Christchurch still broken
Since the earthquake Christchurch has been rebuilding, but it's still very much a work in process. As a tourist I found it really hard to get information about anything, because most of the info on the internet is out of date and most of the locals don't know what's going on either (I spent one night wandering around for hours trying to find an internet cafe - nobody could tell me where one was). The revitalisation projects are expensive and not that impressive. I wouldn't plan to stay long.
Insider Tip:The re-start mall built of packing crates is pretty cool, but don't expect a cheap market - it's all still really expensive! Plan to cook for yourself, as cheap food is hard to come by.