Today we have relatively good news from earthquake-stricken Christchurch. Although the central city is still cordoned off to enable the cleaning up process, buses in the city are now running again and tourism in Canterbury is getting back to normal.
As of 12pm today, 98 percent of accommodation providers and tourism attractions were fully operational, and you can see a list of all operational businesses below. After thorough inspections only five percent of the more than 550 inspected buildings in the city have been severely damaged, and Christchurch is doing its best to get back on its feet. To check out pictures of the current situation in the inner city click here. Christchurch and Canterbury i-SITE Visitor Information Centres have email and telephones back and are up and running again.
Train services on the routes Christchurch to Greymouth and Christchurch to Picton are expected to be running again from tomorrow and are currently replaced by buses. Christchurch Airport is fully operational although there might be some delays and you are still recommended to contact your travel agent before travelling to Christchurch Airport.
Christchurch's iconic Court Theatre in the heart of the city is currently closed, but the team urges people to keep checking their website www.courttheatre.org.nz until they are able to confirm dates for re-opening and resuming performances.
Thumbs up for Christchurch, the emergency team and all volunteers – if everyone keeps moving at this speed our beautiful Garden City will soon be in full bloom again!
List of operational accommodation providers and businesses:
Central City Accommodation * The Crowne Plaza * Hotel Grand Chancellor * The Millennium * Copthorne City Central * Novotel * The George * Rydges Hotel * Tuscana Motor Lodge * Stonehurst * The Marque * The Latimer * The Classic Villa * Dorset House * City Central Motel Apartments * Focus Motel * Ibis * Hotel SO * Holiday Inn City Centre * Holiday Inn on Avon * Coachman Backpackers * Orari Bed & Breakfast & Apartments
Wider Christchurch Accommodation * Sudima Hotel * The Marine Bar & Backpackers * Arena Motel * Amberpark Motel * All Seasons * Central Park Motor Lodge * Alpha Motel * Peppers Clearwater * The Jailhouse Backpackers * Parkview on Hagley * Chateau on the Park * Kauri Motel * West Fitzroy * Garden View B&B * Clearview Lodge * Chez La Mer Backpackers * Amuri Estate Retreat
Accommodation Throughout the Region * Heritage Hanmer * Lake Tekapo Lodge * Terrace Downs * Kaikoura Top 10 * Alpine Holiday Homes * Amuri Estate Retreat * Central South Island Tourism * Kaikoura Waterfront Apartments * Braemar Lodge and Spa * Garth Owen B&B (Akaroa) * Legite Backpackers (Hanmer) * Akaroa Waterfront Motels * Akaroa Holiday Park * Alpine Springs Motel * Lake Tekapo Scenic Resort * Fountain Bleu Luxury Retreat * Springfield Hotel * Quickenberry Lodge * Peppers Clearwater * The Hermitage – Aoraki Mt Cook * Wilderness House Akaroa * Cheltenham House * Backpackers Car Market * Friendz Backpackers * La Belle Villa * Waves on the Esplanade
Activities and Transport Operators * InterCity * Maui – THL * Thrifty Car Rental * Hanmer Thermal Springs & Spa * Christchurch Casino (open soon) * Christchurch Airport * Akaroa Dolphins * Canterbury Leisure Tours * Hiking NZ * Rubicon Valley Horse Treks * Tamaki Heritage Experience * Willowbank Wildlife Reserve * Ko Tane – The Maori Experience * Alpine Recreation * Canterbury Trails * Akaroa Cooking School * The Grand Restaurant * Encounter Kaikoura * Para Pro * Kotane * Willowbank * SRS Perfect Health & Beauty * Pacific Cycle Tours * Alpine Expeditions * Kowhai Tours * Christchurch Sightseeing Tours * Southern DC3 * Akaroa Fishing * Airport Rentals * Christchurch Tours Group * Air Force Museun * Continental Catering * Akaroa French Connection * Lyttelton Information Centre * Canterbury Aviation * Curators House * Bensons Café and Restaurant * Waimak River Horse Treks * Ballantynes * APEX Car Rentals (contact 03 366 6072) * International Antarctic Centre * Whalewatch Kaikoura * Black Cat Group * ANZED Rentals * Knitworks * SkyDive Kaikoura * Orana Wildlife * The Bone Dude * Gold Band Taxis * Truste Rentals * Pacific Tourways * Canterbury Limousine Tours * Jet Thrills Alpine Jet * International Antarctic Centre * Mt Cook Alpine Salmon * Leopard Coachlines * A-Class Sailing Akaroa * St Germain Restaurant * Ascot Rentals * Clearwater Golf * Tanks for Everything * Pegasus Sports & Golf Club * Adventure Trail Rides * She Chocolat * The Court Theatre * Snowman Shuttles * Home Hosting * Akaroa Visitors Centre (awaiting approval) * Gondola Shuttle * Orana Shuttle * Airport Shuttles & Mini Cabs * Ko Tane & Willlowbank Shuttle * Blackcat Shuttle (from Victoria Square) * Jucy Rentals * Apollo Motor Home Rentals * Riccarton Market * Adrenalin Forest
Other Tourism Business Services * Vbase * Convention Centre * TownHall * CBS Arena * AMI Stadium * Shipleys Audio Visual * Beck & Caul * Conference Innovators * IEI Language School * Event Impressions * Harding Consultants * House of Travel * HOT Rugby * Playtime Promotions * Theme Pro * Christchurch College of English * Eventionz * GEO Tours * The Conference Company