Now that the ship cannot visit Christchurch directly it stops at Akaroa some 80 kms away from Christchurch.
There are excursions into Christchurch where the pre earthquake shopping areas have been replaced by shipping containers which ahve been converted into shops. The containers have had windows cut into them and painted multicolours.
Much of Christchurch is now uninhabitable due to the earthquakes and continuing aftershocks.
Akaroa is a lovely port. It is accessed by tender which does limit the elderly.
It has a French influence. Shopping for something different is a highlight of Akaroa. There are numerous little cafes with local specialties.