I’m sure most people saw the news that NZ was hit with a big earthquake last night – I heard it’s been upgraded to a 7.8!
Its epicenter was on the northeast side of South Island, north of Christchurch. Being such a huge quake though, there were more than 100 aftershocks and was definitely felt in Wellington.
We woke up around midnight to the whole building swaying and shaking. I’ve never felt an earthquake (the irony of growing up in CA but feeling my first one halfway across the world), and at first we weren’t positive what it was. Everyone at the hostel evacuated though and thankfully no one was injured.
All transportation and ferries are closed today, but thankfully I was already planing to be here for a few days. On Thursday I was/am supposed to head to the South Island, to a little town called Kaikoura- on the northeast coast. The town was hit pretty hard though and I’m not sure with the road conditions if I’ll be able to get there. I would love to go and volunteer, but plans may need to change!
On the positive side, yesterday was a perfect day in Wellington. It was supposed to rain today through Thursday, so thankfully I did most of my outside sight seeing yesterday.
I walked to the top of Mt. Victoria, a hill that borders the harbor of Wellington. The views of the city, skyline and harbor are pretty incredible!
The iconic cable car heads up here, and it was neat to see! So similar to San Francisco.