Enjoying Post Earthquake Christchurch
The exciting news is that 2016 Christmas shopping will be possible in new central city buildings!
Christchurch is once again a destination city for visitors to New Zealand and there is plenty of activities and great food to enjoy.
Central Christchurch is accessible but reconstruction can mean narrow lanes and diversions depending on what is happening on the day
Here’s a few hints to help you get to CentrePoint on Colombo Motel without too much stress.
From the airport the 9.9km drive is free of road closures, assuming your GPS does not take you into the city central area which is not between CentrePoint on Colombo Motel and the airport!
From the South a GPS should bring you onto Montreal Street to pass through the city centre. One bridge that the GPS system loves (Gloucester St. Bridge) is now closed due to the construction of the new Convention Centre and this causes both GPS units and guests some confusion. The easy way to get here is; once on Montreal Street, stay on it, dogleg around the park and then turn right onto Salisbury St. and then left on Colombo St. to find us. Sometimes the best idea is to turn the GPS off and use a map to save lots of time and frustration.
From the West there are no road closures - but avoid Riccarton Rd if you can due to all day traffic congestion. Using Memorial Avenue from the airport is the non congested way to get to CentrePoint on Colombo Motel.
From the North there are no road closures and you should have a trouble free drive in.
The City Tram now runs on its extended route and the Victoria Street Precinct, only a 5 minute walk away now has some of the most popular dining options in Christchurch as well as Christchurch Casino and other night time entertainment.
From our central location all areas of Christchurch are easily accessible. While not essential, a car would make your stay with us more satisfying – we are a motel after all!
Summer of 2016-2017 is going to be another amazing time to visit Christchurch so come on and fully enjoy the most beautiful city in New Zealand.
So What is Happening in Christchurch?
As of the end of June 2013 the CERA controlled Red Zone fences were removed, the NZ Army went home and we got our city centre back! For the first time in 2 years and 4 months we could walk from the motel entrance, straight down Colombo St. to Cathedral Square. Getting something back, after having it stolen from you in such a way, after such a long time, is an amazing feeling!.. Cont'd....
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3 Wonderful Ways to Visit Christchurch
Christchurch Stopover - 1 night visit
Passing through Christchurch by plane, train or automobile? We offer comfortable motel accommodation where you can refresh for the next stage of your journey. Shuttles and taxis service the airport and train station frequently and And we are only a short distance from the 2 major Intercity bus stops on Lichfield Street and in front of the Canterbury Museum. A selection of the best restaurants in Christchurch can be walked to both close to the Motel and on Victoria Street.
Christchurch Experience - 2 night visit
Stay and enjoy the beauty of Christchurch. From CentrePoint on Colombo Motel, walk to the splendid Botanic Gardens – beautiful year round and then take a Punt on the River Avon from the historic Antigua Boatsheds. Also don't forget to select a sampling of cheeses - by the gram! - at Canterbury Cheesemongers in the Arts Centre for an afternoon or evening snack. Several cafes in this area will allow you to relax and watch time go by. On Fridays and Saturdays there are stalls selling local wares and produce. Nearby Mona Vale and Riccarton Bush, 2 historic Christchurch landmarks are also full of natural beauty, or drive a short distant to the International Antarctic Centre, Airforce Museum, Orana or Willowbank wildlife parks. Time your visit for the weekend - the Riccarton Farmers market, Riccarton Rotary Sunday Market and the Ferrymead Heritage Park are all special parts of Christchurch.
Christchurch and Canterbury Experience - 3 night plus visit
Even pre-quake, many of our guests visited us this way to get the most out of Christchurch and the surrounding Canterbury region. In addition to the Christchurch Experience 2 night visit itinerary, add an unforgettable day trip on the TranzAlpine Train, visit Hanmer (90mins drive) and soak in the hotpools after walking up Conical Hill or take a day trip to Akaroa (70 mins drive) and enjoy walking around the village or taking a Habour Cruise with Black cat Cruises.
Jeff and Naomi look forward to welcoming you to Christchurch
As of the end of June 2013 the CERA controlled Red Zone fences were removed, the NZ Army went home and we got our city centre back! For the first time in 2 years and 4 months we could walk from the motel entrance, straight down Colombo St. to Cathedral Square. Getting something back, after having it stolen from you in such a way, after such a long time, is an amazing feeling!
We celebrated and then got a quick reality check with the Colombo st. Bridge closed for repairs. So much for walking straight down to The Square - we now have to walk around the block till the bridge is repaired. There are also fences closing off some streets in other parts of the central city or surrounding dangerous buildings but generally speaking it is now possible to walk thru the city centre instead of around it.
But, this is present day Christchurch where, as a result of the quakes, 1/2 of the underground infrastructure has to be replaced, meaning roadworks for the next 5 years. There are also still at least a few dozen buildings yet to come down, some of which may take up to a year to demolish. In total, it could be that somewhere between 70% to 90% of the buildings in the central city are demolished. Structurally sound buildings are among them because it's going to be cheaper to rebuild than repair them.
On the other hand, the pace of reconstruction is ramping up in some parts of the city. Closest to us is Victoria St. where the street is lined with new building sites bulging with promise.
Around the central city there is enough to keep visitors busy aplenty and with more restaurants opening all the time things are looking up! The Re:START container mall, Cathedral Square, New Regent St. the Transitional Cathedral, the Pallet Pavilion, are all deserved of a visit in the city centre and further afield the gondola is open and Sumner and Lyttelton are places to visit.
Come visit Christchurch but be patient, the city is definitely still in recovery and the amount of road cones is testament to this. But as long as you visit with the right background information you will be able to enjoy your visit to the Garden City.
A comparison of damaged property & insurance with Japan & Chile;
Some $40b of damaged property - about 20% of NZ's GDP – will be rebuilt. The Japan quake was about 3-4% of Japan's GDP. Insurers will meet 80% of Christchurch losses to date whereas they will meet only 17% of Japan's and 27% of Chile's earthquake losses last year.
Local businesses have done well compared with those in other earthquake-devastated economies. The Canterbury Employers' Chamber of Commerce says 90% of 350 members within the 4 aves are still operating in the city.
These statistics may go some way to explain how “it was a very big earthquake” and why its taking a long time.
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