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Area Warning: State Highway 1 south of Kaikoura between Ferniehurst and Peketa - Night Closures

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State Highway 1 south of Kaikoura between Ferniehurst and Peketa - Night Closures

Schedule Road Closures

Detour route
Inland Rd Route 70
Last updated
10 Mar 2021 12:48pm

Night-time work to install a permanent rockfall protection canopy continues on SH1 between Peketā and the Parititahi Tunnels south of Kaikōura.

Night closures are taking place five nights a week (Sunday to Thursday) until the work is complete. Traffic will be cleared through at certain times (see timetable below).

State Highway 1, south of Kaikoura, between Ferniehurst and Peketa 

  • Road users are advised to allow a minimum of 5.5 hours to travel between Christchurch and Picton on State Highway 1.  There are multiple roadwork sites, speed restrictions and sections of road that will be under Stop/Go operation
  • When State Highway 1 north of Kaikoura is closed motorists travelling from Christchurch to Picton are advised to use the alternate route between Blenheim and Waipara via SH7, SH65, SH6, SH63. This route is open 24/7 and takes about 6.5 hours to travel.
  • The Inland Route 70 into Kaikoura via Waiau/Mt Lyford will remain open during any closures of SH1 to the south. It also has a number of worksites in place. Road-users are advised to allow up to 3 hours from Christchurch to Kaikoura using this route.
  • Road users plan ahead for their journeys.
  • Please note the road may close at short notice due to weather conditions. 

The table below effective from 15 January 2021.

For up to date SH1 route information visit the project page here: