Christchurch on New Zealand’s South Island is still in recovery mode after two major earthquakes in 2010 and 2011, and hundreds of aftershocks. The downtown will take a decade to fully recover, and some formerly beautiful neighborhoods along a river have been condemned, with no rebuilding allowed since there was subsidence up to two feet, and still potential flood danger.
After giving two talks in Christchurch, we got in a brief day of getting up to the mountains at Arthur’s Pass. In the countryside there were lots of sheep and impressive cut rows of hedges. The mountains had sculptural limestone monoliths, lots of big wide braided river valleys, erosional talus, waterfalls, and more.