The Garden City, the South Island’s largest city is slowly rebuilding itself after it was hit by a destructive earthquake in February 2011
From the nyt article 52 Places to Go in 2014:
Three years after two large earthquakes devastated central Christchurch, the city is experiencing a rebirth with creativity and wit — thanks to the ingenuity of its hardy residents — and is welcoming tourists back again. Though much of the central city has yet to be rebuilt, entrepreneurs and volunteers are finding surprising ways to make temporary use of empty lots and bring life back to the downtown. The Gap Filler program, begun a couple of months after the first quake in September 2010 and expanded after a more destructive second quake in February 2011, has created an open-air performance space made of blue pallets, a dance floor with coin-operated music and lights, and even a nine-hole mini-golf course in vacant lots across the city. The Greening the Rubble campaign has since the 2010 quake been planting temporary gardens on the sites of demolished buildings. To replace the destroyed 19th-century ChristChurch Cathedral, a magnificent transitional church by the Japanese architect Shigeru Ban opened in August with sturdy cardboard tubes for the roof. Businesses are also trickling back downtown. One bar, built inside shipping containers, has a name that encapsulates the spirit of the entire city: Revival.
|10:31AM||At the airport.|
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Pretty decent bibimbop, though we needed to add a lot of soy and chili sauce.
They’re a thing here.
This 100 year old clock tower miraculously survived the earthquake and is presently being restored.
|5:36PM||At the airport.|
|6:20PM||Had issues at check-in - we were told that we could get our Australian visa fee waived at the check-in counter, but apparently this isn’t the case with JetStar who will happily charge you $30 NZD rather than the $20 AUD the visa actually costs. Yay budget airlines.|
|6:40PM||Grabbing dinner. All of the food here is crap. Just ate a wrap that had plastic eggs in it.|
|8:09PM||Waiting to board.|
|10:01PM||Touch down! -2 hours to Melbourne time.|
|11:35PM||On a skybus for $18.|
|11:58PM||At the train.|
|12:04AM||In a cab.|
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18.2kg l 19.1kg j