We flew from Wellington to Christchurch.The 2011 earthquake at Christchurch shattered the beautiful city of Christchurch. This was evident from the undergoing construction that was proceeding at a rather slow pace. The city was still recovering from the gruesome damage caused by one of the deadliest earthquakes.We were hosted by one Mrs Judith in Christchurch. They shared their two cosy bedrooms and a part of their kitchen with us.What we did in Christchurch?We skipped the Hop on Hop off at Christchurch and instead took local buses. Apparently, one can be exempted from buying return tickets if you return within 2 hours. Of the few places that we explored in Christchurch were -1) Gondola, which takes you to the top of Mount Cavendish; do not forget to take the Time Tunnel ride that walks you down the memory lanes of Christchurch and relish some lip-smacking snacks at the Red Rock cafe enjoying the breath-taking view over the Canterbury Plains out to the mighty Southern Alps.2) Walked down the Sumner Beach3) Strolled in the Botanical GardenThe evenings at Christchurch were mostly spent on listening to the tales of the 2011 earthquake from the horse's mouth.