After some breakfast following the Anzac Day ceremony, we got onto the top of an open-top double decker bus for a tour of downtown Christchurch.
The Hassle-Free Tours normally costs $30 (about $25 US), but we got a Grab One coupon for half price. The bus meandered in a circuitous route around the central business district, pointing out how vast and devastating the damage has been from the Christchurch earthquakes last year. There was much interesting history during the tour, as well, which made the city more real to us.
It is very sad how much has been lost in Christchurch due to the earthquakes. Many buildings will be deconstructed and then reconstructed just like they were, at the cost of hundreds of millions of dollars. But many historic buildings, including the Anglican Cathedral, of which Andrew and I climbed the tower when we visited in 2009, will not be restored. I think that saddens me the most, because it is one of my fondest memories of that visit.
Following are photos of some of the damage. Click on any photo to see a larger version of it.