Source: Tourism New Zealand. (http://www.newzealand.com/)
Following the earthquake that struck Kaikoura and North Canterbury, we can confirm:
- New Zealand remains a safe a place to visit.
- While this event has had a significant impact on communities in north Canterbury, the rest of New Zealand is still open for business.
- The main area affected is Kaikoura, a small community approximately 2 ½ hours’ drive north of Christchurch in the South Island. Kaikoura is currently inaccessible by road.
- In the South Island, Nelson, Marlborough, Picton, West Coast, Christchurch and south of Christchurch, it is largely ‘business as usual’.
- The North Island of New Zealand is unaffected so anyone wishing to travel around the North Island can do so.
- 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.
- 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.