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As someone from Christchurch, this is my cue. I spent six months back there over summer. Sure, things have changed. The CBD is mostly closed off - although that's slowly improving as buildings are demolished and removed. However, life goes on. Businesses have relocated to other commercial zones. Schools share and build new blocks. Bars open up in the ...


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Just to clarify something others have said, the museum isn't actually open at the moment; it was closed a couple of months ago for earthquake strengthening. They are hoping to reopen sometime soon. Other than that, what people have said is more or less accurate. The visitors I've shown around have found the Lonely Planet page someone mentioned above ...


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I second the Riccarton Road recommendation. Although it's a bit pricey, I recommend the Parkview on Hagley. It will run 150-200 per night but it is well located by bars, restaurants, and shopping along Riccarton. Also, it is adjacent to Hagley park. Take a walk through the park, the botanical gardens, take in a rugby match. On the other side of the ...


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If you can stay in or near the new 'SoMo' area - south of Moorhouse Ave, it's the new vibrant post-quake rebuild area. My understanding is that the are some accommodation hostel / guest house spots open nearby. If you're eyeing up motels, then Riccarton Road (Riccarton area) - there are lots in Papanui / Merivale as well but that area has been hit harder. ...


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I have not been in Christchurch since April 22nd 2010. however growing up in the surrounding area and with family still living there hopefully I can offer some help. Christchurch art's centre being inaccessible means the Theatre is no longer operating, the Art Gallery is also closed, there are still some cultural activities on offer, as Mark mentioned the ...


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I was there 6 months ago, but from what I have heard on the news not much changed yet, except that they started to demolish the buildings inside the city. So the city center itself is closed, there is a fence around and you wont be able to get into the city center. The other areas near the city center are pretty depressing, a lot of abandoned businesses and ...



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