High Street Stories

The Canterbury earthquakes (2010/2011) irrevocably damaged Christchurch’s High Street precinct, with Victorian and Edwardian streetscapes and lively laneways changed forever.  Download this Android app and use the augmented reality feature to see High Street as it was.

Cotters building, 158 High Street
Cotters Electrical building at 158 High Street (date unknown). Image: courtesy of Cotter family. expand/collapse

Visit www.highstreetstories.co.nz for over 90 stories, histories and anecdotes of life in Christchurch’s High Street precinct from before the quakes. 

From there you can download the app (Android only) and experience the augmented reality feature to view the area’s lost buildings, find out colourful and intriguing stories, and 'walk' those streets once more.

Android app on Google Play It's here on Google Play, - or search for High Street Stories.


HIT Lab augmented reality feature

We'd like to acknowledge HIT Lab NZ at the University of Canterbury for developing the augmented reality feature that's part of High Street Stories.  If you'd like to find out more about CityViewAR - the application that allows you to see Christchurch as once it was using your mobile phone, visit their website http://www.hitlabnz.org/index.php/products/cityviewar.