An earthquake occurred in Christchurch on 22 February 2011 at 12:51 p.m. local time and registered 6.3 on the Richter scale. The earthquake struck the Canterbury Region in New Zealand’s South Island and was centered 1.2 miles west of the port town of Lyttelton, and 6 miles south-east of the centre of Christchurch, at the time New Zealand’s second-most populous city. The earthquake caused widespread damage across Christchurch, killing 185 people in the nation’s third deadliest natural disaster.
The Rebuild Tour covers a number of things: The City’s vibrant past – Including the history of Christchurch’s pre-earthquake buildings and features; the seismic forces at work in the region – Including the events of the September 2010 and February 2011 earthquakes and the devastation they caused; the innovative transitional projects – Including the Re:START Mall, Greening the Rubble, Gap Filler and Street Art; the technology involved in the rebuild – The tour will explain some of the lessons learnt from the regions seismic events and point out buildings that incorporate this new technology; and the plans for the future – Including artist’s impressions and concept designs of new buildings and precincts in the Christchurch city.
Canterbury Museum has a rich and fascinating history, and an exciting future. Highlights of the Museum include the world’s greatest collection of artefacts from the heroic age of discovery in Antarctica, the Māori collections in the Iwi Tawhito and Ngā Taonga galleries, and the quirky kiwiana of Fred & Myrtle’s Paua Shell House at Canterbury Museum.
Canterbury Museum Website
- City Attraction Wheelchair Accessible: Yes (buses, museum & gardens)
- Fully Accessible Entry: Yes (buses, museum & gardens)
- Accessible Restrooms Onsite: Yes (Canterbury museum)
- Restrictive Steps: No Restrictive Steps