Akaroa/Christchurch

Anchored in the bay and tendered in to the very picturesque township of Akaroa. Went by a sightseeing shuttle to Christchurch. We then got on the sightseeing tram through the city.

It was devastating to see the damage caused by the earthquakes of 2011 and 2012. The majority of the city centre was destroyed or damaged so severely that buildings have to be demolished.

A couple of interesting new landmarks were the Restart Mall ( shops are now housed in shipping containers)….it was very colourful and a tourist attraction but apparently only temperory. The Cardboard Cathedral was also interesting…designed by the Japanese.

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