Serious crash north of Kaikōura – highway could be closed till mid afternoon


A serious crash between two vehicles around 6 am today, with one person confirmed dead by NZ Police, may keep SH1 closed north of Kaikōura till mid this afternoon.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency says north-bound drivers should take the Lewis Pass route via Waipara (SH7) north of Christchurch and coming south from Picton, SH6 and SH63 (St Arnaud) onto Murchison and Springs Junction.

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3pm update: The highway is now open to single lane at the crash site with Stop/Go traffic management. Drivers should anticipate delays until the highway is fully reopened later today.