Flooding Canterbury highways update – 3:15 pm, 30 May, 2021


Persistent, hard rainfall over Canterbury has closed a number of state highways today. Others are being watched and may be closed if surface flooding continues and as night approaches with reduced visibility.

“Please avoid travelling through South and Mid Canterbury and postpone your trips wherever possible on all these routes,” says Tresca Forrester, Journey Manager for Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency.


People planning to travel through Kaikōura on SH1 should check the highway traffic map before heading off. More rain is forecast for later today and it is possible this highway could close overnight.

People can check the traffic map for changes later this afternoon and overnight

Traffic map(external link)

“Please check your local councils’ Facebook pages for specific information and avoid travelling along these flooded routes today,” says Ms Forrester.

https://www.facebook.com/TimaruDC/(external link)

https://www.facebook.com/AshburtonDC/(external link)

https://www.facebook.com/ChristchurchCityCouncil/(external link)