Kaikoura Earthquake Update: 17.01.17
New Zealand remains a safe a place to visit.
The main area affected by the November 2016 earthquake is Kaikoura, a small community approximately 2 hours drive north of Christchurch in the South Island. Kaikoura is currently accessible by road from Christchurch however the road from Picton to Kaikoura remains closed. In the South Island, Nelson, Marlborough, Picton, the West Coast, Christchurch and south of Christchurch, it is business as usual .
The North Island is unaffected. New Zealand is ‘open for business’. International gateway cities of Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown are all open and welcoming visitors.
Regional airports are also operating meaning visitors can continue to fly between destinations. The North Island of New Zealand is unaffected so anyone wishing to travel by rental car around the North Island can do so.
Visitors arriving into Christchurch can travel south to Dunedin, Central Otago, Southland and the Queenstown Lakes area without any change. Alternatively visitors may wish to travel across from Christchurch to the West Coast and down to the Queenstown Lakes region and Southland via Fiordland. Both routes are unaffected. For visitors wishing to travel north from Christchurch alternative routes are available to Nelson and Picton although they will take longer than the more direct State Highway 1 route.
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