COVID-19 SERVICES UPDATE: Information for all alert levels, Waka Kotahi services and more

SCAM ALERTS: Refund email and Vehicle licence (rego) renewal phishing emails

ONLINE SERVICES: We currently have an issue with receiving some payments and are working to resolve this issue as quickly as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience.

EASTER WEEKEND – PLAN AHEAD: Heading away for the long weekend? Check our holiday journeys tool(external link)

Canterbury snow update midday - routes to West Coast both reopened


Both the Lewis Pass route (SH7) and SH73 via Porters Pass and Arthur’s Pass between the West Coast and Canterbury reopened after 11.30 am today.

Heavy snow earlier today closed both routes before 9 am.

'Crews have been working hard to clear these highways this morning, but people need to keep an eye on our Facebook pages or the web links as the situation can change quite quickly,' says Tresca Forrester, NZ Transport Agency Journey Manager.

The restrictions on the Arthur’s Pass SH73 route requiring chains and no towing vehicles have also been lifted, she says.

The inland road to Kaikōura, Route 70, (Waiau to Kaikōura) also closed due to snow from Kaikōura back to Lyford. Checkpoints are in place at Waiau and at Dairy Flat on the seaward side to ensure people do not get stuck. This closure is being updated at 3 pm. (See link) )

More winter weather coming

Lower temperatures over the next few days mean that drivers need to be strongly aware of ice on highways and slow down accordingly, says Ms Forrester. Crews will be gritting and applying de-icing compound to keep routes safely open as much as possible.

More snow and winter weather is forecast heading into the weekend, so Ms Forrester encourages road users to stay up to date and drive well prepared for the conditions.

* For regular emailed updates on South Island highway closures please email the Christchurch Transport Operations Centre to get on their list.

* NZ Transport Agency South Island page for updates: link)

* Canterbury traffic web link here: link)

* Traffic travel pages NZTA for highway updates: link)

* Traffic cameras also give people an idea what to expect: link)

* MetService severe weather warnings: link)

Traffic camera shot Lewis Pass, SH7

Traffic camera shot Lewis Pass, SH7, earlier today

Grit spreading truck on Route 70

Grit spreading truck on Route 70, the inland road to Kaikōura

Approaching Klondyke corner, SH73

Approaching Klondyke corner, SH73 earlier today