Well the centre of Christchurch is certainly a ghost town - heartbreaking - and really nowhere to go (much) when you get there. But lots of rebuilding so that's a good thing. And the pop up mall in Cashel Street, plus lots of container shops and venues are fun and innovative. Suburbs appear to be untouched until you look closely, and places like Sumner are shattered. But as usual, Christchurch people were friendly and optimistic; have to be, it's a long haul, years of rebuild to go.
So, yes, very upsetting but good to see there's things happening. (And great coffee which is new for Christchurch!).