A Photo a Day of Christchurch New Zealand

Crowne Plaza Demolition Update

Click on the images for a larger version of each image (about twice the size).

It’s been just over a month since I last saw the Crown Plaza Hotel. Today, as I walked up Victoria Street I let out a gasp when saw the Forsyth Barr building visible from behind the Crown Plaza Hotel. It’s just such a shocking site to see – one of our iconic buildings torn apart. It really looks like a bomb went off…

It’s quite an experience walking the full length of Victoria Street at the moment. Right at the beginning near Bealey Avenue is the wooden skeleton of Knox Church and beside that is the BDO building that’s part way demolished. On the other side opposite Knox is the shiny new white building that will be home to a finance company. Down the road there are restaurants, fashion boutiques, and cafes open, and then right down the end by Kilmore Street is the open Casino and of course the partly demolished Crown Plaza Hotel.

These are two images I shot from Peterborough Street with my zoom lens

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Michelle is a Christchurch web designer and photography fan living in Christchurch New Zealand.


  1. Steffe on April 14, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Must be hard to see these sights. I can’t even imagine what I would feel if something like this would ever happen in say Stockholm.

    • Michelle on April 16, 2012 at 8:37 pm

      It’s very hard to watch, it’s like watching an old friend fade away in front of you.

  2. Jimmy Marmite on May 9, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Like Gerry Brownlee said “Get rid of the old dungers” the city was always a dead place prior to the earthquakes!Lets embrace the change and commend the efforts of Cera for endeavouring to transform Christchurch into a world class city. It may take a bit of time but Cantaburians please refrain from outbursts as this will be the place to be for the future.

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