See how the resilient nature of the human spirit has helped bring the Gateway to the South Island back to life.
In September 2010, the beautiful city of Christchurch in New Zealand's South Island was rocked by a magnitude 7.1 earthquake that caused significant damage to the region. Fortunately, no one was killed.
However, nearly six months later in February 2011, a second earthquake struck the city. This time the results were catastrophic, and 185 people tragically lost their lives.
More than 2 years later, Christchurch is still recovering from that day. Despite this, it has quickly re-emerged as an exciting and vibrant tourism destination, and has recently been named as one of the top 10 cities to visit by Lonely Planet.
One of the biggest reasons for this has been the unique Re:START container mall. In the wake of the earthquakes, a variety of big name brands and local favourites have set up new stores in shipping containers in the heart of the city.
Originally intended as only a temporary solution, the Re:START project has proven so popular that many locals are now calling for it to remain a permanent installation.
One part of Christchurch that survived the earthquakes intact is the world famous Christchurch Botanical Gardens. Covering more than 21 hectares and containing stunning plant life, garden art and horticultural displays, the Christchurch Botanical Gardens is a fantastic place to get some landscaping ideas, to say the least!
Christchurch is also a fantastic choice for anyone looking to embark on a more extensive journey throughout the region. With a wealth of nearby skiing, hiking and surfing locations, adventure seekers will have plenty to keep them occupied.
If you are looking to take an exciting and unique journey in 2013, why not visit Christchurch and see for yourself how the resilient nature of the human spirit has helped bring the Gateway to the South Island back to life!