Christchurch Photo Gallery
Christchurch's airport is quite small, and it was a quick exit to the buses heading into the city.
Christchurch Cathedral's spire was destroyed in the quake and a huge section collapsed. It is still cordoned off and the church has temporarily re-located several blocks away.
A few blocks away, behind a lovely park, the Transitional Cathedral is now used for services. Cardboard tubes are the major structural elements here.
Redevelopment looked a bit more promising across the river, with new glassy lowrise offices coming up nicely.
Canterbury College is undergoing renovations with most buildings closed off. The project is expected to finish by 2019. The university moved to the suburbs long before the earthquake, and this site became an arts centre.
In this part of town, the pace of redevelopment looks a bit better. Hopefully these new buildings can fill up.
My short tour of the city centre was over, but with some afternoon light left, I headed to the beautiful bus station for the short ride to the gondola, hoping to catch the sunset.