I hesitated for a long time outside, because I'd intended to go in but then when I saw how much it was I was surprised and I had no way of knowing whether it was worth such a lot of money. I waited in case somebody came out and I could quiz them but nobody did - a young couple was also wondering whether to go in or not (they didn't). There wasn't much information outside and the building didn't look very big so in the end I didn't visit but I wandered around the city reading info boards and visiting other places.
We are coming up to 5 years since the Feb quakes and what a shame you missed going in, especially for $20 (around 9 GBP). This is the closest I hope anyone else would ever get to experience the life changing and devastating natural disaster we have undergone and explains why our city is still such a mess. We are finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel, and although we live with the daily inconveniences of roads, sewerage systems etc still being repaired we often wonder what tourists think of the place. Quake City does show real footage of the event (along with other exhibits) so if people have time to sit and watch these it is worth it. Unless a bit of research goes in prior to visiting Christchurch I imagine it just looks like a broken down small city with big gaps throughout and lots of glass nice modern glass buildings going up. I suspect people are unlikely to have any real concept of what happened here and why people are still affected. I hope you enjoyed your time in NZ and got to enjoy some of the beautiful sights :)
I spent a lot longer than anticipated it Quake City and it was very informative. I did ask if any of the funds raised from the admission price went to any appeal and was informed the admission only covers the cost of the rent for the building etc. It is informative and really adds a more personal lens on the events that occurred and the impact. The buildings in the city tell a story but this tells you more plus some geological information etc/
It is bigger than it looks from the outside. I spent nearly three hours inside. There is a movie than runs for about 70 minutes that was extremely moving. It told stories about the earthquake from many perspectives. There is a lot to see, including explanations of what happened and artifacts from buildings that were affected. I thought it was definitely worth the money.
I totally agree with eggybee. We did exactly the same thing on a recent visit to Christchurch. I feel the $20 per person admission is too high. It would be good if they could maybe do a deal with the tram trip, and reduce to $10 per person if you have already bought a tram ticket.
Where did you want to visit. Cardboard Cathederal is free, also the container part of the city is free. It is full of shops, cafes, banks all sorts of shops etc. they are trying to bring life back into the city centre.
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