New Zealand
Earthquake New Zealand – Update 5
Posted on November 18, 2016 by APTC in APTC New Zealand

Dear partners and colleagues,

First of all New Zealand remains a safe place to visit and we look forward to welcoming visitors over the coming months.

While this event has had a significant impact on communities in Kaikoura, the rest of New Zealand is still open for business. In the South Island, Nelson, Marlborough, Picton, West Coast, Christchurch and south of Christchurch, it is largely ‘business as usual’ and the North Island of New Zealand is unaffected.

Below you can find an update on current transportation and road closures across the country:

Ferry crossings
Interislander will start taking foot passengers Northbound again effective today, Friday 18th November on Kaitaki and Kaiarahi. The below temporary timetable will remain in place until Tuesday 22nd November. Interislander is planning to have Aratere resume services from Wednesday 23rd November – this will be for passengers with vehicles only.

Wellington to Picton
08.30 (KAITAKI) –replacing the 09.00 departure
* 15.30 (KAIARAHI) – replacing the 14.45 and 17.00

Picton to Wellington
09.30 (KAIARAHI) – replacing the 09.05 and 10.45
* 14.00 (KAITAKI) – replacing the 14.15 and 18.45

Kiwi Rail – Coastal Pacific
* Until further notice, Coastal Pacific services have been cancelled. The KiwiRail team will be assessing the tracks and tunnels and we will keep you updated as we find out more information.

Roads Update (unchanged)
* Work continues on clearing State Highway 70 to gain public road access to Kaikoura. The road is still high risk and is not yet open to private vehicles.
* The alternative route from Picton to Christchurch, which has been open since late Monday afternoon will likely be the main state highway route from Christchurch to Picton for several months, given the amount of work which will be required to clear the large slips which have closed SH1.
* People should allow additional two hours for the journey between Christchurch and Picton on the Lewis Pass route – average journey times between Christchurch and Picton are currently expected to take seven and a half hours.

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If  you and your clients have any queries or concerns about their current New Zealand plans, please advise them to email us or call our Emergency Phone +64 27 209 2323 for assistance.

Thank you for all your continued support and understanding during this time. We will keep you updated as we work through the changes.

Your APTC New Zealand Team

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