We landed in Christchurch on Saturday October 26th and were thrilled to be staying at a hotel downtown. Since the earthquake, there are now a few hotels that have opened in the CBD. Here's the view from our window at the Novotel. We were right across the street from the Cathedral.
The Novotel was brand new and seemed pretty swanky compared to some places we have stayed at in the past. This is a shot of the front desk area.
Chandeliers in the lobby of the Novotel in Christchurch.
The front of the Christchurch Cathedral.
The Cashel Street container mall.
We were also happy to see some shops were open again on New Regent St. Despite these new places being opened downtown, the majority of the city center is still in a shambles.
Sunday afternoon we walked for about an hour to get to the new location of the Twisted Hop brew pub. The old location was completely destroyed during the earthquake. Here are Kelly and Kristy enjoying a pint.
An odd sign we saw on our walk to the Twisted Hop.