Of course, the usual disclaimers about "danger", "distress", and limited access (300 people at a time, for 1 hour max) applied, but that didn't stop the crowds of people who showed up for the blink of an eyelid.
"Overview" of the Walk
Cashel St Mall - People queue to get in through a manned gateway
The Chalice and soon to be demolished BNZ building in the background. I never thought I'd say this, but actually, the Chalice looks quite nice, considering that it appears to be the only thing that's been untouched in this whole wasteland.
The Cathedral, or what's left of it, from the viewing area in front of it
Heaps of people out and about taking a look, many with cameras about too.
Some buildings on Colombo St
Looming giants that will soon be no more
Hotel Grand Chancellor - the roof and a few storeys have come off already. Just concrete remains
BNZ Bank building on the corner of Cathedral Square. From the outside it doesn't look like it's that badly hit, though it's probably quite battered.
Cathedral Square Sights
Views from behind the wires
On a lean...
Back to the main attraction...
It was interesting watching the "Red-Zone Bus Tours" passing through even closer to the Cathedral. While there, I saw a few such busses passing through. They seemed to be leaving each 15 minutes!
Moving on to another resident of the square: the old post office building.
The clock tower, with the city's official coat of arms (IIRC it looks like this, though I might've mistaken it for the NZ one)
An interesting sight: weeds growing in regular patterns just beside buildings such as the post office and the cathedral. I suspect it might've had something to do with some potential liquefaction issues under the surface here, since apparently grass and moss has been growing in some written off East-side houses.