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New Zealand, Christchurch – A City Reborn from the Ashes and Flourishing Again – VIDEO
The largest city of New Zealand's southern island was badly damaged during heavy earthquakes between 2010 and 2012. Still, it has been developing quite fast since. It is worth visiting to see, how a restoration of such a place might look like.
The worst earthquake hit Christchurch on February 22, 2011. 185 people died and thousands of buildings collapsed or were damaged beyond repair. Over 1500 buildins were tore down till the end 2013. So there is a lot of free space. The entire center is very strange. Yet the locals do all they can to renew it. Surprisingly, I enjoyed being there.
Should you like street art and graffiti, Christchurch is the right place to be. I spent a whole day exploring them. I saw onle the largest ones in the city center. Trust me, one more day would be barely enough to see other pieces of this street art.
Visit local Anglican church which is the witness of earthquake destruction. Take a look inside Re:START shopping center built shortly after the earthquake of defunct containers. New Regent Street with colorful Spanish-style houses is one of the most famous streets in the city. Also, you may hop on historic street car which takes you for a ride around the city in.
The botanic garden is one of the most beautiful places in the city. There is a vast collection of local and exotic flowers, a herbal garden, two beautiful rose gardens, and a vast compound to save seeds of different flower species. Also, the local peacock fountain is very famous as well.
Christchurch offers several interesting museums, art galleries, especially The Christchurch Art Gallery housed in an interesting, modern structure, the Canterbury Museum or the Earthquake Museum. Not only culture but the city has been noted for its great cuisine. Be ready to taste some amazing food, coffe, and great New Zealand wine.
Christchurch has often been considered gateway to the southern island. I highly recommend you to spend there a day or two and see the city yourself.
If you are from Europe, New Zealand is one of the most remote places in the world. In the very distant past New Zealand separated from other continents. Today it is situated alone 2000 kilometers from the closest continent – Australia. In the following weeks we are going to discover and explore many beautiful places in Zealand. Let's start by introducing you to the lesser and more "civilized" part of the country. The Northern Island.
Deep fjords, beautiful mountain vallesy, waterfalls, glacier lakes, and wild nature. Fiordland could be shortly described by that. You can find it in the south of New Zealand. There, two popular tourist destinations are situated there – Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound.
Nelson town is one of the oldest in New Zealand. It was the very first town on New Zealand's southern island. Sights, however, are not what is interesting the most about this town. It is the place with most sunny days on the Southern Island. Moreover, it is surrounded by amazing nature. Among the most popular activities are trips to the Abel Tasman national park.
In the last parts of our series we saw several places in the northern island of New Zealand. Now we start exploring the southern one which is larger, wilder, and there are more mountains. It is dominated by the summits of the South Alps especially Mt. Cook, the highest mountain in the country – 3 754 m.
On New Zealand's northern islend, there is a narrow land projection adorned by beautiful cliffs, sand dunes, and the longest beach in the country. It is also one of the most sought after points of interest for tourists. Let's go there and spend there a while.
Are you traveling to the north of New Zealand? Be sure to stop behind Whangarei town with 16 kilometer wide Bay of Island. Nature there is great as well as waterfalls and trips to see dolphins, whales and amazing beaches.
In the very heart of New Zealand's norhter island there is the most active volcanic area in the country. There is high geothermal activity around hte town of Rotorua. You may smell sulphur all around and sulphur steam springs out of the ground on many places. Also you may see bubbling mud lakes, hot springs, and other interesting natural phenomena.
New Zealand is fascinating for its diversity and extremes. Tongariro national park is no exception. Beautiful, pleasant landscape surrounding Taupo lake changes to volcanic desert. Tongariro Alpine Crossing is a 20 kilometer trail which is one of the most popular in the country. Infoglobe brings you closer to this amazing experience.
Both the Hobbit and the Lord of the Ring trilogies were shot on New Zealand. The movies inspired many tourists to come to the country. Many fly in solely to see the film sets. The most famous one is Hobbiton. Today, we make a short trip to introduce it to you.
A mere hour and half southeast from Auckland, there is the paradise for people who love nature and the place which is, according to me, one of the most beautiful of norhtern island's – the Coromandel Peninsula. The peninsula is largely covered with tropical rain forest and beautiful mountains. Let's see it for ourselves.
Have you ever heard of gannets? These blue-eyed sea birds who come unbelievably fast head down right into the ocean to catch their food. I have been always fascinated by them when I saw them in nature documentaries. I managed to get a close look at them on Cape Kidnappers, New Zealand.