Five Years On – Post-Quake Christchurch on the Rise

In February 2011 the devastating Christchurch earthquake caused widespread damage and produced around 400,000 tonnes of silt in New Zealand’s second most deadliest natural disaster. Five years on and Post-quake Christchurch is now funky, creative and innovative.

CHRISTCHURCH - DEC 08 2015:Aerial view of Christchurch city center new skyline.In 2011 earthquake the city were badly affected with damage to buildings and infrastructure killing 185 people.

CHRISTCHURCH – DEC 08 2015:Aerial view of Christchurch city center new skyline.In 2011 earthquake the city were badly affected with damage to buildings and infrastructure killing 185 people.

Like a bare canvas with so much promise – creatives are filling empty urban spaces in amazingly innovative ways with unique brightly coloured sculptures and artworks, while builders and architects are remoulding the skyline on the sites of demolished buildings.

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International tourism numbers are skyrocketing, hotels struggle to keep up with demand and airlines are offering extra flights into the city.

Although a large amount of damage is paramount in the CBD, many beautiful landmarks have been preserved such as the Isaac Theatre Royal, Antigua Boat Sheds, Christ’s College, New Regent Street and Victoria Square all standing pride of place in their superb original state.

CHRISTCHURCH - DEC 07 2015:Cafe restaurant in New Regent Street. Christchurch's beloved New Regent Street is reclaiming its place as a one of the most popular shopping and visitor destination

CHRISTCHURCH - DEC 08 2015:People Punting near the Punting boat shed on the Avon river Christchurch.It is an iconic tourist attraction of Christchurch, New Zealand.

CHRISTCHURCH – DEC 08 2015:People Punting near the Punting boat shed on the Avon river Christchurch.It is an iconic tourist attraction of Christchurch, New Zealand.

CHRISTCHURCH - DEC 07 2015:Builders builds a new building in Christchurch.Over 1000 buildings in the CBD (Central Business District) were demolished following Christchurch earthquakes

CHRISTCHURCH – DEC 07 2015:Builders builds a new building in Christchurch.Over 1000 buildings in the CBD (Central Business District) were demolished following Christchurch earthquakes

New regent street has now re-opened and with a fresh coat of paint in pastel shades is looking even more exotic than before. It is one of the best examples of Spanish Mission style architecture and one of the most beautiful streets in New Zealand.

CHRISTCHURCH - DEC 07 2015:Tram pass on New Regent Street. Christchurch's beloved New Regent Street is reclaiming its place as a one of the most popular shopping and visitor destination

CHRISTCHURCH – DEC 07 2015:Tram pass on New Regent Street. Christchurch’s beloved New Regent Street is reclaiming its place as a one of the most popular shopping and visitor destination

 

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On the outskirts of the earthquake-ravaged Red Zone you can find a great example of pop-up innovation – a plaza of stores and restaurants made from brightly coloured shipping containers aptly named Re:START.

CHRISTCHURCH - DEC 04 2015:Re:START. It's a popular temporary mall built from shipping containers created in response to 2011 Christchurch earthquake, which destroyed most buildings in City Mall.

CHRISTCHURCH – DEC 04 2015:Re:START. It’s a popular temporary mall built from shipping containers created in response to 2011 Christchurch earthquake, which destroyed most buildings in City Mall.

 

CHRISTCHURCH - DEC 06 2015:Re:START. It's a popular temporary mall built from shipping containers created in response to 2011 Christchurch earthquake, which destroyed most buildings in City Mall.

CHRISTCHURCH – DEC 06 2015:Re:START. It’s a popular temporary mall built from shipping containers created in response to 2011 Christchurch earthquake, which destroyed most buildings in City Mall.

These pop-up businesses made up of recycled materials are apparent in all corners of the city. Cool container bars such as the The Revival Bar on Victoria St combine recycled materials, shipping containers, colorful lights and furniture made out of suitcases.

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Vivid street art and sculptures are on display around the city providing bright spots in areas dotted with demolition and construction sites. Artists from all over the world are coming together this month to create public artworks in the city centre with the aim to create a completely immersive 3D experience that let you feel as though you are standing inside the artwork.

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Cyclists are naturally attracted to the city’s flat and easy to navigate terrain. A strikingly beautiful newly opened bus interchange includes some innovative features such as a bike-lock area, electric charge points for electric bikes and stackable parking, making the city even more bike friendly city.

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While the earthquake damage is still largely apparent, this only adds to the eclectic mix and makes for more interesting landmarks for visitors to view, with most large tourist companies concentrating their guided tours on these landmarks.

CHRISTCHURCH - DEC 04 2015:People Punting on the Avon river Christchurch.It is an iconic tourist attraction of Christchurch, New Zealand.

CHRISTCHURCH – DEC 04 2015:People Punting on the Avon river Christchurch.It is an iconic tourist attraction of Christchurch, New Zealand.

The Christchurch Cathedral is still one of the most photographed tourist attractions in the city, although now for a different reason – not for its grand beauty but for its delipdating appearance. Overgrown grass surrounds the structure which now has an immense hole in the front with steel beams added for support.

CHRISTCHURCH - DEC 07 2015:Christchurch Arts Centre.Following 2011 Christchurch earthquake the complex closed and require major repair work estimated at NZ$290m, will open again in stages till in 2019

CHRISTCHURCH – DEC 07 2015:Christchurch Arts Centre.Following 2011 Christchurch earthquake the complex closed and require major repair work estimated at NZ$290m, will open again in stages till in 2019

 

CHRISTCHURCH - DEC 04 2015:Christchurch Botanic Gardens visitors centre.The garden contain plants from all around the world including Asia, North America, Europe, South America and Africa.

CHRISTCHURCH – DEC 04 2015:Christchurch Botanic Gardens visitors centre.The garden contain plants from all around the world including Asia, North America, Europe, South America and Africa.

Nearby, a new Transitional Cathedral has been built to replace it. The structure has become known as the “Cardboard Cathedral” due to its recycled building materials and is hailed by some as the most important new building in New Zealand.

CHRISTCHURCH, NZL - DEC 04 2015:The Heritage Rose Garden in Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand. It has a selection of rambling heritage roses that delight in the summer months.

CHRISTCHURCH, NZL – DEC 04 2015:The Heritage Rose Garden in Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand. It has a selection of rambling heritage roses that delight in the summer months.

There is so much to see in Post-Quake Christchurch. On the rise again, Christchurch is a transitional space that is radically transforming its skyline, progressing through an entrepreneurial can-do attitude that is embedded in New Zealand’s society and will once again look unrecognizable again five years on.