October 23, 2017
Berths boost Whale Watch capacity
Whale Watch Kaikoura is celebrating being able to get two of its boats on the water as it heads into the peak summer season.
The Aoraki returned to service last week after 10 months in Wellington.
Last November’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake lifted the seabed and put the Kaikoura marina out of action.
After months of restoration work, the company is now able to use its own berths, rather than use a trailer unit to launch a boat on the public ramp.
Two and a half thousand truck loads of material have been taken out of the marina.
Whale Watch is now running its original fixed timetable of four tours a day, rather than being constrained by tides.
As a reminder of last November’s quake, a 5.4 magnitude jolt struck 10 kilometres west of the town on Sunday afternoon, causing some landslides but no serious damage.
State Highway One to Christchurch is still closed three days a week for repairs, and the route north to Picton won’t reopen until December.
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