NCTIR Canopy Project Update


Permanent rockfall protection project, SH1 South of Kaikōura – night closures extending. The NCTIR team are at work completing the rockfall canopy south of Kaikōura.   Night closures continue from Sunday – Thursday with the same opening timetable. To view the timetable please visit or download here.

NCTIR is progressing well with the installation of permanent rockfall protection measures around the rockfall-prone corner between Peketa and Parititahi Tunnels. This work involves installing three separate rockfall solutions around a complex and high-risk 325 metre section which includes: 

  • A 110-metre long, six-metre high canopy which will act as a self-cleaning net that redirects falling rock to a safe zone away from the road
  • A 100-metre long, draped mesh fence
  • A 1-metre high barrier that will act as a low energy catch barrier


Because of difficulties in receiving materials from overseas and the poor ground conditions, night closures will continue until approximately late March. The rockfalls in the area are caused by the fractured nature of the rock, but that is also complicating the construction works.

We understand this will be an inconvenience to many and apologise for the impact these extended closures will have. Thank you again for your support and on-going patience as we complete this essential rockfall protection project.

To keep up to date with this work, or for any other information, please contact NCTIR

  • 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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16 February 2021