Quakes in Christchurch

Trip Start Aug 12, 2010
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Trip End Sep 23, 2011


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Flag of New Zealand  , South Island,
Monday, January 10, 2011

Hello,

As we headed out of Queenstown, through Kawarau Gorge and further on up over the Lindis Pass into MacKenzie Country. This area is named after James MacKenzie, a nortorious sheep hustler. It is here as we headed towards Lake Pukaki and Mt. Cook, NZ's highest peak at 3754 metres, that we saw NZ's very own Shamel. A sheep bred with a camel. We are not quite sure the reason why Kiwi's decided to do this, something to do with a drought, but the results are rather funny. A very large sheep that is furry and has a hump and a long neck. Bizarre. 

Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island. Hagley Park in the city centre is the world's largest central park with Central Park, New York and Stanley Park, Vancover in 2nd and 3rd place. Christchurch is a very old English style city, with its remaining Neo-gothic buildings and gardens. However, due to the recent earthquake on the 4 September, a 7.1 magnitude quake there has been severe damage to the city. This has all been made worse by the aftershocks that have occurred since then, the biggest being a magnitude 6. Due to the damage many of the buildings are empty or derelict. Luckily, our stay here was only for one night but I'm sure when the city is back to normal it would be great to spend a few days here to really explore Christchurch.

Love Hollie and Thomas xx

  

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