Saturday, May 14, 2011

Peterborough St, Motel & Flats Damage, Christchurch Quake

11.05.11. During my Peterborough St wanderings post 22 Feb, 6.3 magnitude quake, I came upon deserted City Oasis Motel & a deserted block of 8 flats liquefactioned by the quake.

Peterborough St had recently escaped the CBD cordoned red zone, guarded by NZDF soldiers & cops. Peterborough St & many of its bldgs were blitzed by the quake. Some were demolished or part demolished.

Eleven weeks post 22.02.11 quake, City Oasis & the block of flats were liquefaction silted, yellow stickered & showed signs of fast evacuation, with mess strewn everywhere: An axe, pots, pans, crockery, bedding, clothes, mail were scattered at City Oasis.

City Oasis was later demolished.

The flats had settled into liquefaction mire, tilting the bldg. Looking through windows & mud spattered, glass doors of a ground floor flat, I saw crockery in the kitchen sink, rotting, jumbled furniture & green seedlings growing on the rotten, silted lounge carpet. Outside garden furniture was stuck in deep liquefaction mud.

Like other ghost bldgs I saw post quakes, I felt the creepy fear of evacuated people, seeped into wasted bldgs, belongings & mud. And fear of brittle concrete & bent bldgs, souls gone, skeletons awaiting demolition.

A sign on a gate post read:


A yellow sticker read:


44 images, Peterborough St:

11.05.11. Feb 22 quake, liquefactioned City Oasis Motel, Peterborough St. City Oasis Motel was demolished

11.05.11. Feb 22 quake, block of 8 liquefactioned flats, Peterborough St

11.05.11. USAR / TF graffiti, liquefactioned flats, Peterborough St. C meant CLEAR, no bodies

11.05.11. Feb 22 quake, posties & USAR / TF graffiti, liquefactioned flats, Peterborough St. C meant CLEAR, no bodies

11.05.11. Feb 22 quake, liquefactioned flat gate & beige portaloo, Peterborough St, Christchurch

* Wandered Peterborough St.

Content & pics Copyright Mark JS Esslemont.


  1. Hello, My name is Ari.
    I was viewing a KMZ file on Google Earth that had photos from our trip to N.Z in 2010. Suddenly I sae that the Motel we stayed in wasn't there anymore. I did some searcing and found your post. I was saddened to see that it was destroyed by the earthquake. Here is a link to some photos from the city and the motel.