3 years on and the city centre is still one big building site. At least parking is not a problem. BUt essentially you can do a tour of the old city centre by yourself in a car within 1 hour: everything worthwhile seeing has been destroyed and is in various states of being demolished.
It will be another 10 years before the city centre is worth a trip. The outskirts however are beautiful. Go on the Gondola, and enjoy the amazing views from there. Go to Lyttleton Harbour, where you can do fun activities New Zealand is famous for. The people are amazingly friendly and, even by Kiwi standards, more relaxed here.
Unfortunately because of the huge rebuild programme there is not a great deal to see. But the experience of seeing it & knowing the task ahead of them to rebuild this city it is well worth a visit & to spend a bit of money to help keep their economy going.
I hope to go back one day to see the end result.
We were so surprised with the earthquake visible effects on the city. The town puts a great effort to both re-build but at the same time give tourists and idea of what happened and a very positive sign that the town wants to get back on their feet.
We were surprised by the peacefulness / quietness of the city, most people spend their time at bars and restaurants and the streets seemed quite empty. There are some good eatery places and the people are really nice. Take toe local tram to visit all around. In sum, it is a place to stop by if you are visiting the south island, but it you have a tight agenda, it's ok to spend just a day here and then get on your way to see this great marvelous country :)
A City suffering as a result of a natural disaster. The World Community must rally together to help with the rebirth of Christchurch, even if it is to be relocated and the existing site left as a memorial to Natural Disasters.
There are so many things to see in christchurch since the Earthquake happened. You can see the locals are so passionate about their city, you have the re-start mall, the art deco on many of the building walls around the city.
the mueseum is very good as well. It's such a brilliant city I would love to see tourists coming back to it again.
The most striking thing about Christchurch is the resilient and creative response to the damage caused by the earthquake - who would have thought of creating a 'mall' out of multicoloured containers!
This town is still in shock of the earthquake and recovering. The botanical gardens and Gondola are really nice to do but apart from that theres not much to do and see in Christchurch.
Its best to stay at near by lake Tekapo or Lyttleton or even Akaroa. Antartic Centre is over-rated. Book tickets trough book-me.co.nz for cheap deals and park an hour for it if you have children 7 years plus.
Show the effects of the earthquake, the big malls, hiking and other activities, Do not use the red bus is very expensive and the cheapest you will find other private buses on Sunday
City is in the midst of rebuilding so there isn't much activities to do in the city centre but do drive around and make interesting discovering about the other parts of Christchurch
We felt so sorry about the damage that the city had from the earth quakes--courageous people !!!The botanical gardens, museum, art gallery and cathedral were a must to visit.
Cafes and eateries were numerous and you had plenty of choice.Will visit again when the work has been completed ??? when.
There is really nothing at Christchurch city itself, due to the earthquake's destruction. Its a great place to get cheap airfares, grab a campervan, motorhome or car from.
There is heaps of rental vehicles and reasonable price. A great place to make a start of your NZ driving trip, or the end of it. There are lots of budget hotels near the airport for late arrivals or early morning departures. Within 30 minutes and beyond there is so much to do outside of Christchurch. Drive to heaps of adventurous and beautiful places. Dunedin 4 hrs on the coastal route, or about the same time to gorgeous Queenstown, even closer 90 minutes is the fantastic Mt Hutt skiing area; great for first time skiers as not superficial or competitive.
The city is very much still I. The rebuilding phase from the earth quakes so it can be very frustrating trying to get around by car Nd taxi and the taxi fares are huge.
We regretted not staying longer because we could not see everything we wanted to. It was disappointing that everthing seemed to open at 10am and close at 5 or 5.
30, which was very limiting. We would also have liked to do the punt on the Avon but arrived at 5.35 and had missed the last boat. It was a beautiful evening and it seemed a shame they did not go for later. After 5pm it seemed the only options were to go to a pub or go back to the accommodation. Evening activities did not seem to be promoted.
Christchurch is still recovering from the earthquake. We enjoyed visiting the Re:Start container mall, Punting on the Avon, and the gondola ride area
Christchurch is a rather sad place to visit since the earthquake. So hard to witness the enormous damage and all the work still needing to be done.
Because of the rebuilding I think christchurch is doing its best, botanic gardens, the coast, double decker bus tour and the people were great.
Christchurch is New Zealand's second-largest city and the gateway to the South Island. The city is in the recovering from the earthquake in 2011.
We were in Christchurch not too long after the earthquake. Devastated to see what the people of Christchurch and surrounds had to live through.
This visit lifted our spirits for the city and people. So much has been achieved and the people still have smiles on their faces. We understand that there is so much more to do, but all we can say, is good luck and keep your chin up.
There is not much to do in Christchurch compared to so many other locations in NZ. It is quite sad how much was destroyed with the earthquake.
We stayed in Christchurch at the beginning and end of our vacation because that is where we flew into. I would only spend one night there because there is SO much to see and do throughout the rest of the south island.
Definitely worth visiting the Botanical gardens, going on the tram and going to the Washington Way Skate park for the die hard skateboarders.
Everyone should visit Christchurch to see how devastating an earthquake can be and how creative humans are as a result of disaster.
I did hear of a tour group that arrived there but didn't know there had been an earthquake and wondered why it looked as it did - tour guides and tourists - do your homework! If you stay in the centre, the first thing you notice are the blank spaces everywhere, the utter destruction of the earthquakes. Then as you look around you discover remnants of old buildings, beautifully designed new buildings being built, the fantastic new Margaret Mahy playground which was packed with people of all ages when I saw it, the newly reopened art gallery, the 'Gap Fillers' - artworks or play spaces set up in the rubble to amuse, delight or inspire e.g. the dance floor complete with mirror ball and lights. You also need to get out into the red zone suburbs to see the enormous parkland that now exists where once there were houses - only the trees remain. The cafés and shops in Christchurch are multiplying all the time and the food, bars that I went to were excellent. Go there and be part of the recovery of Christchurch - especially if you enjoy the arts!
Christchurch was refreshing. the best English food to be had. just a freshness about it. people took pride in their gardening.
this was key to my observance in all the areas visited. people had a air of inclusivetity. helpful and friendly. proud to be a cantabrian.
check out the container shopping mall - very interesting concept and shows the resilience of the people of Christchurch!
Christchurch has good sight seeing places eg. the Mt Hull, Atorowa and easy to go to other towns in the NZ South Island
Everything is expensive after earthquake but understandable. Learning lesson for result of destructive earthquake,
Still recovering from the earthquake. While the gardens and museums are operating, it's lost its city centre.
Unless you are interested in earthquakes, fly in and move on to the stunning scenery further south!
Christchurch will need many years to recover. The community needs to work together to get their city back.
I was here as a single person and had to come back to see the city after 30 years.
Christchurch, has many interesting places of visit especially Mt Hutt, atorowa and close to Queenstown
a beautiful city fallen down by earthquakes. the building up is amazing, fast growing, and exciting.