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Travellers welcome in Wellington, following earthquake

14 Nov 2016

Following this morning’s earthquake in Kaikoura, local and international travellers planning on heading to Wellington will be welcomed by tourism operators with the city’s hotels, cafes, restaurants and the majority of tourism attractions open for business tomorrow (Tuesday 15 November), the region’s tourism body says.

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.

Wellington Airport, Cook Strait ferries, trains, all hotels, Wellington Zoo, Zealandia, the Wellington Cable Car and Weta Cave are all planning on opening tomorrow. Te Papa remains closed tomorrow but is planning to open again on Wednesday.

Any tourists into Wellington will be warmly welcomed and well looked after with local businesses ready to get back up and running.

The city is busy with shows and events going ahead as planned.  Roads and public transport are operating as normal. 

WellingtonNZ.com/crisis-information

For additional comment or information, please contact:

Chris Whelan, CEO, 022 233 2669
David Perks, Venues and Projects, 027 530 4947
Adele Fitzpatrick, Destination and Marketing (Tourism), 021 588 585

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