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Kaikoura Earthquake


Kaikōura approves $21m waterfront redevelopment
7 Oct 2021  

Kaikōura approves $21m waterfront redevelopment

Architectural concept designs for a $19m – $21m revamp of the Kaikōura waterfront have been approved.


Kaikōura earthquake work wins PM’s award
12 Nov 2020  

Kaikōura earthquake work wins PM’s award

The recovery and improvement of the Kaikōura transport networks have been recognised at the Public Services Commission Spirit of Service Awards.


Kaikōura transport networks to complete in December
16 Jun 2020  

Kaikōura transport networks to complete in December

Work to make transport networks around Kaikōura safer and more resilient following the November 2016 earthquake is due to be completed on 15 December.


Covid crisis parallels 2016 earthquake – Encounter Kaikoura
6 May 2020   /

Covid crisis parallels 2016 earthquake – Encounter Kaikoura

Tourism coming to a grinding halt due to Covid-19 restrictions draws parallels to the 2016 Kaikōura earthquake, says tour operator Encounter Kaikōura.


Hanmer Springs GM calls on quake experience to recover
5 May 2020  

Hanmer Springs GM calls on quake experience to recover

We’ve been down this path before with Christchurch and Kaikōura earthquakes, says Graeme Abbot.


Kaikōura accommodation village winds down
11 Feb 2020  

Kaikōura accommodation village winds down

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency has re-started the sale-by-tender process for the temporary accommodation village used by crew working on the Kaikōura earthquake recovery.


KiwiRail, NZTA win engineering award Kaikōura project
11 Nov 2019   /

KiwiRail, NZTA win engineering award Kaikōura project

KiwiRail, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency and the North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure Recovery Alliance have won the Supreme Award at the Engineering NZ ENVI Awards.


Awards trifecta for KiwiRail
30 Oct 2019   /

Awards trifecta for KiwiRail

KiwiRail has been recognised for its campaign to relaunch the Coastal Pacific Great Journeys of New Zealand service following the Kaikoura earthquake.


Details of Prince Charles and Camilla visit unveiled
14 Oct 2019  

Details of Prince Charles and Camilla visit unveiled

Further details of the upcoming royal visit to New Zealand by the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have been revealed.


KiwiRail line repair scoops international award
25 Sep 2019   /

KiwiRail line repair scoops international award

KiwiRail’s restoration of its rail line between Picton and Christchurch following the November 2016 Kaikōura earthquake has been recognised internationally.


NZTA: End in sight for Kaikōura earthquake recovery project
7 Aug 2019  

NZTA: End in sight for Kaikōura earthquake recovery project

The end is in sight for the highway and rail rebuild along SH1 north and south of Kaikōura, as well as the inland route to Waiau, says the NZ Transport Agency.


Kaikōura heads Airbnb’s top trending 2019 destinations
4 Dec 2018  

Kaikōura heads Airbnb’s top trending 2019 destinations

The town “is staging a marvellous comeback” from the 2016 quake, says the home sharing service.


Gallery: The PM jumps aboard the Coastal Pacific
26 Nov 2018  

Gallery: The PM jumps aboard the Coastal Pacific

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was among the dignitaries who jumped aboard Friday’s special commemorative Coastal Pacific service.


Kaikoura claws back visitor spend, guest nights two years on from quake
22 Nov 2018  

Kaikoura claws back visitor spend, guest nights two years on from quake

Two years on from the magnitude 7.8 earthquake which devastated Kaikōura, the popular seaside tourism destination is well on the road to recovery with visitor spend down just 15% for the year compared with pre-quake figures.


From the Regions: Kaikōura Mayor Winston Gray
13 Nov 2018  

From the Regions: Kaikōura Mayor Winston Gray

Gray reflects on the two years since the November 14 earthquake that sealed-off his tourism-dependent town.


Whale Watch Kaikōura rewards local children post-quake
22 Aug 2018  

Whale Watch Kaikōura rewards local children post-quake

Whale Watch Kaikōura this year extended its annual offer of free tours for local preschoolers to school-children across the wider region as a way to “give back” to the local community following the November 2016 earthquake.


Kaikōura: Plan to rebuild visitation, create new meetings destination
19 Jul 2018  

Kaikōura: Plan to rebuild visitation, create new meetings destination

Kaikōura is planning to achieve pre-quake visitor spend levels and be recognised as a new conference and corporate meetings destination by the end of FY20.


Extension of closure for SH1 south of Kaikōura
19 Apr 2018  

Extension of closure for SH1 south of Kaikōura

Extension of closure for SH1 south of Kaikōura – all day Wednesday and Thursday to 3 pm


SH1 Kaikoura to re-open both directions 24/7 next month
29 Mar 2018  

SH1 Kaikoura to re-open both directions 24/7 next month

State Highway 1 between Picton and Christchurch will re-open for night-time travel from the end of April for the first time since the Kaikoura earthquake in November 2016.


Kaikōura growth jumps as recovery gives way to “fantastic” summer
12 Feb 2018   /

Kaikōura growth jumps as recovery gives way to “fantastic” summer

Kaikōura has made a welcome return to strong growth as the region’s recovery is underpinned by a booming tourism sector.


Wildlife benefit from SH1 reopening
15 Dec 2017  

Wildlife benefit from SH1 reopening

A group of international seabird scientists will be among the first using the reopened highway to Kaikoura today.


NZTA: Guidance for SH1 travel north of Kaikoura
14 Dec 2017  

NZTA: Guidance for SH1 travel north of Kaikoura

The NZ Transport Agency has provided guidance for people planning to travel between Picton and Christchurch after State Highway 1 re-opens tomorrow, Friday 15 December.  


Daylight opening hours for SH1 around Kaikoura
21 Nov 2017  

Daylight opening hours for SH1 around Kaikoura

The NZ Transport Agency has confirmed the initial hours of operation for State Highway 1 north and south of Kaikoura will be 7am until 8.30pm, when the road reopens next month.


Stats NZ: Kaikoura’s recovery by the numbers
15 Nov 2017  

Stats NZ: Kaikoura’s recovery by the numbers

This story views the initial impact on the district, and subsequent effects, through the lens of statistics.


Kaikōura Harbour back in business
15 Nov 2017  

Kaikōura Harbour back in business

The Minister of Civil Defence Kris Faafoi has announced that the Kaikōura Harbour is open again after being badly damaged in the 14 November 2016 earthquake.


Earthquake commemoration a time for reflection
15 Nov 2017   /

Earthquake commemoration a time for reflection

A year on it is pleasing to see progress made, delivering some respite for residents and truck drivers.


Kaikōura’s native species & conservation areas – a year later
14 Nov 2017   /

Kaikōura’s native species & conservation areas – a year later

DOC staff have had a busy year managing the impacts of the November 2016 earthquake on native species and conservation areas and that work continues.


Kaikoura: One year on
13 Nov 2017  

Kaikoura: One year on

Kaikoura District Council – One year on, reflections on an extraordinary year and a look at what happens now


SH1 north of Kaikoura scheduled to re-open 15 December
6 Nov 2017  

SH1 north of Kaikoura scheduled to re-open 15 December

The NZ Transport Agency has confirmed plans to open State Highway 1 (SH1) north of Kaikoura to traffic on Friday 15 December, restoring the coastal highway link from Picton to Christchurch.


Red Travel launches daily Kaikoura Express
4 Oct 2017   / /

Red Travel launches daily Kaikoura Express

Red Travel, a division of Christchurch’s Iconic Red Bus Urban passenger transport company, has launched a new daily service from Christchurch to Kaikoura.


Kaikōura Canyon shows signs of recovery
20 Sep 2017  

Kaikōura Canyon shows signs of recovery

NIWA scientists have found signs of recovery in the Kaikōura Canyon seabed, 10 months after powerful submarine landslides triggered by the November earthquake wiped out organisms living in and on the seabed.


Sculpture honours work on Picton-Christchurch line
13 Sep 2017  

Sculpture honours work on Picton-Christchurch line

A sculpture commissioned by KiwiRail to recognise the immense impact of the Kaikoura Earthquake on the rail link between Picton and Christchurch and on the wider community will be unveiled on Friday as freight services resume on the line.


Final link welded in Main North Line rebuild
9 Aug 2017  

Final link welded in Main North Line rebuild

KiwiRail has linked up the track between Picton and Christchurch for the first time since November’s Kaikoura earthquake devastated the line.


Geopark could be ideal prospect for Kaikoura
7 Aug 2017  

Geopark could be ideal prospect for Kaikoura

Turning Kaikoura’s unique geological features into a geopark could be a perfect way to harness the region’s natural beauty and sustain its economy


$231m of improvements for SH1 around Kaikoura
25 Jul 2017  

$231m of improvements for SH1 around Kaikoura

Transport Minister Simon Bridges has welcomed the NZ Transport Agency Board’s approval of $231m of improvements to the 60km section of State Highway 1 between Clarence and Oaro.


Kaikoura is now open for long weekends
13 Jul 2017  

Kaikoura is now open for long weekends

Kaikoura is open for long weekends using SH1 from Christchurch. From 20 June to 30 September, SH1 south road will be open for travel every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday during daylight hours.


Settlement of Kaikōura claims progressing well
22 Jun 2017  

Settlement of Kaikōura claims progressing well

The Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission Gerry Brownlee says settlement offers for the majority of claims from the Kaikōura earthquake are on track to be made by the end of the year. 


Whale Watch wins World Tourism Award
14 Jun 2017  

Whale Watch wins World Tourism Award

Kaikoura’s Whale Watch has won the Australasian Responsible Tourism Award at this year’s World Tourism Awards.


New student challenge to help Kaikoura
10 May 2017  

New student challenge to help Kaikoura

University of Canterbury and NZ Transport Agency launch new student challenge to help Kaikoura


Alpine Pacific Touring Route launches in new campaign
9 May 2017  

Alpine Pacific Touring Route launches in new campaign

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Visitor levy mooted as Kaikōura aims to become year-round destination
28 Apr 2017  

Visitor levy mooted as Kaikōura aims to become year-round destination

A visitor levy, accelerated world heritage status and airport future-proofing are all mooted in a tourism-centric Kaikōura District recovery plan.


Flagship Kaikoura operators to help fund harbour restoration
24 Apr 2017   / /

Flagship Kaikoura operators to help fund harbour restoration

Two major commercial tourism operators are putting their hands in their pockets to support the restoration of Kaikoura harbour.


First North China trade famil to visit Kaikoura since earthquake
21 Mar 2017  

First North China trade famil to visit Kaikoura since earthquake

The first trade famil from North China to visit Kaikoura since the earthquake arrives this week.


SH1, south of Kaikoura, to close for emergency stabilisation
20 Mar 2017  

SH1, south of Kaikoura, to close for emergency stabilisation

State Highway 1, south of Kaikoura, will be closed to all traffic for eight days from 8pm on Sunday, 26 March to 7am on Tuesday 4 April to enable emergency slip face stabilisation work to be carried out.


Q&A with Dolphin Encounter Kaikoura’s Lynette Buurman
16 Mar 2017   /

Q&A with Dolphin Encounter Kaikoura’s Lynette Buurman

An experienced traveller and buisnesswoman, Buurman is using all of her skills and knowledge to guide her business through the recovery following the Kaikoura earthquake.


Kaikoura support extended, $870K promotion package approved
28 Feb 2017  

Kaikoura support extended, $870K promotion package approved

The government has extended its support to earthquake-stricken businesses in North Canterbury and has also provided a $870,000 package to help promote the region.


KiwiRail tourism services booming despite $9m Kaikoura hit
27 Feb 2017  

KiwiRail tourism services booming despite $9m Kaikoura hit

KiwiRail took a $9m hit in revenue due to the Kaikoura earthquake however tourism services on its Interislander ferry service was booming.


Kiwi Experience revenue fall fails to slow THL growth
23 Feb 2017  

Kiwi Experience revenue fall fails to slow THL growth

Tourism Holdings Limited’s (THL) New Zealand tourism operations saw earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) jump to $4.3m for the half-year to 31 December 2016, up 30% on the previous corresponding period.


Quake causes record fall in Kaikoura guest nights in November
17 Feb 2017  

Quake causes record fall in Kaikoura guest nights in November

Kaikoura had a record 41% in guest nights at the district’s hotels, motels, backpackers, and campgrounds in November, Statistics New Zealand said yesterday.


CAUTHE 2017: “Black hole” post Kaikoura quake could have been devastating for tourists
9 Feb 2017  

CAUTHE 2017: “Black hole” post Kaikoura quake could have been devastating for tourists

A “black hole” in knowing where tourists were and what they are doing could have had devastating consequences if Kaikoura’s earthquake had taken place during the day, according to Lincoln University’s David Simmons.