Again I have corrected "Glide down the river in British style with a uniformed boatsman." to "Glide down the river in Cambridge University style with a uniformed boatsman." for the very simple reason punts that the Brits do NOT go around in punts, you Do NOT find punts across Britain. You DO find them in Cambridge. they are charateristics of Cambridge University.
Earthquake warning box
I am toning down the Warning Box about earthquake damage in Christchurch. The information is incorrect and unduly negative. The 100,000 figure equates to the estimated number of insurance claims that the Earthquake Commission (EQC) - a specialist earthquake insurance scheme - had expected to receive as a result of the earthquake. The local newspaper reported has reported about 75,000 claims lodged, with only 5,000 claims costing more than $100,000, suggesting the building needs to be totally replaced, as a typical NZ house would cost at least $100,000 to rebuild. - Huttite 07:41, 6 October 2010 (EDT)
Non- encyclopedia language alert!
I'm in Christchurch today (Feb 19th 2013) and I think the Christchurch article should more explicitly state the damage to the city-
it is still VERY difficult to find accommodations unless booked well ahead in advance, more so than I have seen throughout NZ. The hostel/ hotel owners have all been very helpful/apologetic- most admit there just aren't enough places to stay left in the city. I saw backpackers planning to sleep in the remnants of destroyed houses/ buildings, which is insanely unsafe. The article should make it very clear that you should not come to Christchurch before booking a bed in a hotel/motel/hostel; it is a safety issue.
As well, many/most of the eat/drink places are still closed due to the Earthquake.
Also, a separate section explaining the red zone and its 'tourism' would be helpful. Most will have never seen anything like it, even 2 odd years later the level of destruction is huge.
I kind of agree with the OP. I too had trouble finding lodging in the city (slept in the airport.) I was shocked at how some areas all of the businesses were still closed. Obviously the whole city isn't destroyed, but I found the level of damage to this day shocking. Would recommend booking in advance.18.104.22.168 05:59, 27 February 2013 (EST)
They probably meant 'original poster'. I booked a hostel well in advance and I am glad that I did. Saw a lot of tourists kind of just wandering with all their stuff. For those that have been to Christchurch since the earthquake, go on google streetview and take a look. It's really quite spooky to see the 'before' images. Such a beautiful city, and such a tragedy that has befallen it. My prayers are with the locals, years later.
I would agree that before going, you should guarantee a place to stay, but I would recommend that you go. Bizarre as it may sound, damaged Christchurch is a truly unique sight.