New Zealand open for business

Following the earthquake that struck Kaikoura, we have been working round the clock with our offshore teams to ensure that overseas visitors and our trade partners are getting an accurate picture of the situation here in New Zealand.

We are reiterating that New Zealand remains a safe place to visit; that while the earthquake has had a significant impact on Kaikoura and surrounding communities, the rest of New Zealand is still open for business.

Tourism New Zealand’s messages to the international market are:

  • New Zealand remains a safe a place to visit

  • 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, the West Coast, Christchurch and south of Christchurch, it is largely ‘business as usual’. The North Island is unaffected. New Zealand is 'open for business'. 

  • 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

  • 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. 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.

For people in New Zealand seeking the most up to date information, the i-SITE network is your best source of local information and updates – find your closest i-SITE here

Our teams are being contacted by trade partners and we know interest in the impact of the quake is high. At this stage, it is impossible to predict the long term impact the earthquake may have on tourism.

Tourism New Zealand will continue to work closely with all the agencies concerned to provide the most up to date, accurate information to our key markets about the changing circumstances in North Canterbury and to tell people that New Zealand is open and welcoming visitors.