New Zealand 2014 – Day 5

20.07.2014 – Today we continued our journey to Christchurch. This places holds much memories for me. I still remember the former glory of Christchurch before a magnitude 7.1 earthquake in 2010 and a magnitude 6.3 earthquake in 2011 destroyed most of the buildings.

The earthquake brought down many buildings damaged the previous September, especially older brick and mortar buildings. Heritage buildings suffered heavy damage, including the Provincial Council Chambers, Lyttelton’s Timeball Station, the Anglican Christchurch Cathedral and the Catholic Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. More than half of the buildings in the central business district have since been demolished, including the city’s tallest building, the Hotel Grand Chancellor.

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Walk through Christchurch Park
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Seems like the Earthquake did not happened
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One of the buildings that withstood two earthquakes and still remained intact
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One of the many buildings that are still cordoned off for reinstatement works
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Rebuilding of the arts centre, clock tower and college hall
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Trams are operational now
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The once majestic cathedral has now been reduced to ruins
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The city square which used to be bustling with people are now deserted
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Shops are relocated to the make shift containers, renamed as START Mall

After a gloomy tour of the damaged city, it is time for our dinner and our first taste of NZ steaks. We decided to visit ‘Lonestar’ one of our all time favorite when i was staying in Wellington.

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Lone Star Artisan Loaf

We were sat down by the waiter and they recommended us their specialty bread loaf. Honestly, we were hesitant. However, after a taste of the bread, it was really fantastic. Unfortunately, it filled our stomachs too much. I ordered the lamb shank while hubby had his Rockin’ Ribeye steak. The portion is far too big and we even had a soup and mussels as appetizer. By the end of our dinner, we were almost crawling out of the restaurant due to our heavy stomachs.

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Lamb Shank
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Warm Cosy interior of the restaurant

Restaurant: Lone Star

Address: Cnr Waimairi & Riccarton Roads, Christchurch

Price Range: NZD 25 to 40 for mains

 

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