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Christchurch Under Siege - Roadside Stories

Christchurch Under Siege - Roadside Stories



A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Christchurch's English heritage and the devastating recent earthquakes. Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide in the image carousel above.

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.


The 2011 Christchurch earthquake,


John Robert Godley,

Canterbury region: geology,

Images of earthquake damage courtesy of Ross Becker.

Roadside Stories are a series of audio guides to places of interest on major road trips in New Zealand. Each guide tells the story of an attraction along the way -- its people, its history, its cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit

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