Visiting Christchurch’s Earthquake Recovery
By Viator, June 2015
Despite the chaos, however, the largest city on New Zealand’s South Island has managed to stand up and rebuild, and tours are available to the inquisitive public who want to learn more about the event.
On the tours which discuss earthquake recovery, passengers ride in open-air buses and first learn the history of the city pre-earthquake. The drama of the event is tragically retold, and visitors learn of the seismic formations which have rendered the city so prone to large shakes.
Despite the somber subject, however, these earthquake tours focus on efforts being taken to effectively rebuild the city. New technologies are aimed at creating sturdier buildings, and the massive re-build has allowed the city to enact a master-plan for a renewed downtown.
In the interim, tours will also explore the projects which have sprung up along the depleted “red zone”. Street art and urban gardens have provided temporary life, and surrounding suburbs such as Riccarton and Hornby have seen an increase in business as the city spans out. More than just gloom and recovery, however, many of the tours which explore earthquake zones also make stops in areas such as Sumner, a coastal suburb of trendy cafes which sits on the shore of the city’s best beach.
While the earthquake undoubtedly leveled a heavy blow to tourism, the resilience of the residents has ultimately remained. These sightseeing and earthquake tours focus on the future of Christchurch, and are a symbolic twist on the ways the city is rising from the depths of its piles of rubble.
Tours & Tickets
Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hrs