We thought we'd get an early start on the day and spend some time in Christchurch today before my parents flew home - their flight was departing at 16.55 so we had a few hours together. One of the things to see in Christchurch, as awful as it sounds, is earthquake damage. We didn't really know quite where to go to see things firsthand, but I had in mind that it would be interesting to see Lyttleton Harbour. It was getting to lunchtime though, so I navigated us to a Dominoes near the area using my iPhone app. Turns out the Dominoes was the only business open in a small shopping complex after some major quakes had ripped open tarmac and shaken foundations. A huge pile of silt was still lying nearby (a product of the liquefaction) and there were fissures big enough to stand in where the carpark had pulled away from the concrete foundations of the walkways. It was depressing! Mom expected to see tumbleweed blowing across what felt like a ghost town. We guessed that the only reason that the pizza shop was still open and functioning was to service the many workmen milling about in bright orange vests, working on pipes - either to repair things or get things ready for flattening, we weren't sure.
Took the boys to Hallensteins at Hornby for some retail therapy - they were needing a few wardrobe fillers and the Dress Smart in Christchurch is one of the best places to go if you're looking for bargains and clearance items! It provided a short-term distraction anyway to the sadness of the afternoon.