Kaikoura bouncing back

Since the Kaikoura earthquake last November Tourism New Zealand has been ensuring international travel sellers are aware that New Zealand and the Kaikoura region are open for business.

Our offshore teams have been constantly updating their partners with developments on the latest information.

“We are doing a lot of work to ensure that travel sellers continue to recommend Kaikoura as a destination," says René de Monchy, Director Trade, PR and Major Events at Tourism New Zealand.  

“We are encouraging trade agents to come to Kaikoura and see for themselves that Kaikoura is up and running and some are taking this opportunity.” 

“Understandably there has been a drop off in travel to Kaikoura in the wake of the earthquake. As access improves, more tourists are arriving but it will take some time to get back to the way it was.”

Tourism New Zealand will continue to work with travel sellers and focus on autumn sales and beyond.  

Almost ninety per cent of tourism activity providers in Kaikoura are now operating again. Whale watching, dolphin encounters and albatross encounters are operating daily, offering plenty of activities for visitors in town.

“It’s fantastic to see that the majority of accommodation providers have reopened, seventy-eight per cent to be exact. Kaikoura has done an amazing job getting back up to speed quickly and it's now only a matter of time before the industry is back in full swing," says René.

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