About our roads
Council maintains 208km of local roads and 40 bridges in our district. Approximately half of our roads are sealed. Of the bridges, 32 are single lane and 6 apply weight restrictions. Waka Kotahi (NZTA) owns and maintains State Highway One, which includes Churchill Street and Beach Road (within the township). The Council also maintains approximately 36km of footpaths and over 400 streetlights.
Speed Management Plan Consultation
Kaikoura District Council invites feedback on its Speed Management Consultation Plan which outlines proposed changes to speed limits on the roads controlled by Council.
These proposed changes include reductions of speed limits on roads that are around schools or essential medical services, are intensively used by tourists, will be affected by significant development, or are unsealed. In particular in this last category it is proposed that speed limits on unsealed roads are generally reduced to 80km/hr.
Further details of the proposed changes can be obtained below
Key Issues identified LTP 2021-31
The Long‐Term Plan 2021‐2031 (the LTP) identified a significant backlog of road rehabilitation and reseal work, and made the commitment to address the backlog over the ten years of the LTP with an additional $5m to be spent over the 10 year period.
In 2021/2022, the first year of the LTP, just over $1.96 million was spent in road renewals and improvements for the year – more than double the usual spend in the years before the earthquake. Substantial reseals and road rehabilitation was completed on Hawthorne, Red Swamp, Mill, Mt Fyffe, Postmans and Schoolhouse Roads, resulting in 20% of the sealed road network being resurfaced in 2021-22. We look forward to updating you on the rural reseals that we achieved in 2022-23.