NZ 2016 – Day 1 - Christchurch – Part 5 – August 2016

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August 28th 2016
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NZ 2016 – Day 1 - Christchurch – Part 5 – August 2016

Isaac Theatre Royal

Leaving the cathedral square I could see the Isaac Theatre Royal through what is now an open space,
which was probably a building before the earthquakes.

"When work on the third incarnation began on 20 November 1906 the Christchurch Press confidently stated that the building would be ‘one of the most modern and comfortable south of the line’. The Australian brothers Sydney and A.E. Luttrell designed the original French Renaissance-style building, and acted as architects and structural engineers during its 15-month construction." Isaac Theatre Royal Official Website

New Regent Street

I made my way to New Regent Street via Tramway Lane.

New Regent Street - the most beautiful street in New Zealand. On 1 April 1932, New Regent Street was opened by the Mayor of Christchurch, Daniel Sullivan who described it as "the most beautiful street in New Zealand". Christchurch & Canterbury Tourism Website

This street was closed when I was here in 2013 due to the earthquakes, so it was great to be able to walk down it and see the mosaic tiles on the store fronts, and the different coloured painted facades. Apparently, the street reopened just a few weeks after I was there in 2013.

Tram on New Regent Street

Old Government Buildings / Heritage Hotel

Heading back towards the south, I came across some old sandstone buildings, the Old Government Buildings, built in 1909, which is now the Heritage Hotel.

Photos of New Regent Street in 2013

Attached is a photo of New Regent Street during my visit in 2013

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