New Zealand is cleaning up after a powerful 7.1 magnitude shook the city of Christchurch on the South Island on Sept. 4.

However, more than 98% of the city’s tourism activities, attractions and accommodations were open for business within three days of the quake, the city’s second-largest on record.

The quake ruptured gas, water and sewage lines and temporarily cut off power supplies. No deaths were reported.

Most of the city’s famous Gothic structures were "relatively unscathed," according to Tourism New Zealand.

Christchurch Airport, along with rental car operations, the port, taxis, buses and train routes are back in operation. Sporting events are taking place as scheduled.

Christchurch Arts Centre, the Copthorne Hotel Christchurch Durham Street and several downtown shops remain closed.

The historic Otahuna Lodge outside Christchurch sustained damage to its chimneys and roof and will be closed for repairs until Nov. 14. The lodge was built in 1895 as a private homestead and was named a Relais & Chateaux member in 2007. It is listed as New Zealand Historic Place Trust Landmark.

Tourism New Zealand CEO Kevin Bowler attributed New Zealand’s "high levels of earthquake preparedness and strong infrastructure" as the reasons behind Christchurch’s quick response to restoration of services in the affected areas.

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