Christchurch City, New Zealand

Christchurch - street art

The final part of my mini road trip was Christchurch city. I studied down in Christchurch before the earthquakes and hadnt been down here since. Although it was extremely sad to see so many of the beautiful old buildings gone, the spirit of everyone living in the city and the creativity emerging absolutely blew me away. There are amazing murals, graffiti walls, container shops.##

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One place I loved visiting was the Cathedral – I remember walking past here years ago when my room mates and I would go shopping in the city. To view the Cathedral, you walk through a man made tunnel of flowers and cacti.
Brightly coloured art installations line the gates surrounding the Cathedral (see below).

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The image above (on right) is of the new cardboard Cathedral designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban. You can read more about it here.

Christchurch - street art mural Christchurch container shops

Above is an image of the container shops located in the city centre. This was a 2 story coffee shop with an outdoor area upstairs.
The other thing I loved was the book swap stops dotted around the city. These were recycled pieces of furniture filled with books – the idea is you leave a book and take a book. SUCH a cool idea.

I wish I had been in Christchurch longer, there is so much to explore and see! Until next time…

14 thoughts on “Christchurch City, New Zealand

  1. Ohhh wow good on you! What takes you up there? It’s such an exciting adventure moving cities :)

  2. That would be awesome but I’m moving in just over a week, first to Tauranga then to Auckland. Should be back in Chch plenty so hopefully we can coordinate something!

  3. Wish I’d known you were in my hood, would’ve loved to see you! Chch definitely has a great vibe building, recovering into an amazing, creative city.

  4. Haha yes I know exactly what you mean – go the kiwi ingenuity! The cardboard cathedrel was very cool – ill have to make sure I checkout the inside next time :)

  5. Thank you for the update on Christchurch, I was there 2 years ago, just 1 year after the earthquake and the controversy about the Cathedral was raging with no solution reached. That cardboard cathedral sounds interesting and I loved the container shops, so “number 8 wire Kiwi” if you know what I mean…

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