CHRISTCHURCH As at Feb 2010
Post earthquake comment is in red.
The city (down town) is now a shadow of its former self. The visual destruction by the February earthquake is clear for all to see and there has been destruction on a massive scale. But it is what you don't see that is the real problem. Most brick churches as an example may not survive. Infrastructure damage is massive, with many roads and bridges needing repair. Many residents are still in the dark about their future and understandably upset. But that said, there is an air of undeniable optimism, and the excited anticipation of a 'new' city is gathering strength.
Christchurch is without doubt the most beautiful city/communal environment in New Zealand. From a city perspective the planning that set up Christchurch over 150 years ago now bears fruit that would be beyond Colonel Lightfoot's wildest imaginations.still in use
The name of Christchurch was agreed on at the first meeting of the association on 27 March 1848. It was suggested by John Robert Godley, who had attended Christ Church Oxford. Hence the cultural and culture of the city.
The Cultural Precinct provides a backdrop to a vibrant scene of ever-changing arts, cultural, and heritage attractions within an area of less than one square kilometre. The Arts Centre, the Canterbury Museum and the Art Gallery are located in the Cultural Precinctstill in use
The river that flows through the centre of the city (its banks now largely forming an urban park) was named Avon at the request of the pioneering Deans brothers to commemorate the Scottish Avon, which rises in the Ayrshire hills near what was their grandfathers' farm and flows into the Clyde. The Avon is city feature of note.back in use
Tourism is also a significant factor of the local economy. The closeness of the ski-fields and other attractions of the Southern Alps, and hotelsstill in use,still in use gone a casino, and an airport that meet international standards make Christchurch a stopover destination for many tourists. and still will
From a tourist perspective Christchurch quickly becomes the favoured/preferred and without doubt the city with the lasting memory. Christchurch is that sort of place. A lasting impression is guaranteed. and still will
Christchurch is now New Zealandís third largest city and Christchurch is certainly the capitol of the South Island. The city experienced a severe earthquake in February 2011. This beautiful city was severely affected by the quake and is now in serious re-build mode. and will be for many years to come