A Photo a Day of Christchurch New Zealand

A walk around Peterborough Street

I was in the city today for lunch and decided to go and take a photo of the mural that’s recently been painted on the library which is on Peterborough Street. I then decided to take a bit of a walk along Peterborough Street and down the streets that intersect it (Colombo and Manchester). I had not been there for a few weeks and I was pretty stunned to see the entire block on Kilmore Street between Manchester and Colombo is now cleared.

This is what I had come to photograph – the mural on the library. It’s a mixture of animals that remind me of Egyptian pictographs.

Looking down Colombo Street towards the Square.

A little park area that has recently been created. Seems so odd having such a neat and tidy spot with a backdrop of urban chaos.

One of the empty lots that is now on Peterborough Street.

What appeared to be a tour group on segways – the guy with his hand out was giving them a running commentary on the area.

An apartment block on Peterborough Street which has sunk quite a bit. The photo does not really show this well, but if you see it in person the house kind of plays tricks on your eyes, as it’s so crooked now.

What was the office of a finance company – on the corner of Manchester and Peterborough.

An entire city block gone – Kilmore Street (photographed from Manchester Street).

Looking down Kilmore Street from Manchester Street.

Looking towards Kilmore Street from Peterborough Street.

Lastly, here are some panorama photos I took with my cellphone. They distort things a lot, but should give you some more context on how this area is looking (bleak would be a good way to describe it). Click on the images to get larger versions.

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


  1. Conor Leahy on July 14, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Great Pics. Our house is visable in second panoramic photo, so great to see our area in proper photos. The Apartment block is always something I’ve wanted to photograph but it’s so difficult to portray the way the house really looks in a photo. Have only lived here for 8 months but the area seems to change every day. Great Pics!

    • Michelle on July 18, 2012 at 10:17 pm

      Thanks Conor. Must be weird to live in such a fast changing environment…

  2. Frances on July 17, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    There’s now a coffee van The flying cup corner Peterborough and colombo. Whole area feels like it’s awaiting some massive transplants, so much removed or rubbled.Great to see library there. Other end of town around alice in videoland has similar feel, outposts on life support.

    • Michelle on July 17, 2012 at 11:49 pm

      Thanks I must check the coffee van out.

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