Christchurch after the earthquake: risen from the rubble

Three years after Christchurch was devastated by earthquake, the New Zealand city is getting back on its feet. We take a look at what’s new and what has reopened

Three years on from the earthquake that killed 185 people, Christchurch, New Zealand, is on the road to recovery. There are now 20 hotels up and running in the city centre, including Hotel 115 (, doubles from £62), a 30-room boutique hotel that opened in December. A new five-star hotel, the city’s second, is set to open in July (Hotel Montreal on Cranmer Square).

The Victoria Street bar scene is thriving, with newcomers such as Revival (, below), made from old shipping containers and including a hair salon. New Regent Street is bustling again, and the much-loved Vespa bar ( has reopened on High Street in the rebuilt Strange’s building.

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