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Kaiapoi and the MV Tuhoe

January 13, 2013

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I went to Kaiapoi today to go on the MV Tuhoe boat trip (it goes down the Kaiapoi River). Before boarding the boat, I had a look around Kaiapoi. Kaiapoi is about 20 minutes north of Christchurch.

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Kaiapoi was very adversely affected by the September 2010 earthquakes – with large suburban areas red-zoned and commercial properties in the town centre have been demolished.

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Windows have been out out of the wall in front of this construction site. There are adult height windows and child size windows. The building being re-constructed is the Blackwells Department Store.

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The picture above is land that has been cleared of homes in Kaiapoi – there were 23 homes on this bit of land. They’ve all been demolished due to earthquake damage. The land is now owned by CERA – a NZ government agency. There’s a Press article about the land here.

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I really don’t think we could have picked a better day to go on the MV Tuhoe. It was sunny, very hot, and a refreshing breeze was blowing – just enough to cool you down.

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The Tuhoe goes down the narrow Kaiapoi river which has these large willows on either side – you could reach out and touch them.

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One of the many wonderful views from the Kaiapoi River.

 

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Published on Sunday, January 13th, 2013, under Daily Photo

One Response to “Kaiapoi and the MV Tuhoe”

  1. Lynette Lusk says:

    Must do this boat trip next time we visit, next January we think. Thanks for the photos, lovely to see our beloved Kaiapoi raising itself back up.