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State Highway 1 (SH1) from Picton-Kaikoura-Christchurch RE-OPENS
Posted on November 6, 2017 by APTC in APTC New Zealand

State Highway 1 (SH1) from Picton-Kaikoura-Christchurch RE-OPENS for daytime travel (from 7.00am-8.00pm) on Friday 15 December 2017.

While it’s good news to have a confirmed date for the reopening, it’s important that road users are aware that the rebuild will not be completed. There will be some unsealed surfaces, lane closures and stop/go at sites along the route. The road will also be closed overnight. All travellers to take care driving and drive to the allocated speed limits (safety for vehicles and workers). Allow 5 ½ hours driving time from Picton to Christchurch (pre-quake driving time 4 ½ hours). Note: There will be one section of one-lane roadworks between Peketa and Oaro where there will be a 15-20minute delay/stop. SH1 will be safe for driving for coaches, campervans, motorhomes, rental vehicles, private vehicles (with trailers and boats) and trucks at the allocated speed limits. There will be 30km, 50km and 80km speed limit sections.

Please share with all your networks onshore and offshore. In addition to tourism networks, we would appreciate you sharing with your regional Chamber of Commerce, Retail Association, University, Polytechnic and other big business networks. It is very important we keep as many people as possible informed about the current status of SH1 and the re-opening of SH1 North road from Picton/Blenheim-Kaikoura-Christchurch road on Friday 15 December 2017.


  • SH1 North road is currently CLOSED. Re-opens Friday 15 December 2017
    SH1 South road from Christchurch to Kaikoura is only OPEN on Fri, Sat, Sun and Mondays. On Tues, Wed, Thursdays travellers need to drive via the Mt Lyford Inland Route 70 road. From Christchurch Airport, allow 3 ½ hours one-way.
  • SH1 South to Christchurch is OPEN for travel on Fri, Sat, Sun and Mon through to 15 December from 7.00am-8.00pm excluding the following extra closure dates.
  • SPECIAL CLOSURE DATES for SH1 South: Road closed all week Mon-Fri from 6-10 Nov and 20-24 November 2017.
  • The Inland Route 70 road is OPEN 24/7. Travel to Waiau and TURN LEFT onto Inland Route 70 road. Please ask all travellers you know of to take care driving on the road. It is quite windy and there are still sections of roadworks being completed.
  • The Alternate Highway (SH 63, 6, 65, 7) from Picton-Christchurch is still the major route to travel before 15 December 2017.
  • Ohau Point seal colony and waterfall viewing will not be completed for viewing in the 2017/2018 summer season. There is still more remedial work to be done.
  • All marine life is fine, great viewings of whales, dolphins, seals and birds in 2017
  • 93% tourism activity/attractions are open – advise booking Whale Watch Kaikoura and Dolphin Encounter trips in advance to avoid disappointment and
  • 92% retail, café and general services are open
  • 80% accommodation providers are open – advise booking accommodation in advance to avoid disappointment
  • New 60km section cycleway and walkway between Okiwi Bay and Mangamaunu development commences January 2018

Kaikoura looks forward to welcoming visitors back. It is important to book accommodation in advance to avoid disappointment. Visit for options, call/email the Kaikoura i-SITE on +64 3 319 5641or or contact the accommodator from the spreadsheet attached.

Please suggest to travellers they check out before commencing travel. Thank you for your ongoing support. Cheers Glenn Ormsby, General Manager, Destination Kaikoura   (


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