I was in Wanaka at the time of the quake - about 400km south west of Christchurch. We were awakened by the quake but most people didn't think much of it in Wanaka because it was just a gentle shake. As it turns out, I was scheduled to return to Christchurch the very next day. Most people in Wanaka seemed dissappointed they missed the quake. By the time I arrived, they had blocked off the entire city centre and no one was allowed in. Everyone wants to get into the city to take pictures and see the damage but they're quite adamant about keeping people out. A 7am to 7pm curfew was imposed and the military was called in to aid the police in keeping me out, errr I mean people out. The place is actually in very good spirits and most people seem to just regard it as a fun and exciting adventure.