SH1 Reopening Info

SH1 is due to open for travel between Christchurch and Picton on the 15th December 2017.

NCTIR is the most reliable source of information on the state of the road, travel times etc, there is a wealth of very useful information on their website (see link below)

For real-time travel information, visit
or freephone 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49).

The information below has been provided by them.

Current estimated travel times between Picton and Christchurch

Alternate route(INLAND): A minimum of 6½ hours but allow extra time in case of unexpected delays and so you can stop for regular breaks and support communities along the route.

SH1 from 15 December 2017: A minimum of 5½ hours but allow extra time in case of unexpected delays and so you can stop for regular breaks and support communities along the route.

 WARNING: Google Maps sometimes displays State Highway 1 status incorrectly. SH1 north of Kaikoura is closed between Mangamanu and Clarence to all traffic.SH1 south of Kaikoura is closed at night between Peketa and Goose Bay and is operating an open/closed schedule during the day. Check the schedule online or call 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49).

Train - The Coastal Pacific train service has not yet been reinstated however work is being done to get it reopened by December 2018.


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