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Christchurch: Up-top the Cathedral.

It’s been over a year since the February 2011 earthquake claimed lives, destroyed many homes and businesses and caused extensive damage in the heart of Christchurch, the CBD and to the famous Christchurch Cathedral. 😦

I shared some pics of the Christchurch Cathedral that I took a week before the quake in New Zealand: The Christchurch Cathedral. Down below are some pics of my time up-top the Cathedral in the stone bell tower (spire).

A look to the south. You can see Cashmere and Port Hills and other mountains and hills off in the distance.

Christchurch, New Zealand - Cathedral views

Straight ahead is Worcester Street and points west. In the bottom left where the umbrellas are you can see a market in the heart of Cathedral Square.

Christchurch, New Zealand - Cathedral views

A better shot of the market where souvenirs and other small items were being sold.

Christchurch, New Zealand - Cathedral views

Looking out towards the northeast.

Christchurch, New Zealand - Cathedral views

Starring out towards the north down Colombo Street.

Christchurch, New Zealand - Cathedral views

Looking up-top towards the top of the tower from one of the balconies outside.

Christchurch, New Zealand - Cathedral views

The top of the tower from inside. I didn’t reference specific buildings because I’m not sure which ones are still standing or are badly damaged.

Christchurch, New Zealand - Cathedral views

The spire is long gone and Christchurch Cathedral as a whole is in the process of being deconstructed to a safe level. Earlier in the year for a short time they allowed people in to say their goodbyes to a national icon. A temporary “Cardboard Cathedral” will serve until a time when a new Christchurch Cathedral can be built. The city center is still closed.

The rebuilding in Christchurch will be in full swing before you know it and the town will be better than ever because of the resolve, heart, passion and friendliness of their people. I can’t wait to get back there. Some links to more resources on what’s currently happening:

More information on the Cardboard Cathedral.

Christchurch Cathedral – official site.

Aerial photos comparing CBD and other areas last year to now.

Up-to-date coverage on Christchurch Earthquake 2011.

Photo of the Week: The Ultimate New Zealand Meal for Travelers.

The V and a meat pie. Does it get any better than that?!

The V energy drink is the most popular by far in New Zealand and comes in six flavors. It’s my favorite energy drink anywhere. Meat pies are basically minced meat and gravy. You’ll find them filled with things like peppers, mushrooms and cheese. Both are readily available at gas stations and dairies. They fly off the shelves due to their iconic status and deliciousness.

The photo is the V (went with original) and pepper steak meat pie that I consumed while taking a break on the lawn of Cranmer Square in Christchurch.

The V Energy Drink, meat pies, New Zealand

The Pines Beach in New Zealand.

You can never visit enough beaches in New Zealand. On this day, the choice was The Pines Beach.

The Pines Beach - Christchurch, New Zealand

The beach sits right outside Kaiapoi and just north of Christchurch on Pegasus Bay. The beach is within a nearby village of the same name. The Pines Beach village got its name by being around both a beach and a pines-based forest.

Looking to the south you can see Christchurch and further back the Port Hills.

The Pines Beach - Christchurch, New Zealand

There is lot’s of room to surf, swim and walk the coastline. A panoramic shot.

The Pines Beach - Christchurch, New Zealand

It was a relaxing, quiet and warm day looking out into the Bay and further out, the Pacific Ocean.

What is your favorite beach around Christchurch and/or along Pegasus Bay? In New Zealand?

Christchurch: Hitting Up Sumner Beach

Sumner Beach, a part of Christchurch in New Zealand, is a popular spot for locals and tourists that sits seaside along the east coast. It is a short drive or bus ride from the Christchurch CBD.

Christchurch, New Zealand - Sumner Beach

It’s so sad to hear about the cliff collapses and damage to homes, commercial buildings, Shag Rock and more from the earthquakes. The photos below are from a week before the February 2011 earthquake.

To go by bus from the CBD, just hop on a Metro Bus – Route 3. When approaching Sumner Beach and the village you immediately see all of the homes in the hills.

Christchurch, New Zealand - Sumner Beach

Sumner Beach is a great place to take walk along the esplanade, go (wind) surfing, swim safely, or just chill and take in the scenery. A lot of people say it has a Mediterranean seaside feel to it.

Christchurch, New Zealand - Sumner Beach

Christchurch, New Zealand - Sumner Beach

Looking to the west, you can see the Southern Alps off in the distance. The only thing missing from this view is the Christchurch skyline, which you can see from the right vantage point and on a good weather day.

Christchurch, New Zealand - Sumner Beach

A stony outcrop formed of volcanic rock dominates the area and beach landscape, highlighted by Cave Rock.

Christchurch, New Zealand - Sumner Beach

Christchurch, New Zealand - Sumner Beach

Christchurch, New Zealand - Sumner Beach

Some up close shots of Cave Rock. People can go inside the cave and explore during low tide.

Christchurch, New Zealand - Sumner Beach

Christchurch, New Zealand - Sumner Beach

Climbed on top of Cave Rock and got this shot towards the east.

Christchurch, New Zealand - Sumner Beach

Sumner Village has shops, cafes and small eateries. It definitely has the cozy, small town feel. Always wanting an iced chocolate when in New Zealand or Australia, I stopped into Coffee Culture, a local chain, for one. Delicious.

Christchurch, New Zealand - Sumner Beach

Christchurch, New Zealand - Sumner Beach

Sumner Beach is a great beach in New Zealand and a spot I’ll keep going too over and over again. What do you like best about Sumner Beach? What is your favorite beach to go to in New Zealand?

New Zealand: The Christchurch Cathedral

Earlier in the year I spent a couple of weeks in Christchurch hanging around the Central Business District (CBD) and the Cathedral and the other hot spots in town taking pictures and just relaxing.

Shortly after I left I got word of the devastating earthquake. It hit me so close to home and I just went numb inside. The lives lost and people’s lives altered forever in an instant was so sad to see. 😦 Since then there have been heroic stories and everyone has come together as a community to start the process of healing.

I haven’t posted many pictures of my time there, but I thought I’d share a few photos of the Christchurch Cathedral before to show the great place that it has been and will be in the future.

Christchurch Cathedral, New Zealand

Christchurch Cathedral, New Zealand

Christchurch Cathedral, New Zealand

Christchurch Cathedral, New Zealand

Christchurch Cathedral, New Zealand

Receiving word that no one was in the rubble or the stone bell tower (spire) after the February earthquake was so great to here. The Cathedral, built-in 1881, is located in Cathedral Square in the center of town, with the rest of the city built around it. It’s a historical landmark and the most well-known church in New Zealand. People from all over the world come to see it.

It’s incurred more damage recently due to another earthquake. The Square remains fenced off to the public. It hasn’t been decided yet whether it will be repaired or demolished and rebuilt from the ground up. There are talks of building a temporary cardboard cathedral in the Square. Checkout that story and more on the churches community who keeps giving back on the Cathedral’s homepage.

Whatever they decide the Cathedral and it’s people will continue to thrive and Christchurch, Canterbury and beyond will be back. I can’t wait to spend more time there.