There’s the old saying that goes, “don’t leave town till you’ve seen the country.” And even though the city of Christchurch, post earthquake, is a very different place, as the city re-emerges and re-imagines itself, local people can re-discover their city and perhaps see things that they have never seen before. In other words, it has never been a better time to see town before you see the country!
The new Christchurch Reimagined newsletter is a great way for the people of Christchurch to keep up to date with what’s happening around the city. Published by Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism as part of their recent locals promotion, the newsletter is produced not just to provide up-to-date information for visitors to Christchurch, but to help local people re-discover the attractions of their city. Local support is vital to Christchurch business success. Shops, restaurants, cafes, bars and attractions like Ferrymead, Willowbank and the Gondola all depend on local customer support as well as visitors from outside the city. Supporting business owners who have had the resources and commitment to get their businesses up and running again, either in the same or in new locations means the city is a better place for locals to live and work, as well as providing income for the Christchurch economy in the form of jobs and more. Thriving businesses and innovative transitional projects such as Gapfiller and Re:Start mall have helped to put Christchurch back on the international tourist stage as well as providing some relief for locals who want a break from their everyday challenges. Lonely Planet recently described Christchurch as “rising from the rubble with a breath-taking mix of spirit, determination and flair.” It went on to rank Christchurch 6th on its Top 10 Cities for 2013. As autumn draws into winter, it is a great time to go out and re-discover your city. Many of the city’s walkways and cycle-ways have been re-built and the local beaches are as beautiful as ever. Try a coffee from one of your city’s many great cafes or take a picnic to one of the city parks. There are many free events on in the city over winter and by signing up to the Christchurch Reimagined Newsletter you will be able to keep up with everything that is going on in your city.