One of the few countries that I have visited that has captured my heart. The people are friendly, the food is good and the atmosphere is relaxing. However, most importantly, the scenery is purely spectacular.
The most populated city of New Zealand's South Island, Christchurch was hit by a large earthquake in the years of 2010-2012. Many buildings toppled and hundreds were killed. Because of the frequency of earthquakes in the region, some buildings remain abandoned and many are still in the midst of reconstruction.
The ChristChurch Cathedral remains closed four years after the 2011 earthquake damaged it
There is hope. To replace the ChristChurch Cathedral, the city built the Cardboard Cathedral. Made mostly of cardboard and wood, the Cathedral was designed by the Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, pro bono.
The entrance to the Cathedral
The interior of the Cathedral, which is lit up by the sun
These sheep are used as roadblocks in the city center. Sheep outnumber humans in the country.
The Canterbury Museum, which has a voluntary entrance fee, explains the history of Christchurch and its suburbs.