Inspiring A City’s Renaissance
Christchurch, “New Zealand’s bravest and most resilient communities … is re-emerging as one of [the country’s] most exciting cities,” according to Lonely Planet author Brett Atkinson. “If you’re heading to the South Island, definitely spend a few days in the city. There’s still plenty to do, and you’ll be supporting the new businesses inspiring Christchurch’s renaissance. Who knew there were so many uses for a shipping container? While the city’s rebuild is carefully planned, the humble container has emerged as a funky option to kick-start Christchurch’s retail and hospitality sectors. Bringing commercial life back to the fringe of the CBD, the RE:Start development showcases almost 30 retailers in a colourful labyrinth on Cashel Mall. For the best coffee in town, head to the Addington Coffee Co-op or the cool Black Betty perched on the edge of High St, the city’s former hip shopping precinct.” Atkinson also includes his pick of the best online resources to maximise a visit to the city.