With all the natural disasters that have befallen the world in 2011, both in NZ and beyond, it’s not surprising that many people are concerned that their holiday destination should be as safe from volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, etc, as possible.
An article in the current issue of The Listener reports that, in all of New Zealand, Oamaru is just about the safest place you can think of. The last volcanic activity took place 20 million years ago, during the Oligocene epoch, and the last seismic activity took place 125,000 years ago. And since the town lies mostly on hills overlooking the sea, it is also largely safe from tsunamis.
The article states “…while there is the occasional flood, drought or snowstorm, most of these events can be sat out in the wonderful coffee bars, art galleries and pubs of this best-preserved colonial town in New Zealand.” Couldn’t have said it better myself.