Waikoura Springs

Freshwater Crayfish 

and Poultry Farm

Subtitle

EFFECTS OF KAIKOURA 2016 EARTHQUAKE on Waikoura Springs.


Mill Road is a drained swamp.  It is sedimentary soil, but with isolated shingle fans stemming from historic flooding of the Kohwai River.   Our buildings, and one immediate neighbour’s home, are on a shingle fan, hearsay of the pre flood protection 1890s.  Hence unlike some other dwellings in Mill Road, ours survived the earthquake structurally intact.


The land rose 6 feet in the earthquake. We can now see the sea from the letterbox; and Lyell Creek, running through our property, now has a higher median flow rate.


We did suffer contents damage, had various immediate needs, challenges, and for upgrades in case of the next natural disaster. That list was dynamic, had priority, but is virtually completed.


We lost some koura stock.  Hence we have resisted selling koura so as to hold back for broodstock.


Our visitor centre suffered damage.  It was becoming inadequate for present tourist numbers, and hence was an opportunity for an upgrade.