Christchurch city centre

9 01 2015

Although I have been into the centre of Christchurch many times in the past it is in a state of constant change since the September 2009  and the subsequent  February 2011 earthquakes. A good place to start a visit to the centre is in Hagley Park as that gives three hours free parking. From there I made a loop around part of town observing the empty spaces where buildings once stood and ongoing building activities. The reconstruction is taking longer than I would have expected but that’s probably because I once lived in Shanghai for some years and the rate of construction there was enormous.

The rose garden in Hagley Park is always worth visiting at this time of year and has the added benefit of a short multicache.

Hagley Park rode garden

Hagley Park rode garden

Other than that most of the city centre is either in ruins or being rebult. There are lots of empty spaces so photographs of the city don’t really have a lot to show other than damage.

Christchurch Cathedral: Where the scafolding is there used to be a spire

Christchurch Cathedral: Where the scafolding is there used to be a spire

Giraffes are appearing all over the place

Giraffes are appearing all over the place

Plenty of art turning up and Christchurch's first LPC!

Plenty of art turning up and Christchurch’s first LPC!

185 white chair located on a completely demolished site to signify the number of people who lost their lives in the last quake

185 white chair located on a completely demolished site to signify the number of people who lost their lives in the last quake

The chair is made of broken pieces of china and is quite amazing.

The chair is made of broken pieces of china and is quite amazing.

Details of the china mosaic

Details of the china mosaic

In addition to the standard urban micros there were a few rather creative micros, a few small caches and the odd couple of regular sized letterbox caches. Of course, I always managed a couple of DNF’s but that’s not unusual with urban caches.

One of a few creative caches in Hagley Park

One of a few creative caches in Hagley Park

Another creative cache in Hagley Park.

Another creative cache in Hagley Park.

I am certain I will be back in town again in a few days time but next on the agenda is a walk in the Port Hills.

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