Earthquake Recovery

To all people it is as one voice and shared intentions, we embark on this journey of reimagining Kaikōura...

Ki a koutou katoa, kua kotahi te reo, ā, kua kotahi te whakaaro, i tēnei haereka ki te pōhewa anō i a Kaikōura...

At 12.03am (NZT) on 14 November 2016, Kaikōura experienced a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that caused wide reaching effects across the North and South Islands. The earthquake ran from south to north and spanned an area of roughly 150km from the epicentre. A series of aftershocks followed over the following days.

The quake severely impacted the local communities, economy, landscape and the regional fauna. Kaikōura and Hurunui District were considered the worst affected regions and suffered the bulk of the damage.

Despite the Kaikōura District being well-connected to other parts of the country by road and rail, after the earthquake much of the district was inaccessible for some time as large parts of the road and rail network were covered by landslides. Access for relief ships to the Kaikōura township via the harbour was also difficult due to the seafloor upheaval.

The total cost of the damage from the earthquake is estimated to fall between $3-8 billion.

Kaikōura is now 'open for business', tourists are welcome, recovery work has started and the residents are getting used to a 'new normal'.

Recovery is a long road but we're proud of how we have come together and of the future we have 're-imagined'. Recovery with information for residents, ratepayers, businesses and the wider community is woven into the information across our website, if you have feedback or can't find something you're looking for please contact us.