Christchurch still welcomes visitors following earthquake

Christchurch, the largest city on the South Island of New Zealand, was recently hit by an earthquake measuring 7.8 and some damage was done many commercial buildings and homes; also, water, electricity and communication services were affected.

The good news is that visitors heading to Christchurch in the aftermath of the recent earthquake are in for a surprise – not only is the city alive, well and operating normally but there are added incentives for tourists to visit.

Special deals and offers of support have seen legendary Canterbury hospitality extended to not only include discounts but also free entry to some of the region’s major tourist attractions. Normal travel to the region is being encouraged with companies making special offers to urge potential visitors to consider a trip to Christchurch and its surrounding area.

Needless to say, there are a great many attractions in the region, and with the New Zealand dollar staying low against other major currencies, visitors are able to get a lot of value when they do arrive.

While the earthquake was a major event, less than 20% of Christchurch was affected and fortunately there was no loss of life.

Tourist operations were virtually unaffected – the airport was only briefly closed and 98% of tourism operators, attractions, hotels and accommodation providers have remained open.

As well as Christchurch and Canterbury tourist attractions offering special deals for residents needing time out to recover from the earthquake, other tourist operators around the country have joined in and are also offering opportunities for people to take a break.

A number of accommodation, transport and activity providers throughout New Zealand have already made special offers and a Quake Break Facebook page has been set up by Tourist Industry Association where operators or members of the public can post deals.

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