First day in Christchurch / Premier jour à Christchurch

by Cyprien November. 05, 2016 2450 views

In this post you will see a lot more pictures (finally, some will say!) because I did nothing amazing except strolling in Christchurch, taking pictures of the city, and heading for the beach at night, taking pictures of the Pier.

Ce post contient bien plus d’image que le précédent (enfin ! diront certains) puisque je n’ai rien fait de bien plus fou que de balader dans la ville et vers la plage le soir, pour prendre des photos de la jetée.

A few things, though (yes, sorry, I like to write almost as much as I like taking pictures).

Mais tout de même, quelques précisions (désolé, on ne se refait pas…)


Before leaving France, I wanted to buy an ND filter (a filter that blocks light intensity, allowing the photographer to make long-exposure shots, like the one you will see from the beach), and couldn’t find one in time. So I headed up to Mike’s Cameras, and they only had Hoya ones (yeah, great ones, but cost a leg!) and the following photography shop had nothing that fitted my camera. So I went back to Mike’s and took that ND400 at 200 NZD they were handing me. After that, I went to the mall and took a 1-month prepaid SIM-card for 25 NZD and started my tour around the city.

Bon ça on s’en fiche un peu.


Christchurch is the second biggest city in New Zealand, with 350 000 inhabitants. Between September 2010 and June 2011, the city has been struck by three earthquakes of a magnitude comprised between 6 and 7 on a scale of 9. This series of earthquakes destroyed most of the old buildings of the city, caused nearly 200 deaths and marked profoundly New Zealand in general and Christchurch in particular. The beauty in this tragedy is that, even if the city is still profoundly scared by these events, it has highlighted the resilience of the people of Christchurch. Everywhere can be found signs of rebuilding, hope and solidarity towards the affected ones. Like this series of street art that has been started to cover the damaged walls of the city, and that made me walk through this otherwise not-so-attractive-now city, looking for more surprises.

Christchurch est la deuxième plus grande ville de New Zélande, et a été touché trois fois par de violents tremblements de terre entre 2010 et 2011, qui ont détruit de nombreux bâtiments et causé près de 200 morts. La beauté de ce désastre est qu’elle a révélé ce ue la ville et les gens avaient de mieux en eux : l’espoir et la résilience. Et cela se sent partout dans les rues, au détour d’un ancien bâtiment en ruine ou d’un nouveau en construction, et en particulier à travers cette série d’œuvres de rue, créées au départ pour couvrir les dégâts faits aux façades de la ville, et qui finalement font partie intégrante de la reconstruction et m’ont donné envie de parcourir la ville, probablement plus que si elle avait été dans son état initial (qui n’était pas des plus attrayant, de ce que j’ai pu en voir).

Christchurch Cathedral, partially destroyed during the earthquakes

Re:START mall, how life still goes on in Christchurch

Christchurch art gallery

One of the many sculptures in town

Un centre de soins, proche de l'auberge de jeunesse

And the famous street art

With some puzzling images


On the evening, I took the Y metro bus to New Brighton to take pictures of the sunset (unfortunately, not over the sea, on this Eastern part of the island), and try my new ND filter. On my way back to the hostel, I realized that I could not withdraw any money at an ATM and was scared I could not go to Akaroa, having told them in the afternoon that I would pay by cash the following morning. I hurriedly mailed my bank (fortunately, it was the morning in France at this time) and they answered my quite quickly that I had exceeded my 7-days withdraw limit of 500€ (lol, for my trip) but that I could still pay by card, what I did the following morning!)

Le soir, je suis allé à New Brighton beach pour prendre des photos du coucher de soleil, qui se couche malheureusement côté plage, lorsque l’on est sur la côte Est.

Invasion !

New Brighton beach and its pier.

And finally this is (in my opinion) the motto of the city : Ca va aller !

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Mona Markussen 4 years, 6 months ago

Great set of pictures!

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Helen Hooker 4 years, 6 months ago

Thanks for taking us with you on your trip! I love your photos. It's great to see Christchurch getting back on its feet and creative use being made of the damaged buildings.

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Cyprien Replied to Helen Hooker 4 years, 6 months ago

Yeah, this citty is full of hope, that is quite nice to see!

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