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17 Nov 2016
Wellington is largely back to normal following the Kaikoura earthquake and stormy weather from earlier this week.
Wellington’s accommodation, tourism operators, cafes, restaurants, bars and shops are open for business and welcoming visitors. Cafes especially are especially busy today as locals and visitors fuel up on the city’s famously strong coffee.
The region’s international and domestic airport, roads, infrastructure, trains and buses are all operational. The Cook Strait ferries, which carry passengers, vehicles and freight from the North Island to the South, are also operating.
All conference and show venues are operating and ticketed shows are going ahead as planned, with ballet, comedy shows, concerts and theatre performances all scheduled over the next week. City Gallery’s blockbuster summer exhibition, photographer Cindy Sherman, will open as planned this Friday.
New Zealand’s national museum, Te Papa, reopened yesterday (Wednesday) after two days spent tidying up displays and exhibitions. All the city’s other main tourism attractions – Weta Cave, the Wellington Cable Car, Wellington Museum, Space Place, Wellington Zoo and Zealandia – are all operating as normal. Westpac Stadium is structurally sound, but needs a couple of weeks to complete minor repairs.
Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency chief executive Chris Whelan says the city is safe and visitors are welcome.
“We want to reassure people that it’s safe to visit Wellington and encourage them to keep their plans to come here. Spring and summer is a great time to visit and most visitors are unlikely to even notice any visual impact of the earthquake.”
There has been structural damage to a small proportion of commercial buildings. Engineers are working to assess affected buildings.