The NZ Transport Agency has closed State Highway 1 south of Kaikōura after 1pm today due to rockfall risk, triggered by the rain and winter weather hitting the coastline. The closure is between Peketa and Oaro.
South Island drivers, in the alpine areas and the lower half of the island should be on the lookout for black ice and slippery conditions as a cold front sweeps up the country today, says the NZ Transport Agency’s Network Operations Manager Tresca Forrester.
Southland, Otago and the alpine passes of the South Island have had snowfalls and freezing temperatures in the past 24 hours with potentially more overnight. Wet and icy road conditions are likely in many areas of the southern South Island Thursday morning.
The NZ Transport Agency is urging drivers to consider delaying journeys south of Christchurch or north of Dunedin today, with significant flooding on SH1 and local roads in South Canterbury and along SH1 Coastal Otago from Timaru to Dunedin.
The NZ Transport Agency is reminding drivers to slow down and take extra care on South Island roads today with heavy overnight and morning rain causing surface flooding throughout Tasman, Marlborough, Kaikoura coast, and mid and south Canterbury.
The NZ Transport Agency is advising motorists wanting to travel between Taranaki and the Waikato to use an alternative route via State Highway 1 and Whanganui, following the closure of State Highway 3, just south of Mokau.