Christ Church at Cathedral Square is where I park my bike on my first visit to the city since the devastating earthquakes some years before. I peer through the barrier fence at the toppled place of worship … it is clear there is still a lot to achieve. Once the entrance was a meeting place for city folk, yet today nature has gathered weeds aplenty while the lofty stone tower and the large rose window are now just a dark gaping hole where pigeons perch. The view towards the ruin is in contrast to the rebuilding behind me. I turn and see plenty of new spaces and pathways that now connect the city like never before. Switching on my GPS units, I begin a journey on one of these urban paths linking the city to the suburbs; a safe and green way to explore the blooming beauty of the Garden City.

Riding the yellow line on the rail trail

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