Growing like a weed – The February 2011 earthquake devastated 80% of the Christchurch CDB. Much of the available empty ground is being filled with art installations, a rare opportunity to re-imagine a city in the modern world. The Greening the Rubble Project has created dozens of gardens in small, unused spaces, like these giant chairs and couches on Gloucester Street.
Raising a chalice – The "Square" is considered the center of Christchurch and is the site of the Anglican Cathedral. While the fate of the damaged church is being decided, the square is a new canvas for a life-size chess game, activism pieces and the towering Chalice sculpture.
Neighborly gesture – On the northern end of the city, the Fanfare sculpture is a six-story high piece was gifted to Christchurch by the city of Sydney to show support after the earthquake.
Back in action – On the restored Christchurch Tram, a daily ticket allows you to hop on and off the tram as much as you like. For an evening meal that moves throughout the city the Tramway Restaurant that departs Cathedral Junction at 7 p.m. each day.
On the move – The Tree Houses for Swamp Dwellers sculpture sits on the corner of Gloucester and Colombo Streets. Made of 10 modular pieces, the sculpture can be relocated to other Christchurch locations.
World of support – After the earthquake, support for the city poured in from around the world and small messages of encouragement can be found everywhere in Christchurch.
International tourist arrivals up 6% – The Avon river winds for nine miles through Hagley Park and the central city. Trips along the river are a popular way to see the park and Botanical Gardens of Christchurch.
Multi-functional – In a country with more than 30 million sheep it's appropriate that traffic sheep replace traffic cones. These sheep can be found lining High Street and guarding Cathedral Square.
Water worries – This controversial rock cairn has been in Cathedral Square since 2010. Built with rocks from area rivers, it's meant to bring awareness and action to water use issues in the region.
Cranes – Construction is a constant in what the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority calls the largest economic undertaking in NZ history. Giant murals such as this "folded wall" on High and Cashel streets might soon be covered by new developments.