Christchurch, New Zealand
Following the horrific earthquakes that destroyed parts of Christchurch in 2010 and 2011, the city has worked tirelessly to bounce back as an urban enclave nestled amidst New Zealand's rural charms.
Though some of the earthquake's damage proved too severe to fix — the city's iconic Anglican cathedral will have to be demolished — other popular tourist destinations are thriving, including the Botanical Gardens and the Canterbury Museum, known for its exhibits of Maori arts and history.
The Avon River remains a favorite spot to go "punting," or be rowed along the river in small boats typically manned by local students. Travelers can also mingle with the locals at Re:START, a pop-up shopping center where a number of Christchurch's retailers, bars and cafes have been relocated, including Scorpio Books and the Revival bar.
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