The other evening we drove over to Lyttelton so see a place I didn't really recognise. So many of the buildings have gone that it is now just a shell of its wonderful former self.
But then we drove on around the coast to a beautiful spot that is completely unchanged from how I remember it: Rapaki Bay. There we had a sunset swim, a treasure hunt on the beach and the children dug a sandy pool around a warm spring. While some parts of this city have been changed forever by the earthquakes, others are just as lovely as they ever were.