On the way to McMurdo, we get to stop in Christchurch for a couple of days. It's a beautiful city in a wonderful country. The devastating earthquake in 2011 has reinvigorated the city. It's re-creating itself and will be even more amazing when all the new construction is done. I stayed in a hotel downtown and really enjoyed it. We had an extra day in town due to bad weather in McMurdo. Lots of time for hikes, walks in the Botanical Gardens, time at the beach and lots of great food.
Relaxing green parks.
Lots of construction going on.
Stone churches were devastated.
Tearing down damaged buildings.
Major damage to the Cathedral.
The ReStart shopping district.
The Rose garden.
The Avon River.
Flower beds in the Botanical gardens.