Christchurch has the honour of being the world's second best place to visit in 2014, according to the New York Times.
As part of its "52 places to visit in 2014" the The Times called Christchurch a "city in transformation" that was experiencing a "rebirth with creativity and wit".
Thanks to the ingenuity of its "hardy residents" Christchurch was welcoming tourists back again, the influential news organisation said.
Cape Town in South Africa was top of the list with the north coast of California, the Albanian coast and downtown Los Angeles rounding out the top five of 52 places in the world.
The newspaper praised Christchurch entrepreneurs and volunteers that were finding ways of using empty lots to bring life back to the central city - particularly Gap Filler and the Greening the Rubble campaign.It also cited the transitional cathedral by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban as an example of the city's slow renaissance.
It said businesses were "trickling" back into the city and one bar encapsulated the spirit of the entire city with its name: Revival.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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