Christchurch has emerged revitalized following the earthquake that devastated much of the Canterbury region in February 2011. The destruction of several landmark historic buildings, such as the Christchurch Cathedral, has led to the development of new city plans, a bold public art programme and innovative use of space, such as a cathedral built from cardboard! The rebuild is an ongoing process and a tour of key spots around the central city provides a first-hand glimpse of the earthquake’s effects and demonstrates how this iconic city is getting back on its feet.
Christchurch’s historical charm and atmosphere has seen it often compared with England. It is also known as New Zealand’s Garden City, with many beautiful gardens open to explore and the surrounding regions have much to offer visitors too.