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Quake City

Opens in 2 min: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Good museum, very interesting and informative

Thought this was a great way to understand more of what occurred and the aftermath of the... read more

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Rainford, United Kingdom
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We visited Quake City and I must say it was very emotional and confronting. It’s one thing to have... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Melbourne, Australia
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Quake City tells stories of heroism, hope and loss from the Canterbury earthquakes. This special exhibition from Canterbury Museum explains the science and the phenomenon of liquefaction – when the shaking liquefied the ground and it bubbled up...more
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299 Durham Street North | Corner Armagh Street, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
+64 3-365 8375
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Thought this was a great way to understand more of what occurred and the aftermath of the earthquake. Live footage of the earthquake really brought it home how quick and destructive it was. The first hand interviews were sobering and we sat listening to them...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank CraigA125
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We visited Quake City and I must say it was very emotional and confronting. It’s one thing to have watched it on tv but to see actual footage from when the earthquake hit and to listen to the interviews and see the emotion on the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The quake city are not the containers anymore, it’s one building with a kind of museum inside, of course we should be happy for all Christchurch people who where affected from the earthquake that they could move out of the containers and find new place...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank sek687
Reviewed 6 days ago

Quake City is a name that suggests someone is trying to profit from the terrible earthquakes that have rocked Christchurch but actually it it an informative exhibition put on by Christchurch museum itself. As other reviewers have said, this is a sobering experience that gives...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank foxbat
Reviewed 1 week ago

We came here since we were in the area and had read about it. It talked largely about the more recent earthquakes though they do talk about some of the smaller and/or earlier ones. It cost $20 per person and we spent about an hour...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a moving and excellent tribute to the people of this city. The interviews with survivors will touch everyone who takes the time to listen to their real stories- so moving and special- well done in putting this outstanding presentation together. We will be back...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank mjk2601
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is definitely worth a visit. A very sobering reminder of what this grand city went through.A fine tribute to all those that worked on the front line and a somber reminder of those that perished .

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank GTandJR
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A small but very informative museum with a very emotional set of personal memories of the February earthquake. The staff are generous with their time providing information on more than just the museum itself. We very much enjoyed the visit and would highly recommend it.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank BsatBe
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really showed what happened with people's memories and how the resuce took place. Very moving and some of the staff had experienced the quake a did talk about it.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank fritzmollie
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Worth a visit if you are interested in the earhquakes that have had such an effect on Christchurch. Some good video footage of the last big quake.Not very interactive and probably not good for kids. We did get a seniors concession of NZ$16 which felt...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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March 30, 2017|
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Response from Maam3 | Reviewed this property |
There's parking, but it might be a short walk. We didn't' have a car, so it wasn't a concern for us.
February 3, 2016|
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Response from kiwi051 | Reviewed this property |
We are coming up to 5 years since the Feb quakes and what a shame you missed going in, especially for $20 (around 9 GBP). This is the closest I hope anyone else would ever get to experience the life changing and... More
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I don't understand the question I'm afraid!
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Hi! We are working and living in the Coromandel we have a few weeks off work to spend in the South Island. We are looking for a (roughly) 2 weeks travel itinerary (there's still bits we want to do in the North). We've been trying to plan a trip ourselves, but there seems to be a lot of contradicting information about and so many "must do's" that we're going round in circles trying to keep a tight, budget friendly plan. We don't have bags of money to spend, we want to keep everything...More
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hiring a campervan and staying in campsites (hot showers where possible) - in the middle of NZ winter in the South Island?? Take your own car, stay in hostels or B&Bs. Suggest you read a few two week South Island itineraries to get a feel for what would be achievable with your wish list of things to see and do then come back here with an indicative itinerary that South Island TA experts may comment on.
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We are home from two weeks in New Zealand and totally loved it. We also spent two weeks in Australia, and we're telling everyone we loved Australia and loved New Zealand even more. We think it is the most gorgeous country we have ever seen, and the people were wonderful. Obviously we didn't have enough time, but we loved what we saw. In retrospect I might have stolen two days from Australia and added them to NZ. I know we missed a lot of amazing scenery--we didn't get to Mount Cook for...More
October 03, 2013|
Response fromWLnz|
Maureen, we would love to have you become Kiwis. The points system is faulty, placing far too much emphasis on money, qualifications and age. They need to add spirit and heart into the mix :) So pleased you had such a good time in NZ. And yes, two weeks is all too short. Hope you make it back before long for a longer stay :)
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Wondering how many nights in Christchurch to include in our itinerary. Will be stopping en route from Dunedin to Blenheim, so arriving late the first afternoon. Originally thought 3 nights, so we'd have 2 full days to explore, but now I'm rethinking we might allocate that second day elsewhere and just stay 2 nights. Things I've identified of interest include a city tour (double decker bus, or morning coach tour?), Quake City, New Regent Street and the Re-start mall, and maybe punting on...More
January 04, 2014|
Response fromKiwiBailey|
I live here, so maybe I'm a little bias ;) but I think you can easily fill in two full days, especially if Akaroa or another day trip interests you. Akaroa is my favourite place to go for a day, never get tired of going out on the harbour cruises to see the dolphins and seals! If you don't want to go on a boat trip, there still plenty to see wandering around Akaroa, lots of cute little shops and galleries and walks to do. In Christchurch itself, you can do the Tram, Gondola, Punting on...More