State Highway 1 closed south of Kaikoura, 8km north of the Conway River


The NZ Transport Agency advises drivers travelling on State Highway 1 through Kaikoura/ the Conway River/ Hundalees area to expect delays due to a serious crash.

The crash occurred 8 km north of the Conway River and 5 km southwest of Oaro this afternoon. The Police Serious Crash Unit is attending.

The Transport Agency will be updating the status of the road around 3.45 pm today. Please check facebook(external link) (NZ Transport Agency- South Island) or this page(external link) for updates on road status.


Southbound drivers can use the inland Kaikoura Road and Leader Road, northbound drivers Leader Road and the inland Kaikoura Road. The detour adds an hour to the journey however the closure of the highway could be for several hours. Truck drivers are asked not to take the back route if possible and delay their journeys.

Kaikoura and Cheviot are the nearest towns north and south of the crash for drivers to delay their journey.