The center of Christchurch is pretty much a no-go area after the February 2011 earthquake.

Here are some photos we took around the deserted RED zone.

We could not believe how much of the city had been condemned. The RED zone, which is closed to the public, seemed to be growing each week as more and more buildings are assessed for damage. The streets around the RED zone were deserted and there was an eerie ghost town atmosphere.

We decided to grab a cup of coffee from one of many shipping container pop up shops.