A truck became stuck/ tipped over but still upright at the single lane section of Waipapa Bay, north of Kaikōura, SH1 before 3 pm today.
The road is closed between Clarence and Mangamaunu and Picton to Christchurch traffic is being redirected at each end onto the Alternate Route, the Lewis Pass. Crews are working to clear traffic out of the SH1 corridor slowly and carefully around the truck site and the truck will be righted as soon as possible.
The Alternate State Highway 1, Lewis Pass, is the official detour.
SH1 through Kaikōura was due to close tonight at 8.30 pm and will reopen at 7 am tomorrow.
Update: Saturday, 6 January 2018 - 5:00 p.m.
SH1 north of Kaikōura, Mangamaunu to Clarence is now back in action, traffic rolling, people should expect some delays while the backlog clears and take their time.
SH1 either side of Kaikōura closes tonight at 8.30 pm and reopens at 7 am tomorrow.