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Rentals to be driven out of Kaikoura

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 4/12/2016

Rental vehicles abandoned in Kaikoura since the 7.8 quake are on the move.

More than 300 rental vehicles are in the coastal town that was cut off by the quake on November 14.

A first convoy of 80 of them will leave Kaikoura on the inland road that has been cleared while State Highway 1 remains covered in debris.

The campervans, cars and coaches owned by about 15 companies were left behind when visitors left Kaikoura on helicopters and a naval vessel following the quake.

A number of Kaikoura locals have volunteered to help drive the vehicles out, along with members of the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association who will travel into Kaikoura to drive them to Christchurch.

Drivers will be given health and safety briefings before they join the convoy.

"Many rental vehicle operators provided replacement vehicles so customers could continue their holidays. Now they are keen to get these vehicles out of Kaikoura to meet booking commitments," Tourism Industry Aotearoa chief executive Chris Roberts says.

All the vehicles should be out of Kaikoura by the end of next week.

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