Written on Wednesday, 13 October 2010 by NZTravelInsider
Learn what the travel conditions in Christchurch are currently like a little more than one month after the earthquake.
I’ve just returned from a trip to the South Island and can report that other than a few demolished buildings, Christchurch looked pretty normal to me and everybody seemed to go about their normal daily lives.
At the start of my trip, I spent 2 nights in Christchurch at Roma on Riccarton, a motel near Hagley Park. While I did not feel any major aftershocks, I did wake up to a slightly rocking bed at 6 a.m. one morning. The aftershock must have lasted for less than 10 seconds and must have been around a magnitude of 3 or 4, because I felt it.
But then again, we often get earthquakes of that magnitude here in Wellington, so other than waking me up, I did not give it much attention. So if you’re considering visiting Christchurch, you are bound to feel an aftershock or two.
I also drove from Christchurch to Queenstown and did not have any issues on the road. State Highway 1 was open until hooking off it towards Geraldine. There were no significant road closures, so everything seemed normal to me. Driving conditions from Christchurch airport were normal too.
If you are planning or have planned a trip to Christchurch, there is currently no need to delay your travels, because the travel conditions in Christchurch are good and getting better as the city continues to recover from the earthquake.
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