NCTIR Canopy Project Update - Daytime Closures

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SH1 south of Kaikōura will be closed for short periods during the day over the next month (starting Monday 19 April) as crew reach the home stretch of the rockfall canopy work between Peketā and the Parititahi Tunnels. Night closures are continuing under the existing timetable, with exceptions over Anzac Weekend.

From Monday 19 April until Friday 14 May (four weeks), there will be daytime closures of up to 30 minutes between 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday, with traffic being cleared in both directions after each closure.

During these short daytime closures abseilers will be working on the canopy mesh directly above the roadway. There will also be helicopter operations over this time to remove temporary rockfall mesh from the hillside.

We will continue working under the existing night closure schedule, Sunday - Thursday,  Click here for the most up-to-date timetable. but there will be a three-day break over Anzac Weekend with no closures (Friday 23 to Sunday 25 April). On Monday 26 April from 8pm to 11:30pm, there will be closures of 30 minutes maximum, with traffic being cleared in both directions after each closure. The usual road closure timetable will resume from 11:30pm.

Thank you all for your incredible patience as we complete this essential safety work. To keep up to date with this work, or for any other information, please email

SouthernLink night closures in the Hundalees
SouthernLink is undertaking some repairs and maintenance this week in the Hundalees from Sunday 11 April - Monday 19 April (with Tuesday as a weather contingency). For more information about this work please contact Downer on 0800 444 449. 

SouthernLink's night closures will be timed to coincide with NCTIR's (leaving time for motorists to get between sites before the road closes). SouthernLink will also be working on a Sunday - Thursday closure schedule, and leaving the road open on Friday/Saturday nights..

Thank you all for your patience and understanding as NCTIR complete this piece of safety work. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

  • Send an email to:
  • Call us or leave a voice message via freephone: 0800 628 4737 (NCTIR EQ) and someone will return your call as soon as possible.

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13 April 2021