Following the Kaikoura earthquake of 2016, State Highway 1 in the upper South Island of New Zealand has been closed for repairs. The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) plans to reopen State Highway 1 (SH1) on Friday 15 December 2017, restoring the coastal highway link between Picton and Christchurch.
Travel Information from NZTA
- The reopening of SH1 will give people two options for travel around the upper South Island, with the alternate route (via Lewis Pass) remaining a reliable 24/7 option. Both routes have their own challenges so people need to think about the best option for them and where they’re heading (and at what time).
- When SH1 re-opens there will be some unsealed surfaces, lane closures and stop/go at remaining works sites along the route. There will also be speed restrictions. Over summer the route will be closed at night in the most earthquake-damaged sections (between Clarence and Mangamaunu, and between Peketa and Goose Bay) as a safety precaution. The opening hours for these sections over summer will be 7am to 8.30pm.
- Whatever route people choose to take, the Transport Agency is urging them to allow plenty of extra time when planning their journeys and to check the latest conditions at least two hours before travel (and at key route decision points when driving) so that they can get to their destination safely in case of delays.
- Information about both routes, including real-time travel links, can be found at www.nzta.govt.nz/p2c or by calling 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49). It’s important to check regularly as things can change.