Earthquake Update: It’s Business as Usual in New Zealand

Earthquake Update: It's Business as Usual in New Zealand
It probably hasn’t escaped your notice that parts of the South Island got a shaking in the early hours of Monday morning, when a 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck North Canterbury.

Since the event, we’ve received numerous messages of concern for our well-being, so we thought we’d let you know that we’re all okay, and reassure you that most of New Zealand remains unaffected by the quake.

The earthquake occurred just outside the town of Kaikoura, 180km north of Christchurch, and was followed by a series of smaller tremors. Although the quake was felt across New Zealand, the damage has mainly been confined to the North Canterbury region. At present, some roads in North Canterbury, and along the east coast of the South Island are closed due to landslides and cracks, and it is currently not possible to travel to Kaikoura.

As far as the rest of New Zealand goes, it’s business as usual: all airports are open and operational. The TranzAlpine rail journey is running. Ferry sailings between the North and South islands are open for vehicle passengers (although the ferries are currently unable to take foot passengers due to wharf damage). And both branches of Natural High (Christchurch and Auckland) are open as usual.

This means that if you have a cycle tour, bike hire or campervan booked, your trip is unlikely to be affected by the quake, and there is no need to make any changes to your plans. Whilst we are unable to control or predict any future events, we are closely monitoring the situation around North Canterbury, and will keep you updated with any changes.

And, if you do have any concerns or questions regarding a trip or booking, don’t hesitate to contact us.

We look forward to seeing you soon,

P.S. Thanks to everyone who emailed us with messages of concern and support.