Dear partners and colleagues,
Many thanks for all your messages of support overnight, it’s greatly appreciated.
Here is an update for you all on current transportation and road closures across the country:
* Tsunami warnings cancelled.
* Cook Strait crossings are up and running but only for vehicles and freight. Damage to the Picton terminal means foot passengers cannot be accommodated.
* Spark has opened up their nationwide Wi-Fi network to help people stay in contact.
* Trains still suspended.
* Wellington CBD is open for business again and welcoming visitors. Wellington Economic Development Agency (WREDA) chief executive, Chris Whelan, says engineers have assessed much of the inner city, with no major structural damage to any tourism-related businesses reported.
Update from the NZ Transport Agency – 9:00AM 15NOV UPDATE
* State Highway 1 between Cheviot and Seddon – CLOSED
* State Highway 7 between Waipara to Springs Junction – OPEN (Lewis Pass)
* State Highway 7a between Tekoa Range and Hanmer Springs is OPEN to light vehicles (and no towing) only while further assessment takes place today.
* State Highway 73 between Christchurch and the West Coast is OPEN (Porters Pass & Arthurs Pass
Picton, Blenheim, and Nelson are all accessible from the south via State Highway 7 (Lewis Pass) but please note this will add at least three hours additional journey time. For the latest media release: https://www.nzta.govt.nz/media-releases
If your clients have any queries or concerns about their current New Zealand plans, please advise them to phone our Emergency Phone +64 27 209 2323 for assistance.
We will continue to update you when news arises.
Your APTC New Zealand Team