A Photo a Day of Christchurch New Zealand

Christchurch Renewal

Old Caffe Roma Building Reveal

This lovely little building was home to Caffe Roma – a favourite brunch location of mine back in the day. The building has been rescued, and just recently the cover that was on the outside of the building was removed – so we can all see how shiny and new it’s now looking. It will be interesting to see the new life it has  – I’m not sure when the renovation will be completed, but I’m certainly excited about this one.

Rauora Park in the East Frame

Start of the residential build in Raurora Park

Large paved walkways / cycleways running North-South

The new CBD youth space area with basketball court and spray cans.

Rauora Park is part of the East Frame of the city. It’s going to be a mix of residential with a park running horizontally beside Manchester Street – all the way from High Street to Margaret Mahy Playground. Once completed it will be the third largest park in Christchurch.

H & M Store and The Crossing Retail Precinct

Long queues for most of the day to get into the H & M store

Welcome to your new city. If you have not been into the central city for a few months, you are in for a very big surprise. It feels like a different place. And today, with the opening of the H & M store, the central city was buzzing with people and energy. It’s like a real city again. There was even a real risk of bumping into people! I personally didn’t fancy queuing to get into the H & M store, so just have photos of everyone else queuing instead. I might make it there tomorrow perhaps.

I instead, explored the buildings that make up The Crossing retail area.

Nothing to See Here Ticket Meters

What looks like a parking meter is currently in the Cathedral Square. Instead of issuing parking tickets it gives you a free thing to do within the central city area. It’s part of a wider campaign to promote well-being in Christchurch. You can see the rest of the ideas online at https://www.cph.co.nz/resources/open-city-nothing-to-see-here. And learn more about the project at the Gap Filler website.

For quite a while I’ve been also thinking of doing a long blog post or blog series about things to do and see around Christchurch – as I’ve taken quite a few visitors on walks around the city and they really enjoy learning about some of the quirkier things you might not pick up as a visitor. Just have to find the time to sit down and write it!


The South Frame

View from St Asaph Street

The South Frame of Christchurch is slowly taking shape. The goal of the south frame is to connect parts of the city centre with pedestrian and cycle access. 

Kakapo cloak by artist Lonnie Hutchinson

The image above is a close up of the stunning cloak design that is on the side of the carpark building for the Justice and Emergency Precinct.

This section is Mollet Street – which will have a vertical garden once the plants start to make their way up – is part of the Greenway which will have distinctive gardens.

For more a more information on the South Frame, check out the Otakaro fact sheet at https://www.otakaroltd.co.nz/assets/Projects/ProjectDocuments/20160809-South-frame-fact-sheet.pdf

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