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One year, one month, one day post-earthquake… State Highway 1 north of Kaikōura reopens.

The recovery effort to restore the transport corridor has been a remarkable team effort. From a disaster response to a collaborative approach in rebuilding infrastructures, the programme has adapted to the dynamic environment and challenges presented by the landscape and harsh weather conditions.

For further information about the re-opening of State Highway 1, visit the Plan your journey page(external link).

December 2017 - SH1 reopens

On 15 December 2017, the isolated communities north of Kaikoura were finally reconnected; Kaikoura and Blenheim residents can visit each other using the restored highway; freight companies can consider another route to link Picton and Christchurch; domestic and international visitors can add the coastal corridor to their itineraries again.

The reopening of SH1 follows the marina milestone in November, when the local community and businesses were reconnected to the ocean one year on after the earthquake.

On SH1, there is still some ongoing work, with unsealed surfaces, lane closures, reduced speed limits and traffic controls. Over summer, the most earthquake-damaged sections will be closed between 8.30pm and 7am.

For further information about the re-opening of State Highway 1 and what to expect on the road, visit the p2c page.

September-November 2017 - milestones achieved

  • Rail – Freight milestone
  • Commemorating the rebuild of the line with a sculpture
  • SH1 – Ohau Point, last in the red zone
  • Road status – Road on track to reopening
  • Travel in the upper South Island
  • The marina

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June-August 2017 – transition from earthquake response to rebuild

  • SH1: Rebuilding the road – a coordinated approach
  • SH1: Improving the road
  • The alternate route
  • Rail – The first work train
  • Kaikōura marina and harbour – work ramping up

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November 2016 – May 2017 – In the beginning…

  • Multiple slips
  • State Highway 1 – a broken corridor
  • The Inland Road – an essential link for Kaikōura
  • The alternate Route – Picton to Christchurch
  • Rail – getting the line back on track
  • Kaikōura marina – keeping the town afloat

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