Christchurch // New Zealand

We loved Christchurch! We had some unexpected, additional time there and were very glad that we did. It’s clear that the city is still rebuilding following the 2011 earthquake, but there is culture, ingenuity and New Zealand hospitality around every corner.

We rented bikes and spent a full day touring the sites ending up back at our adorable B&B. The pub attached to the B&B had delicious food, an awesome beer selection and live music. Our kind of place!

Art of all types fills the city while the rebuilding is ongoing.
Art of all types fills the city while the rebuilding is ongoing.
Earthquake Memorial
Earthquake memorial – each chair represents one of the 185 people killed.
The famous cathedral has been walled off since the earthquake.
The famous cathedral has been walled off since the earthquake.
Catherdral area.
The area surrounding the cathedral is bright and colorful in keeping with the post-quake revitalization goals.
Regent Street
Cute Regent Street is full of shops, bars and restaurants.
Pop in for a cold 1
Many streets are in the same state they were on the day of the earthquake.
Closed Street.
Vacancies.
Shipping containers.
Shipping containers have popped up around the city in place of destroyed buildings.
Church.
Another fenced off church that remains untouched.
One of our stops for pre dinner drinks.
A colorful bar with tasty drinks.
The Last Word.
We imbibed in some pre dinner whiskey (Jon) and delicious cocktails (Jaime) at The Last Word. 200+ whiskeys and awesome bartenders.
Whiskey Sampler.
One of Jon’s whiskey samplers.

It was heartbreaking to see the destruction and hear residents’ stories of post quake life, but Christchurch has spunk and character and we look forward to returning. Sadly, it was the last stop on our two+ week adventure and it was time to start the journey home. Until next time, New Zealand!

Airport sleep.
Traveling to/from New Zealand from the East coast of the U.S. is no joke. An airport nap was required.

 

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