Wednesday, April 20, 2011

ABC Wednesday:
N is for New Zealand

It is 10 years since we visited New Zealand. You can read my account of the trip at Land of the Long White Cloud.

When the earthquake hit Christchurch we were very upset, especially as one of our neighbours had returned from a three month visit to their daughter in Christchurch only the day before. They were still getting over jetlag when the news broke.

We stayed at the Heritage Hotel in Cathedral Square. The Heritage Hotels website states
Updated 14 April 2011 - Following the February earthquake, Heritage Christchurch is not currently taking bookings and at this time a reopening date is not able to be provided. A cordon remains in place around the CBD area and as such this date is contingent on the lifting of access restrictions. Further information regarding the cordon will continue to be updated on this site as it is advised. All Heritage Christchurch staff and guests evacuated the hotel safely at the time of the earthquake.
The resiliance and spirit of people as they rebuild their city is inspiring.

Michelle's blog, Christchurch Daily Photo provides a great continuing insight to life in the city, whilst photographs of the damage to the cathedral and latest information can be found on the Christchurch Cathedral website.

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  1. I'd love to go someday. I was sad about the earthquake too.

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  2. During a tutoring session yesterday, my student and I were talking about both the earthquakes in Japan and in New Zealand! So sad for everyone.

    abcw team

  3. Very interesting...three of my grandsons have visited New Zealand with the People to People Ambassitor Program, introduced by President Eisenhour.

  4. I would like to visit there some day.Very interesting post Gerald, very well done!

  5. New Zealand is one of the countries I would dearly have loved to visit. Alas - now it is too far away.

  6. I've been following NZ blogs, too, and watching the progress they make - one step forward and one step back as aftershocks continue. Excellent post!

  7. I have a good friend who'd been in Christchurch the day before but was in Wellington when the quake struck. That was too close for comfort, as I'm sure your friends felt too!

  8. Thanks for the link Gerald. It is definitely interesting and at times quite challenging times in Christchurch. It certainly has made me appreciate those things that are most important in life.

  9. I was there a few years ago myself and have had similar thoughts.

  10. I would love to live in that part of the world for a year or so. Interesting post.