Scotland head coach Andy Robinson and Scottish Rugby Union president Ian McLauchlan led a six-man delegation to the Garden City to witness the devastation caused by recent earthquakes in the Canterbury region and make a donation of £45,000.
Christchurch's role as a World Cup host city survived earthquakes on September 4 and Boxing Day last year, but a 6.3 magnitude tremor on February 22 devastated the city.
The disaster claimed 182 lives and caused damage estimated at £15.5billion. City officials estimate 1,000 buildings in the central business district (CBD) alone will need to be demolished.
Scotland's next match - the Pool B clash with Argentina on September 25 - was scheduled to take place in Christchurch before the February earthquake struck. In March the game was switched to Wellington.
Robinson told Press Association Sport: "It would have been great to have been in the city of Christchurch because it's a great city.
"It would've been great to have been playing our game here."
The Scotland party, which included captain Alastair Kellock and prop Euan Murray, took part in a number of community events and a skills session with children and young adults directly affected by the earthquake.
The day's events - which included a tour close to the Red Zone, the CBD, much of which was destabilised and must now be demolished - had quite an impact.
Robinson said: "To go and see the damage that has taken place, to hear some of the stories of people that have been involved in the earthquake, the suffering they've gone through and loss of life... it's been pretty incredible to think of the suffering that's gone on through 45 seconds of devastation."
Robinson was speaking from the AMI Stadium, formerly known as Lancaster Park, which had just been given a £31million facelift prior to September's earthquake.
The two main stands have sunk into the ground and a decision is yet to be taken on whether the stadium needs to be demolished.
"This place here is a tremendous place, it's a very special place to play sport," Robinson added.
"Looking around it looks like a fantastic stadium, and for people to gear up for a World Cup and for it to be taken away from them through no fault of their own is a real shame."
The donation was raised at a Hearts and Balls send-off dinner in Glasgow for the Scotland team prior to their departure for New Zealand.
McLauchlan felt it was important Scotland made a contribution.
The former Scotland and British and Irish Lions prop said: "It's a token really of how the Scottish people feel for the people of Christchurch.
"It's desperately sad for the people who own homes and who live in an area where they're just not sure what's going to happen next."
The funds could be used to help sporting development in the city.
McLauchlan added: "If it brings forward a couple of All Blacks, great. It would be absolutely wonderful."
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