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SH1 information (updated 18 June)

2018.04 NZTA SH1 open

SH1 north and south of Kaikōura have been opened for travel 24/7. Road works are still present and care is required when driving this route. The road remains sensitive to heavy rain and closures will occur if it becomes unsafe to keep the road open.

All travellers should check for the latest updates before they travel.


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Current local roadworks

As the rebuild gains pace you’ll begin to see more roadworks and changes across the District. We’ll do everything we can to keep you up to date. 

Keep updated on planned closures for SH1 here

Hawthorne Bridge: We know how important it is to get Hawthorne Bridge fixed as quickly as possible.  We’re moving as fast as we can. Before we can start building we need to make sure our funders are happy with the design and plans.

Just like all our rebuild work, we’ll work as fast as is safe and affordable and keep you updated as we go.

Road Maintenance: Council signed a new road maintenance contract with Downer in July 2018. Read more here 

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ANZAC Parade Road Closure


This year the Kaikōura Anzac Parade will be held on Thursday 25 April.

As a result the West End will be closed to traffic between 10am - 11.30am from the pay & display carpark and the corner of Killarny Street (the green route shown on the map below). 

Traffic will be able to use the alternative route along Kilarney St, Takahanga Terrace, Torquay and Yarmouth Street (the blue route shown on the map).

ANZAC Road Closure 2019

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Parking rules 

Reminder that there are parking rules and along West End and charging for parking in the West End pay and display carpark. 

The 60 minute time limit for parking in front of businesses is enforced, with cars who overstay the limit given infringement notices. For the West End pay and display carpark, parking fees need be paid and tickets properly displayed. Cars not displaying correct tickets will receive infringement notices. 

Read more about our work to improve our parking 

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Speeding or unsafe driving: 

With the increased traffic on our roads due to the rebuild and NCTIR work, please take extra care. Drive to the conditions and watch your speed. We're working with NCTIR and the police to make sure everything possible is being done to enforce careful and safe driving on our roads - do your part too. Complaints should be referred to the police as soon as possible after they happen. You can:

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Useful links: 

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15 August 2018