Christchurch in 2016: See how the rebuilding city looks from the air

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The fate of the broken Christ Church Cathedral remains unknown.

Looking from the sewage ponds and over the cranes of the CBD to the Southern Alps.

New Regent St was repaired and reopened in April 2013 when much of the central city was still closed. It is now one of the most popular parts of the city.

Re:Start mall was due to close in 2016, but developer Antony Gough has offered to keep it for another 10 years.

The newly-opened Margaret Mahy playground attracted thousands of visitors in its first week.

A building under demolition on Hereford St.

Broken tennis courts in Wilding Park, on the edge of the red zone.

A massive rebuilding programme at Christchurch Hospital will see new operating theatres and a new emergency department by April 2018.

The construction of Hagley Oval was enormously controversial, but has proved to be a popular venue.

AMI Stadium was only due to be used until 2017 but will remain until 2021.

The city blueprint states the quake-damaged Lancaster Park will be replaced by a more central $470m stadium.

The Avon River winds through the residential red zone.

A lone house stands in the otherwise empty residential red zone.

This picture taken before the Valentines Day quake shows the Whitewash Head cliffs.

The road below Peacocks Gallop is protected from crumbling cliffs by shipping containers.

The Port of Lyttelton has a 30-year plan to reclaim land, move container facilities and open the harbour front to the public.

Sumner Rd which winds from Evans Pass into Lyttelton has not reopened since the February 2011 quake. Repairs are underway.

Thousands of new homes are being built in western suburbs. This shows the rapidly developing Wigram Skies subdivision.

Other subdivisions, such as Sovereign Palms near Kaiapoi, have sprung up outside Christchurch.

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Press visual journalist Iain McGregor took to the skies over Christchurch on February 4, 2016, to capture how the city and its surrounding areas looked five years after the 2011 earthquakes.

This picture gallery shows the new, the old, and the damaged from the city centre, across the vast grass sections of the cleared red-zone and over the cliffs of Sumner and destroyed road into Lyttelton.

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