Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – New Zealand chapter on Christchurch - Canterbury has to say about Re:START Mall:
“Opened in late October 2011, this colourful labyrinth of shops based in shipping containers was the first retail activity in the Christchurch Central Business District after the February 2011 earthquake. With a couple of decent cafes, and including two iconic Christchurch stores – Scorpio Books and Johnson’s Grocers – it’s a pleasant place to stroll. Visit Hapa for a good selection of design and crafts from local artists.”
KAPOORS ON THE ROAD
After arriving at our hotel by taxi I asked the receptionist where we could get a quick lunch and he suggested the Re:START Container Mall located nearby. We were hungry after our flight from Wellington, and we couldn’t have made a better beginning in Christchurch.
Instead of dwelling on the empty lots and the teetering buildings around us, the container mall put a positive face on the city – bright and colourful, functional and fun-loving at the same time. The sunny weather helped a great deal too, especially after the clouds and sporadic rain we encountered in Wellington.