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South Island Road Closures

If the GPS in your vehicle says you can travel to Kaikoura on SH1 from Picton or Blenheim, please ignore it – the road is closed.

Upper South Island Travel Guide

State Highway 1 (SH1) is closed to all traffic travelling from Blenheim to Christchurch because of damage caused by the Kaikoura Earthquake in November 2016.

You can travel from Picton/Blenheim to Kaikoura on the alternate route along State Highways 63, 6, 65 and 7, then on the Inland Route 70. You can view a detailed map of these routes here.

If the GPS in your vehicle says you can travel to Kaikoura on SH1 from Picton or Blenheim, please ignore it – the road is closed.

There are also no train services between Picton and Christchurch as the railway line is also damaged and closed. 

SH1 from Kaikoura to Christchurch is open during daylight hours only. Current opening hours are 6am to 8pm. These will change regularly as winter approaches so keep checking the latest road information on the NZ Transport Agency’s website: www.nzta.govt.nz/projects/kaikoura-earthquake-response/ 

Work continues along SH1 from Kaikoura to Christchurch to repair and rebuild the road and rail line following the earthquakes. This can cause delays and closures. Allow plenty of time for your trip. 

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