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In Christchurch these days there are clean slates, new buildings and a raft of new, vibrant things to see and places to shop. The New York Times ranked Christchurch #2 on their Cities to Go list in 2014. We couldn’t agree more.
Here's our roundup of great stops for unique Christchurch shopping.
Re:Start is bustling, funky, colourful, cantilevered pop-up container precinct—one of the first in the world—with over sixty 40ft shipping containers that have been painted, insulated and transformed into cheerful fashion, food and gift shops.
Re:Start is symbolic of the spirit of the city—adaptability and sourcing creative solutions to tough challenges. And every time we visit the Re:Start mall there’s an ever-rotating roster of buskers.
The Tannery embodies the idea of a new Christchurch built on the old. It’s a transformed tannery site on the Heathcote River and it’s a bastion of heritage architecture (reinforced brickwork, leadlight glass and hand-laid tiles) with a modern twist: boutiques, a deli, yoga studio, fabric shop, craft brewer and music venues. An intimate cinematheque is on the cards for March 2015 where visitors can step out of the Tannery’s Victorian arcade and into German Expressionist styled theatres.
Don't stop at the Tannery without fueling up on some of the city’s best woodfired pizza and pale ale. The Brewery has been doing pizza and cask-conditioned ale really well for a couple of years now. And live, local music too. Every weekend!
New Regent Street
Dissected by a tramline and lined with pastel-hued shops, the pedestrian New Regent Street was built in the Art Deco Spanish Mission style. The street and shops were closed for over two years after the earthquakes, but have since been repaired, strengthened, reopened and reborn.
Enjoy a coffee alfresco on New Regent Street, watch the Tram rumble by and explore the boutique shops from sushi to souvenirs, a steampunk store, a tattoo parlour and more.
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