A few weeks back I booked a last minute trip to Christchurch to stay with one of my friends, Rebecca who lives down there, as well as exploring the city – Christchurch has always fascinated me and knew I needed to visit city at some point, so when I found out the weather at the weekend would be good I couldn’t resist!
For those of you that don’t know too much about Christchurch, I will give you a bit of a background, from what I know! Christchurch is a city located in the South Island of New Zealand, in 2011 a 6.2 Magnitude Earthquake hit the city at around 1pm, destroying the lives of 185 people. 7 years on and the city is still struggling to come to terms with the disaster and create a lively city again.
Most buildings that were affected by the earthquake have been knocked down leaving just an empty space of gravel in it’s place. There are a few buildings that are still left after the destruction, and you can really see how badly some buildings were ruined. I found this so moving.
Slowly they are adding parts to city to attract more people; one thing I loved particularly was the 185 white chairs to remember everyone that had lost their lives that day. Someone as young as 5 weeks old died.
After exploring the city in the morning, we drove to the Gondola which is located in the Port Hills – the views from the top are amazing and a must if your in Christchurch. You can also drive to the top of the hill and complete a few walks which go around the hills – or if your feeling fit, you can walk from the bottom to the to the top of the port hills.