Road - SH1 Update

Kia Ora from the Kaikoura Kayaks Team.

For real time information on road conditions freephone 0800 44 44 49 or click on the link below....

The Inland Road - Route 70 (Christchurch to Kaikoura) is open 24/7 with unrestricted access both ways and is the guaranteed way to reach Kaikoura.

To access the Inland Road route 70 from Christchurch turn left off SH1 on to SH7 (Alpine Pacific Triangle) at Waipara North of Christchurch.

Average journey times from Christchurch to Kaikoura on the Inland Route 70 are 3 - 3.5 hrs, delays can occur due to road works increasing the travel time. 

SH1 from Christchurch to Kaikoura (South) is open from 7am to 6pm daily, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday to all traffic.

SH1 South of Kaikoura will be closed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with convoy's for locals only at 7am and 6pm.

Road users will need to use the Waiau/ Mt Lyford Inland Route 70 during the weekday closure times and overnight when the state highway is closed.

Please note S.H.1 may closed at short notice when it rains or in bad weather and is advisable to check this website

Travel time is approximately 2.5- 3 hours but delays can occur due to road works, please take this into consideration.

Intercity Group ( Bus Service ) have reinstated their return coach service between Christchurch and Kaikoura. 

Departs Christchurch 7:00 am - Arrives Kaikoura 9:40 am

Departs Kaikoura 3:50 pm - Arrives Christchurch 6:25 pm

Please note, departure times make it possible to book a 12:30 pm "Seal Kayaking" tour on a day trip to Kaikoura.

We will drop you at the Bus Stop at 3:30 pm afterwards to connect back to Christchurch.

If traveling from Picton to Kaikoura please use the alternative Picton-Blenheim (SH63), St Arnaud-Murchison (SH6), Lewis Pass (SH65 and SH7), Hanmer Springs (SH7a) then Waiau and on to the Inland Road - Route 70.

The majority of the accommodation, restaurants, bars and shops in Kaikoura are open, its business as usual.

For accommodation options please contact the Kaikoura i-Site, or 03 319 5641 or link

We really appreciate your booking with us, the Kaikoura community needs your support and look forward to kayaking with you soon.

Kia Kaha - Stay Strong!


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