parekowhai – Chapman’s Homer. by Mr JT

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Martin Creed – EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT. by Mr JT

Canterbury Museum – the highlight in this museum was the walk through the nineteenth century Christchurch street – simply looking in shopfront windows and entering the stores, taking a step back in time. The Antarctic exploration exhibition is another must see.

Cathedral Square – the central  public space considered to be a focal landmark within Christchurch since the 1860s.

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ChristChurch Cathedral. by Mr JT

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ChristChurch Cathedral amidst restore. by Mr JT

Re:START Mall – shipping container mall in the centre of the city. The shipping containers have been converted to stores and food outlets.

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Brightly coloured Re:START Mall. by Mr JT

Christchurch Botanical Gardens – beautiful place to explore.

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Avon River runs through the Botanical Gardens. by Mr JT

Hagley Park – stroll or run through Christchurch’s biggest park covering over 160 hectares.

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185 white chairs representing the lives lost in the 2011 earthquake. by Mr JT

Eat

King of Snake – popular modern Asian dining within Christchurch.

Roots Restaurant – for the curious and diners who favour Chef’s Table, this restaurant features a variety of produce that New Zealand offers.

Lower 9th Diner – the shakes are good.

Stay

We recommend a choice of the available CBD hotels or an apartment through Airbnb.

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Christchurch Tram. by Mr JT

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