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Address: Cashel Street, Christchurch 2004, New Zealand
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Humming at lunchtime

We first visited the container restart shopping mall in the early evening, thinking we would get pizza for dinner but everything was closed. The second time we visited was at... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 August 2016
Taupo, New Zealand
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Taupo, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

We first visited the container restart shopping mall in the early evening, thinking we would get pizza for dinner but everything was closed. The second time we visited was at lunchtime and it was Rea lly busy with all the food containers open and tables out with umbrellas up with people enjoying the food on offer. There were several metal... More 

Thank CEWatat79
Spokane Valley, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

The cashel container mall is something that everyone should go and check out. There are aqll kids of shops and the food court is awesome. Dimitri's is a must when you go here.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

The 'Pop-up' Shopping Mall in Cashel Street is shrinking as rebuilds take place around it so get in quick to see it before it is gone. Great place to walk down to for lunch, or browse at the market stalls, or even window shop in the container shops there.

Thank Chch_NZ_couple
North Shore,New Zealand
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016

Was disappointed in this. Maybe expected too much. Mid week afternoon visit and plenty of customers at the eating places , so others were enjoying the place

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

This concept exists here and there around the world but never has it felt so fitting as in Christchurch after the earthquake. Nice and modern shops, great food court and a relaxed feeling on a sunny winters day like today :) only minus might be that the shops are a bit too contemporary and modern, with prices accordingly.

1 Thank Johan D
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016

ReStart is the realized concept of shipping container storefronts set up in ChCh city center to permit ongoing tourist trappings. Yes, it's worth a visit to see, but not much time is really needed. You begin to recognize many of the same souvenirs in the limited stores. There are a few with some art/crafts but very pricey. Disappointing for us... More 

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Columbus OH
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016

A nice variety of stores and food places with fun sculptures of typical kiwi scenes. Well worth working around. We were there on a Saturday morning and many people were having breakfast and coffees at the food places. Although set up as temporary structures after the earthquake, they have endured.

Thank ohiowanderer
Whangarei, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016

A fantastic place to visit and such an original idea. Loved looking through all the shops and smelling the yummy food.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2016

The ingenuity of people in a crisis never ceases to amaze me. This is a brilliant concept and every person we dealt with in the stores was friendly and helpful about the town, not just their stock. The eateries are great and the spaces well designed.

Thank Lisette M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2016

Christchurch is recovering from the destruction caused by the earthquake in 2011 and the temporary re:Start shopping mall made from shipping containers is an innovative way of rejuvenating this area of the city. An unusual shopping mall but very practical and well worth a visit, especially if doing a walking tour of Christchurch.

Thank Sandyretriever

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