Whenever there is a world crisis event, all media attention is focused. But besides reporters, not everyone wants to visit. There is unrest in the Middle East right now, and media attention is front and center. It's not a place to visit for independent travelers now.
It's a different situation for New Zealand. South Island's Christchurch, about the size of Lower Manhattan, New York, was hit by a deadly earthquake. Media attention is very high as the cleanup begins. But that should not keep travelers away. The rest of the country is very safe and secure. It's a island nation that relies on tourism in a big way. They love tourists. They love American tourist. So pack your bags and visit New Zealand soon, while it's fall. You'll likely get some screaming deals and have the time of your life.