A heartfelt message for our kiwi friends from VIP Backpackers

As many of you probably know, a 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck Christchurch earlier this week devastating the beautiful city, bringing down buildings and taking lives.

Our thoughts at VIP Backpackers are therefore with all those in Christchurch but particularly those in our associated network be that the travelers, agencies, hostel staff or owners that live/work/travel there. We truly hope you will see your way through this crisis and recover as best you can as soon as possible.

We particularly send out our best wishes to Base Backpackers that is located in the heart of Christchurch near the Cathedral and a key part of our hostel network in the city. Fortunately the Base staff and all guests were evacuated safely on the day however they do remain shaken up and the building is currently closed, as is the CBD, while rescue workers continue their search and rescue missions.

Base is trying to contact their guests to advise they will not be able to accommodate them. Bookings will be cancelled with no penalty.

We will advise you of their status in the coming weeks.

Our thoughts remain with the people of Christchurch at this time.


Hope you’re enjoying the VIP Backpacker’s Travel Blog. There’ll be an update added every other Friday, so keep tuning in to keep your travel dreams alive! If there are any travel topics you want covered feel free to contact me, Jo, at blog@vipbackpackers.com


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