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Seafest and SH1 road opening/closing times 

SH1 south to Chch will be open 7am until 8pm Friday 6th, Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th October to help people travelling to and from Kaikoura Seafest

State Highway 1 and Route 70 Updates can be found on the NZ Transport Agency website (bear in mind some updates may take a while to trickle through). Travellers can also call 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49) to speak to the NZTA call centre team either before travelling or when you’re on the road. 

NZTA committed to getting SH1 open by Christmas

More details on what people should expect to see (and when) should be available from NZTA the week of 16 October.

This project requires geotechnical, construction and earth-removal work to be done in a narrow road and rail corridor, with high environmental value, and with ongoing seismic instability and weather-related slips. It is always going to be hard to estimate exactly how long it will take to reopen the highway safely. However, the NCTIR team remains committed to reopening for Christmas. 

Current local roadworks (updated 26 September):

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. However, it’s a big, fast moving job so please be patient.


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