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Area Warning: State Highway 1 south of Kaikoura between Ferniehurst and Peketa - 30-minute daytime delays

Delays: Area Warning

State Highway 1 south of Kaikoura between Ferniehurst and Peketa - 30-minute daytime delays

Schedule Road Closures

Detour route
Inland Rd Route 70
Last updated
14 Jun 2021 7:00am


Work to complete the 110-metre rockfall canopy between Peketā and the Parititahi Tunnels south of Kaikōura will now finish end-June (subject to weather).

The 30-minute daytime delays (Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm) will continue for another couple of weeks, with traffic cleared in both directions after each closure.

Abseilers will undertake some final tensioning and grouting work, and then the temporary rockfall mesh on the hillside can be removed by helicopter – marking the completion of this complex piece of safety work.

Thank you for your ongoing patience as we complete this complex piece of safety work – and especially to those who live in the surrounding communities and travel through every day - we're on the home stretch. To keep up to date with this work or for any other information, please email

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. 


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