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Re:START, Christchurch
(4.3/5 based on 420+ reviews on the web)
For a special shopping experience in Christchurch Central City, visit Re:START, a modern mall and eatery made from shipping containers. This attraction was built as a temporary mall after the devastating earthquake of 2011, but has remained a fixture of the city ever since. Now, tourists come to view the unique architecture and browse the many shops, cafes, and food carts. Here, you will find big-name retailers and local boutiques in a one-of-a-kind setting. Add Re:START to your Christchurch travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Christchurch family vacation planner.
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  • If you visit Christchurch then visit the ReSTART container mall. However do it quick as it looks like it is disappearing! It obviously played a huge psychological and physical role in the rebuilding o...  more »
  • A few shops owners told me that this quirky, beautiful MUST SEE patch of Christchurch might not be here forever as this location is a high rent area in the tourist center of ChCh. See it while you can...  more »
  • Businesses are in container boxes, due to the earthquake Lots of food vendors, some cool shops, but mostly tourist outlets A good place to browse. Look for the free parking behind the venue 
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  • Once again, the people of Christchurch have picked up the pieces and used their #8 DIY attitude with shipping containers and created a great colourful funky place to shop. This is not a major shopping mall, but certainly worth visiting. There are a few food outlets, but I enjoyed sitting on the upstairs of the centrally located coffee shop and enjoying the sun and coffee whilst everybody was buzzing around below.
  • The people of christchurch has a never say die attitude and start their shops all over again after the quake in container shops like these! And hoping business will improve everyday! Everything closes early here so start the day early exploring the shops here! And support them if you can! Thumbs up!!
  • Worth a visit if you're visiting christchurch. Warning - everything closes early! (like 5pm-ish most days) Mostly just overpriced tourist shops but something to do. There are some tasty food trucks and outdoor seating in the back corner (or front depending on where you start)
  • Repurposed shipping containers into retail and food retailers. Lots of variety and worth a visit but falls short of other local shopping centres outside of cbd area
  • If your looking for fashion and souveniers this place will suffice it all. A very unique shopping experince where retail outlet shops are made of the container van painted in beautiful solid colors. Along with it has a nice and decent street foods from bento to dumbling, from pizza to burger that surely will satisfy your tummy.