Christchurch under siege - Roadside Stories

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Christchurch's earthquakes

Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide to Christchurch in the Video tab.

New Zealand’s most English city, Christchurch was hit by devastating earthquakes in September 2010 and February and June 2011. In the February quake 181 people died. Over a quarter of the city centre’s buildings – many of them historic – were condemned, and the statue of city founder John Robert Godley was toppled.

Related web links:
The 2011 Christchurch earthquake
John Robert Godley
Canterbury region: geology

Images of earthquake damage courtesy of Ross Becker.

Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides that follow major road trips in New Zealand. The stories cover the places you’ll pass along the way – their people, their history, their cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit