Do you remember digging the box from your parents’ new refrigerator out of the rubbish? Were you the sort of child who preferred playing with the box your gift came in rather than the gift itself? Did you clutter the living room with cardboard constructed forts, complete with a ‘No Parents Allowed’ sign hanging from the front door? Then a new attraction being built in Christchurch, New Zealand might be for you.
The brainchild of Japanese designer Shigeru Ban, a new Church of England church built entirely out of cardboard, is being constructed in the South Island’s city of Christchurch.
But this is far more than just something to make your inner child grin. Decimated by earthquakes between 2011 and 2012, Christchurch was a fractured community with tens of thousands of homes affected by the disasters. With a view to reuniting the people of the Canterbury region, completion has been set for April of this year and it’s already drawing international attention. The Sydney Morning Herald has listed it in the top ten new international attractions for 2013, a list which includes the new Shard Building in London. The first of its kind in New Zealand and with a predicted lifetime of over fifty years, this incredible church is sure to become a fixture on any journey to New Zealand’s gateway city on the South Island.
And our new five night Travel Less, See More holiday to Christchurch & Canterbury will offer ample opportunity to explore this stunning region and dynamic city. An incredible blend of culture and nature, Christchurch and Canterbury are a highlight on any holiday down under.