Abandoned ‘Red Zone’ houses in Christchurch

After the Christchurch earthquake of February 2011, much of the residential land along the Avon River was declared unfit to rebuild on. Homes in this ‘red zone’ were abandoned immediately, with families forced to relocate.

The houses have since been left untouched: boarded up and slowly deteriorating while encroaching plant life thrives. The effect is both bucolic and post-apocalyptic.

I took these photos in April 2013 around the Avon Loop, a bend in the river where the land subsided dramatically as a result of the quakes. Under current proposals these houses will eventually be demolished to make way for a riverside park.

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