26.02.2017 - 08.02.2017 16 °C
This morning we visited the Internstional Antarctic Centre starting with a bone shaking trip around a course in a Hagglunds vehicle used in the Antarctic. For all its weight it is very nimble and versatile being able to drive up and down very steep slopes and at very steep angles. Traverse gaps in the ice and it can even float on water! We did not try this though! We experienced an Antarctic storm with winds of 50mph and temperatures of minus 8 degrees and learned about life in modern day Antarctica and Scott Base and hung out with Little Blue Penguins and experienced a 4D Cruise feeling the wind and rain and seagull poo!!! Don't ask!!?
A Christchurch city tour followed where we could see the aftermath of the devastation from the earthquake that hit Christchurch on 22nd February 2011 at 11.51am We saw the derelict, iconic Christchurch Cathedral where there is still argument about whether it should be demolished or rebuilt 6 years on. A temporary Cardboard Cathedral has been built by prize winning Japanese architect Shigeru Ban which will last up to 50 years until a more permanent Cathedral is constructed.
We saw various Sculptures around the city on buildings and in the centre. On the famous tram that travels around the city the driver gives an excellent commentary as we rode around crossing the river Avon, the Botanical Gardens, ReStart Mall, The Gothic Style Arts Centre, the Canterbury Museum and New Regent Street to name a few.. As the weather has been wet today I decided to visit the Quake City at the Canterbury Museum. It was both informative and moving as it helps you understand the science behind the earth quakes of 2010 and 2011 and watch the emotion of people describing their experiences on the day of 22nd February 2011. You see items like the spire cross of ChristChurch Cathedral which has not been seen close up for decades. Finally we learnt about the progress with the ciity's anchor recovery projects and transitional projects taking place in Christchurch. We forget that before any rebuilding could even begin a huge amount of repair was needed underground to the city's water, sewerage electricity and gas network There were over 3,600 aftershocks too! So the rebuilding is taking time but will be one of the newest and exciting cities in the world.