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Reviewed 1 May 2017

The draw is really the clever rebuilding of the area, rather than the shops themselves (although the abundance of souvenir shops was great as we visited on our last day in NZ). The use of space and shipping containers is clever and inspiring. Highly recommend checking out the food trucks (J-Bings was fantastic!).

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank Mary L
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Reviewed 30 April 2017

OK...this is a shopping center. Shopping centers are not usually considered an "attraction" as such - that is, people don't usually go out of their way to see one, unless it is remarkable for some feature. This one is truly remarkable.
A shopping center built from re-purposed shipping containers! What a creative way to deal with the aftermath of a devastating earthquake! You can find myriad shops herein, including gemstones and other collectibles, clothing, sports equipment, food, and gifts. I can think of several places where a shopping center like this would do well. Aside from rapidly continuing business after the earthquake, the unique nature of this shopping center brings the curious out to see it, increasing foot traffic! Ingenious!

Date of experience: April 2017
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Reviewed 29 April 2017 via mobile

The draw here is definitely the rebuilding part, which is interesting. The shops are pretty much the same as any other little shopping area. If you happened to be near for something else I would say to stop in, But not something I would make a point to see again.

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank ama658
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Reviewed 28 April 2017 via mobile

I first visited this shopping area in 2012 and was impressed at the ingenuity shown by the kiwis in putting up a shopping centre within 60 days of the quake, and looking very chic.
With new buildings going up around it you might expect this area to look a little tired but it still has panache and is worthy of a stroll

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank TinaM764
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Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

What do you do when an earthquake demolished your shopping district. Build a temporary shopping area out of shipping containers.

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank 439nevilles
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