We’ve spent the last few days in Christchurch. It was bittersweet. I have always loved Christchurch but it’s so sad to see the devastation, three years on from the earthquakes that destroyed a large part of it. It really hit home to us when we drove around the area we were staying in and saw many houses abandoned or with support struts holding up walls. The city centre which was once a bustling hub is now desolate and broken with huge empty lots.
I think I was one of the lucky ones to see the Cathedral before – unfortunately, I didn’t go inside then and now I will never get that opportunity. It made me feel so sad to see this beautiful building in ruins.
We were really pleased to see how the community has come together and is starting to rebuild. Out of the ruins they have made beautiful artworks. Fences around large dug out areas (where buildings used to be) are decorated, they have made art from the rubble. It’s really amazing.
There is a shopping centre made entirely from shipping containers. Business is going on and people come to see.
We stayed at the South Brighton Holiday Park which was a real old school camping ground. Large sites with plenty of room and a real family atmosphere. Even though their amenities were destroyed by the earthquake, their temporary facilities are excellent. I highly recommend this camp ground if you’re looking for somewhere to relax and enjoy a quiet time. For more photos see the South Island Tour gallery.