NCTIR Canopy Project Update


The NCTIR team are back to work completing the rockfall canopy south of Kaikōura.   Night closures have commenced and continue Sunday – Thursday with the same opening timetable. To view the timetable please visit or download here.

From Tuesday 26 January to Friday 29 January, between 9am-5pm, the team will be undertaking shotcreting (sprayable concrete) onto the milled areas to strengthen the existing shotcrete layer and increase its resiliency.  These areas were milled to allow larger vehicles to pass each other on this corner more safely. The road will be closed for periods of 10 - 30 minutes, it will then be opened to clear traffic from both directions. We anticipate average delay times to be 20-25 minutes depending on when you arrive in the queue.

There will be potential shorter road closures at the end of January whilst we carry out heliops to install canopy meshing, but this will be confirmed closer to the time.

Waitangi Weekend: The road will open as usual at 6.30am on Friday 5 February. There will be no night closures on Friday 5 February, Saturday 6 February or Sunday 7 February. From 7pm – 11pm on Monday 7 February, there will be maximum 30 minute closures, with traffic being cleared both ways after each closure.  The road will close at 11pm.  At 11.30pm, the road will open to clear any traffic in the queue, and close again until the 3-4am opening window.  The road will then not open until 6.30am and the usual road closure timetable resumes.

NCTIR thank you for your continued patience whilst they complete this work.

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

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  • 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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20 Janurary 2020