Its historic tram line has been restored and improved and the vehicles given overhauls and finally fully reopened this month.
This letter to the editor of The Press gives an idea of people's feelings:
I had "a moment" today - a lovely one actually. I looked out of my office window near Victoria Square and to my delight I saw the tram trundling past. I had to terminate my phone conversation and go outside and watch it roll towards New Regent St. On occasion, I weigh up what I feel our community has lost and what it has gained because of the earthquakes. In sombre moments , I wonder whether, in my lifetime, I will ever see us regaining even a fraction of what we have lost. It takes a lovely moment like seeing our trams returning to old territory to restore the faith that, while we have lost so much, we haven't lost everything. I gave the tram driver the most enthusiastic thumbs-up I could muster and he gave me the biggest smile.
Christchurch I still love you . KYLIE EHRICH, Middleton."
Photo from christchurchnz.com