In the 1870s, Victoria Square was the center of Christchurch. Remodelled in the 1980s, it is still a site of historical interest. Statues of Queen Victoria and the explorer James Cook are joined by an impressive carved wooden post (Pou pou), commemorating the signing in Canterbury of the Treaty of Waitangi. Also of note is the H.L. Bowker fountain, the first electric illuminated fountain in Australasia, and remembered for its displays of coloured lights. The Parkroyal Hotel and the Christchurch Town Hall impressively frame the square, with its broad terraced lawns. Due to damage from the 2011 earthquake some portions of the square are still being restored and may be off limits to the public.
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