Christchurch earthquake attraction takes shape

Last updated 05:00 19/12/2012
statue of John Godley
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FALLEN FOUNDER: Canterbury Museum’s latest earthquake attraction, Quake City, started to receive items yesterday, including the statue of John Godley.

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Historic pieces of Christchurch's damaged infrastructure have begun arriving for a new exhibition at Canterbury Museum.

Quake City, Christchurch's latest earthquake attraction, will open at Re:Start Mall on February 15 next year.

The exhibition, which will cost $10 for adults, will include objects relating to the quake, such as the top of the Christ Church Cathedral spire and the rose window, the clock face from the former railway station in Moorhouse Ave, and parts of the Hotel Grand Chancellor.

Several items, including the statue of John Godley and one of the bells from the Catholic Cathedral, were moved into the building yesterday.

Canterbury Museum Director Anthony Wright said the attraction would provide a "point of interest" for visitors to Christchurch.

The exhibition will run for three years. It is estimated more than 70,000 New Zealand visitors, including school students, will go through Quake City each year.

Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism Chief Executive Tim Hunter said the opening could not have come at a better time.

"The tourism market in Christchurch reaches its peak towards to the end of February so the opening of Quake City will help boost the tourism activity in the region. This will also contribute to the region's economic recovery, which is great news."

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