The Christchurch Earthquake Before and After

Christchurch Cathedral after the earthquake
The 2011 Christchurch earthquake was centered just outside this vibrant city on New Zealand's South Island causing mass devastation. We visited Christchurch in 2007 as part of a three week trip around New Zealand and it was one of the most memorable parts of our trip. When we returned to New Zealand over a decade later in 2018, we were curious to see how the city had changed. Read on to see photos from before and after the September 2010 and February 2011 earthquakes and find out what Christchurch is like today.

Canturbury Earthquake 2010 and Christchurch Earthquake 2011 Facts

The 2010 Christchurch earthquake that struck the Canterbury region of New Zealand on September 4, 2010 registered 7.1 on the Richter scale and left 2 dead and 100 injured. Less than 6 months later, another earthquake struck within a few kilometers of Christchurch city. While slightly lower in magnitude (6.2 on the Richter scale), the 2011 quake on February 22, 2011 left 185 people dead and approximately 2000 injured. At the same time, the iconic tower of Christchurch Cathedral fell, forever changing the face of the city. 

New Zealand's Christchurch Cathedral Before and After the Earthquake

Christchurch Cathedral in New Zealand before the earthquake
When we visited Christchurch in 2007, I took this image of the beautiful Christchurch Cathedral spire. Upon our return in 2018, the church tower was still completely gone and large gaping holes had appeared in the roof of the church. The facade was reinforced and being held up by metal supports. Such a tragic loss for the town.
Christchurch after the earthquake: cathedral rubble

Reflecting on The Chief Post Office Tower in Christchurch Before and After the Earthquake

Christchurch Before and After the earthquake: The Chief Post Office Tower
Across the street from the Christchurch Cathedral, we stopped in front of the Chief Post Office Tower. When we visited in 2007, the building featured a lovely clock and picturesque windows. We took pictures of Christchurch now and saw that both the clock and windows were all boarded up after the 2011 earthquake.

Christchurch Today: What Remains Unchanged?

The Path Along the Avon River

What is Christchurch like now? Along the Avon River
Some things in Christchurch remain unchanged before and after the earthquake. A walk along the Avon River is still as picturesque as it was a decade ago.
Waterwheel along the Avon River in Christchurch, New Zealand

SIDEWALK SAFARI SPOTLIGHT: Have you been to New Zealand before? Check out our 2 week itinerary for second time visitors.

The Christchurch Botanic Gardens

What is Christchurch Like Now? Christchurch Botanic Gardens fountain
The Christchurch Botanic Gardens also seemed largely the same to us before and after the earthquake. We took the opportunity to stroll through the gardens (admission is free) and admire the colorful Victorian-era fountain plus copious flowers and New Zealand birds.
Flowers and birds at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens

Raw Pictures of Christchurch Now: The Devastating Impact of the Earthquake

Christchurch earthquake before and after: Sign reading "Keep Out: Asbestos, Mulitple Building Hazards Exist"
Sadly, much of Christchurch still remains damaged even though 7 years have passed since the earthquake struck.
Pictures of Christchurch now: street art
Graffiti and boarded up buildings surround you as you walk through town and Christchurch is now much quieter than I remember from our first trip. 
Pictures of Christchurch now: a boarded up and abandoned building
Shipping containers are used creatively to prop up buildings and provide shelter for businesses who can no longer occupy their original premises.
Christchurch today after the earthquake: shipping containers outside a damaged building
Many historic buildings are supported by metal frames to guard against additional damage.
Pictures of Christchurch now: metal supports holding up a building

Christchurch in Black and White: Capturing What Christchurch is Like Now

Christchurch after the earthquake in Black and White: Bridge of Remembrance and Lawrie & Wilson Auctioneers
Given the post-Christchurch Earthquake atmosphere, some black and white photos felt appropriate to convey the sense of desolation. Sturdy brick buildings and monuments contrast with rubble and raw street art.
Christchurch now: Rubble and street art in black and white

Is Christchurch, New Zealand Worth Visiting Today?

Street art in Christchurch New Zealand: colorful bird
Christchurch was one of our favorite destinations in New Zealand when we visited in 2007. Is Christchurch worth visiting today in the aftermath of the earthquake? I say a resounding "yes". It may be tempting to pass by Christchurch without stopping but if you make the time to spend a few days here, you can really help the local businesses who are still struggling to pick up the pieces after this natural disaster.

In particular, I recommend checking out local restaurants and craft beer bars. C1 espresso features great coffee, craft beer, and a pneumatic tube system for serving curly fries and sliders. The whole set-up just made me smile.
Things to do in Christchurch New Zealand: curly fries served in a pneumatic tube at C1 espresso
Grab a seat on a couch and sip a pint of craft beer at Volstead. You'll have to walk a fair distance from the city center to get here but it's not that far from the Christchurch Botanic Gardens (about a 20 minute walk in Riccarton).
Things to do in Christchurch New Zealand: Get a craft beer at Volstead Trading Company

I especially enjoyed the Rosa Gose from Beer Baronness Brewing Company which was refreshing and not too sweet.
Things to do in Christchurch New Zealand: Grab a burger at Velvet Burger in Riccarton
Indulge and grab a burger at Velvet Burger in Riccarton.

Map of Christchurch New Zealand Points of Interest

Check out this map of Christchurch to help you get your bearings when you visit.

Was this post about Christchurch, New Zealand before and after the earthquakes helpful? Sharing is caring...

Pinterest Pin: The Christchurch Earthquake Before and After; black and white street art

#DrJSabbatical Adriatics Africa Americas Ann Arbor Argentina Asia Asia Pacific AUNZ Australia Austria Baltics Barcelona Belfast Belgium Berlin Best of Beyond Dublin Big Island Bologna Boston Brazil Bruges Brussels Bucharest Budapest Buffalo California Cambodia Canary Islands Canterbury Cape Town Cardiff Central Europe Chile China Christmas Market Commute Chronicles Copenhagen Cork Costa Brava Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Dresden Dublin Dublin_Archive Dusseldorf Eastern Europe Edinburgh El Calafate England Eruption Essen Estonia Europe Europe_Archive Evora Faro Faversham Featured Financial District Finland Fisherman's Wharf Flanders Florida Food France Frankfurt Fringe Festival Galway Gdansk Georgian Dublin Germany Girona Granada Greece Greece and Cyprus Guest Posts Guiness Storehouse Hamburg Hangzhou Hanoi Hawaii HCMC Helsinki Ho Chi Minh City Hobart Hoi An Honolulu Hungary Hurling Hyderabad Iceland India Ireland Ireland_Archive IRELAND_REMIX Italy Itinerary Jackson Square Japan Kaunas Kilkenny Kiluaea Kona Krakow Kuala Lumpur Kyoto Languedoc Lanzarote Las Fallas Latvia Leinster Leipzig Liechtenstein Lima Limerick Lisbon Lithuania Liverpool Ljubljana Lloret de Mar London Los Angeles Louisiana Lucerne Machu Picchu Madeira Malaga Malaysia Mallorca Malta Marrakech Marrakesh Marseille Massachusetts Med Mendoza Menton Miami Modena Monaco Monte Carlo Montenegro Montpellier Morocco Muenster Munich Munster NA_Archive Naples Netherlands New Orleans New Year 2011 New Years Eve 2010 New York New Zealand Nice Nob Hill Noe Valley Nordics Norrkoping North America North Beach Northern Ireland Nuremberg Oahu Oakland Ollantaytambo On The Road Osaka Outer Sunset Palafrugell Palma Paris Parma Patagonia Pennsylvania Perth Peru Philadelphia Pingyao Piran Pittsburgh Poland Porto Portugal Potrero Hill Prague Puerto Natales Punta Arenas Queensland Recent Regensburg Reykjavik Riga Rio de Janeiro Rochester Romania Rotterdam Rovinj Rugby Russia Russian Hill San Francisco San Sebastian Santiago Scandinavia Scotland Seattle Segovia Seoul Seville SF - Further Afield SF_Archive Sicily Siem Reap Singapore Sligo Slovakia Slovenia South Africa South America South Beach South Korea Spain SPWC St. Petersburg Stockholm Strasbourg Street Performance Stuttgart Sweden Switzerland Sydney Tallinn Tasmania TBEX Telegraph Hill Temple Bar Texas Thailand Thames Festival The Mission ThisIsAthens Tipperary Tokyo Torres del Paine Transylvania Trieste Uganda UK Union Square United States Uruguay Valencia Valparaiso Vienna Vietnam Vilnius Volcano Waikiki Wales Walking Warsaw Washington Waterford Western Australia Westfield Where's Wally? Whitsundays Wicklow World Record Wroclaw WWI Xi'an Zurich
Sidewalk Safari | Part-time Travel Blog: The Christchurch Earthquake Before and After
The Christchurch Earthquake Before and After
Understand the devastation of the Christchurch earthquake and see photos from before and after. Visit the South Island of New Zealand and find out what Christchurch is like today.
Sidewalk Safari | Part-time Travel Blog
Not found any posts VIEW ALL Read more Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow THIS CONTENT IS PREMIUM Please share to unlock Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy