The Christchurch Convention Centre is so strong that it could be turned on its side and still retain its shape.
Animated video from NZTA showing the new Christchurch Northern Corridor project and what it will look like when finished.
Options for the residential red zone goes on the road.
Tucked in places around the central city are some signs it is slowly moving towards being a destination. But getting people back is the problem, with Central City Business Association manager Paul Lonsdale fearful people will miss out on seeing "history being made" as the city remodels itself.
The new $38m QEII Recreation and Sport Centre reopens its doors for business in just six weeks.
Big brands are leading the charge back into the central city however smaller businesses are slower to follow. Some, like Beggs Music have opted to stay in the suburbs. Central City Business Association manager Paul Lonsdale thinks he has the solution.
The Gathering Space is Phillipstown's new communal meeting area, based in the former Phillipstown School site.
The iconic Wunderbar in Lyttelton was badly damaged in the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes. Owner Andrew Bishop tells of the struggle to get it back up and running.
Drone footage of the Christchurch Convention Centre being constructed. which is expected to be completed by 2020.
One of the city's busiest thoroughfares is about to have 18 months worth of roadworks - but it is work that cannot be put off.