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.
- Real time information and updates can be found on the NZ Transport Agency website or by calling the NZTA call centre 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49).
- Estimated journey times from various locations can be found here
- Download the Upper South Island summer map with Alternate Highway information (Information in english, espanol, portugues, francais, deutsch, chinese, japanese, korean, thai, arabic, indonesia.)
- Keep updated on planned closures for SH1 here
Hundalee SH1 underpass (southern approach to Hundalees, 35km South of Kaikōura): Work is expected to begin in the week of 23 July and take 6 - 8 weeks.
The earthquake-damaged bridge is being strengthened, and cracks in its piers fixed. The work involves filling the gap between the bridge‘s columns, so that the infilled walls bear the bridge’s load instead of the original piers.
This a challenging work site, as the construction crew must work under the bridge and immediately adjacent to SH1. While the work area will be fenced, the travelling public can help keep the crew safe by respecting any speed restriction put in place on this section of highway.
From time to time during the repairs, SH1 will be reduced to a single-lane and under traffic management for a short time while formwork is installed or concrete poured.
This work is part of larger programme of work to complete repairs on the Main North Line railway to enable the resumption of day-time freight and passenger services by the end of the year. A number of rail bridges in the Conway area will be under repair over coming months.
Please remember to ‘Expect Trains’ at any time.
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.
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
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.
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:
- Leave a message for NCTIR on 0800 628 4737 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Contact the local police on (03) 319 5038
- Council road maintenance contract
15 August 2018