As New Zealand reels from another severe earthquake, the Government wasted no time in instructing contractors to make vital infrastructure highways open - a dangerous undertaking as the land is unstable and there are many ongoing after shocks.
The severe tremors, which are still ongoing, have resulted in millions of cubic metres of rock crashing down,on to the main coastal highway that runs down the west coast of the South Island.
This highway connects with ferries from Wellington, docking at Picton en route to Christchurch. Over 1,000 landslips in total.
This scenic route hugs the coastline with a rail track running alongside for most of the way. There are many tunnels and stretches of highway supported by piles it manoeuvres around the rocky outcrops.
As this photo montage of pictures supplied by the New Zealand Transport Agency shows, the task facing the contractors and engineers will be extremely challenging.