Prime Minister John Key has had a "cordial" conversation with US President-elect Donald Trump.
Mr Key was able to speak to Mr Trump on Wednesday morning, after missing several calls on Monday in the wake of the devastating 7.5-magnitude quake.
The pair had been trying to set up a conversation since Mr Trump was elected last week as the next US President.
"The prime minister spoke with President-elect Donald Trump this morning, and they had a very warm and cordial conversation," a spokesman for Mr Key said.
"Mr Trump offered his sympathies for the earthquake, and the prime minister congratulated him on his election.
"They discussed the New Zealand economy, trade and agreed that the relationship between New Zealand and the United States was in great shape."
Mr Key had earlier indicated he wanted to raise the Trans-Pacific Partnership with Mr Trump.
The president-elect is not a supporter of the multi-nation trade deal, which requires support from the US to be ratified.