[above – Christchurch Cathedral, still in ruins after 5 years. We don’t think the authorities have come to a decision as to the next course of action] to () Sadly there was very little time to explore Christchurch; accommodation was expensive and difficult to find at either Christchurch or Akaroa so we only touched Christchurh for an hour or so. Christchurch is the largest city in South Island and was still recovering from the earthquakes between 2010 and 2012. The worst of these earthquakes was on 22nd February 2011 resulting in 185 deaths and we had arrived on the fifth anniversary. We thought that by heading for the Cathedral we would be pretty much in the centre of things and would witness some memorial or service but, very much the opposite as the central square within 60 minutes of the actual time was full of tourists wandering aimlessly about trying to figure out if anything was going on. Read here some of the background to the re-building of Christchurch [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-35612298]. Christchurch from the little we saw remains confused and without any structure – rebuilding is present in most places but some buildings such as the Cathedral remain untouched. We later found out that there was a memorial service but at the new ‘Cardboard Cathedral’. As we drove from the town we saw small groups of people walking into the park and placing flowers in the River Avon.