Kia Kaha Kaikoura

Department of Conservation —  17/11/2016

During the recent events this week, our thoughts are with the people of Kaikoura and everyone affected by Monday’s quake.

Top of the South Island from space. Image: ©NASA

Top of the South Island from space. Image: NASA

DOC is currently checking our huts, tracks and structures following Monday’s earthquake and subsequent aftershocks in North Canterbury. Most DOC facilities and tracks seem to be unharmed at this stage.

People are urged to stay away from all DOC managed tracks and conservation areas in South Marlborough and Kaikoura until further notice as we still have to assess damage. Caution is urged in other quake affected areas. The rest of the country is open and it is business as usual.

Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway.

Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway. Image: Shellie Evans ©

It is clear from reports that the earthquakes have also had an impact upon wildlife, including seals, penguins and seabirds. Researchers will check the seal and seabird colonies once it is safe to do so.

You will find all of DOC’s updates from earthquake affected areas on our website.

One response to Kia Kaha Kaikoura


    Definitely a tragedy for our wildlife.