New Zealand Earthquake Update

Sorry for being so quiet and for not writing posts as promised. Anyhow, I just wanted to let everyone know that I’m alright. I’m currently in Queenstown which means that I haven’t felt anything of the earthquake.

In case you haven’t heard the news, New Zealand’s east coast was hit by, apparently, two earthquakes (7.5 on the Richter scale) followed by a Tsunami.

I’ll stay (as planned) in Queenstown until Nov. 18th and unless any severe aftershocks hit and affect Christchurch, I’ll go there next and stay there, as planned, until the 25th. What happens then depends on potential aftershocks and how badly the towns Kaikoura and Picton are affected. My original plan was to go to Kaikoura and Picton for a few days before making my way back to the North Island. As of now, the roads between Christchurch and Picton are closed due to severe earthquake damage. Moreover, my hostel in Kaikoura adviced all those who have booked rooms in the upcoming week to cancell their booking. In short, if the damage in Kaikoura is too severe, I’ll skip it alongside Picton and fly directly to Wellington. The last thing these affected places need are even more tourists standing in the way. I’ll wait a day or two and will then make a decision.

I’ll be honest, it is a bit weird for me right now because here in Queenstown it is business as usual. I haven’t heard anyone in my hostel, nor other tourists on the streets talk about the earthquake. Only because I woke up to dozens of messages from family and friends, asking if I’m alrght, I heard the news.

For more daily updates, make sure to follow me on Instagram (@pencilphilos) because thats the only place I’m regularly updating my adventures. See you in a couple of days

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