Tourism New Zealand Issues Christchurch Earthquake Update

Important information for those planning to arrive and leave the affected region

With 75 confirmed dead and 300 still missing, being searched for day and night by over 500 members of the area’s emergency personnel, tourism New Zealand has issued the following update for travellers still in the earthquake zone and those planning to visit the country. The main advisories are:

• The Christchurch central city has been cordoned off and is not accessible.

• Christchurch International Airport is open for domestic flights but travellers are advised to go to www.christchurchairport.co.nz for the latest information on international and domestic departures or to call their airline for flight details.

• Departing passengers should not go to the airport unless they have confirmation their flight is scheduled.

All other South Island and New Zealand airports are open and operating.

International visitors planning to arrive in New Zealand in the next few days are advised that all regions outside of the Canterbury area remain operational.

Travellers should check with their airlines or travel agents before leaving home and if they wish to leave the area, should not go to the airport directly – only to the collection points being organised in Christchurch by Civil Defence to help free up accommodation in Christchurch and also reunite people with friends and family.

The collection points are at the Burnside High School welfare centre, corner of Memorial Avenue and Greers Road or the welfare centre at North Hagley Park.

There are coach services running by Intercity which are departing from the corner of Colombo Street and Bealey Avenue in Christchurch but Lyttleton Port is closed for at least 24 hours.


USEFUL EMERGENCY CONTACTS

A New Zealand Red Cross Person Enquiry Line should call 0800 REDCROSS (0800 733 276)

• For people enquiring about family from outside New Zealand should call +64 7 850 2199

• International Visitors in Christchurch who need assistance should call 0800 779 997

• New Zealand Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management website, www.mcdem.govt.nz or http://www.civildefence.govt.nz/

• Environment Canterbury’s earthquake site at http://canterburyearth quake.org.nz/

• Christchurch Airport: http://www.christchurchairport.co.nz/