Two people were killed in the magnitude-7.5 quake that struck the South Island early on Monday.
A local state of emergency has been declared for the region of Canterbury, which is home to the areas hardest hit by the quake.
Another navy vessel, the HMNZS Wellington, had also arrived off the coast and surveyed the harbour area, while the frigate HMNZS Te Kaha and tanker HMNZS Endeavour are due to arrive on Thursday. Several hundred people were airlifted out Tuesday as strong aftershocks continue to shake the region.
The natural disaster struck not far from Christchurch, the largest city on the country's south island, where 185 died in February 2011 after a 6.3-magnitute quake hit the area.
A gauge at Kaikoura, 181 (112 miles) north of Christchurch, measured a wave of 2.5m in the early hours of the morning, according to Weatherwatch.co.nz. New Zealand Prime Minister John Key last month approved the visit by the conventionally powered Sampson.
Pacom commander Navy Adm. Harry Harris said that the USS Sampson has two MH-60R Seahawk helicopters on board the warship to help in the evacuation efforts.
Key said he missed a call with US President-elect Donald Trump during the hectic aftermath of the quake. Three other helicopters joined on Tuesday and evacuated 85 Chinese tourists, including those from Taiwan and Hong Kong.
They spent a terrifying night in their coach.
"They were very fortunate that they happened to be in a place that didn't break up too much", Mllton said.
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His tribe, Ngai Tahu, runs a fishing company of the same name.
The plight of the cattle - two adults and a calf - captured worldwide attention Monday night after footage shot from a helicopter showed them looking bewildered on an outcrop surrounded by mini-cliffs of mud.
Railway tracks of the main trunk railway line are displaced by a massive landslide that also blocks State Highway One following an quake on the coastline, north of Kaikoura, New Zealand Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. A p.
Power and water is expected to be restored to the community of Waiau later on Wednesday.
"Material can move at any time", it said in warning people to be cautious. It also said that there have been scores of landslides in the region following rain and floods. But it has brought generators, satellite communications, an inflatable shelter and water supplies to Kaikoura. Instead they are bypassing that and will head to the town of Kaikoura to assist with the quake response.
A further three New Zealand warships are also involved and Wellington has accepted unspecified aid from Japan and Singapore.
A birds-eye view of the house shows the driveway cut down the middle, feet away from where it used to be.
"I feel really lucky to have stayed in Picton for a few extra days, as I would have had to abandon Doris the camper and get airlifted or boated out", she said.