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Christchurch almost back to normal

New Zealand Earthquake update

Sep 08, 2010

Christchurch’s tourism community is working together to make sure guests are well looked after as the city recovers from a major earthquake which hit on Saturday morning.

Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism this morning reported that 98% of its members were open for business.

No other areas of New Zealand are affected by the earthquake. Christchurch International Airport, along with car hire and campervan companies are up and running. Areas around central Christchurch including Hamner Springs, Akaroa, Kaikoura and the local ski fields are unaffected, as is much of the Canterbury region.

Tourism New Zealand Chief Executive Kevin Bowler said though the city was recovering well, safety remained the priority.

"Christchurch city is recovering well after the earthquake. For safety reasons, Civil Defence still has a cordon in place around a few blocks of the central city but the remainder of the city is accessible. The cordon is being reviewed daily.

"Virtually all tourism operators in the Christchurch region are open, but visitors are advised to contact their travel agents or accommodation providers before arriving in the City," Mr Bowler said.

For those transiting through Christchurch to other regions holidays will be unaffected.

Daily updates provided by Christchurch and Canterbury tourism operators are available at or visitors can call 0800 423 783.

Travellers who have bookings for travel to Christchurch and Canterbury over the next few weeks are advised to keep their bookings, and maintain regular contact with their travel providers for the latest updates.

New Zealand Earthquake update

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