What happened? A message about the recent earthquake from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Wellington.

A message about the recent earthquake from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Wellington.

What happened?

A M7.5 earthquake occurred northeast of Culverdon, New Zealand at 00:02 NZDT on 14 November 2016. Strong shaking was felt throughout New Zealand and lasted for over two minutes in some locations, and there have been aftershocks.

However, while this event has had a significant impact on some communities in north Canterbury, the rest of NZ is still open for business.

Where can people go?

  • The 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.
  • For Christchurch itself, the North Island and the rest of New Zealand, 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.Visitors arriving into Christchurch:
  • can travel south to Dunedin, Central Otago, Southland and the Queenstown Lakes area without any change.
  • can travel across from Christchurch to the West Coast and down to the Queenstown Lakes region and Southland via Fiordland.Both routes are unaffected.
    *   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.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Wellington will continue to provide further information as it is available.