Christchurch's Victoria Square to reopen
A walk through Christchurch's Victoria Square will be possible for the first time since the February 2011 earthquake when the red zone is reduced today.
The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority says pedestrians will be able to access the restored area, which was extensively damaged in the quake, between 7am and 9pm daily, although access by vehicles is restricted.
Two pathways will be opened and it's likely more will be opened this month.
Construction work will continue, but areas will be cordoned off for public safety.
"While returning to Victoria Square may be tempered by a sense of loss we can all take heart at the collective determination to reopen and revive the central city," Christchurch City Council city environment group general manager Jane Parfitt said.
Work has not started near the amphitheatre as decisions are pending on the Town Hall and other projects.
The Floral Clock and Cook and Queen Victoria statues are being assessed as part of a Statues and Memorial project.
The 6.3 quake struck west of Lyttelton on February 22, 2011 killing 185 people and causing wide-spread destruction and extensively damaging Christchurch's central city infrastructure.