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Last updated 12 December 2017

Plan your journey between Picton and Christchurch

Welcome to our P2C page – the official travel information source for travel between Picton and Christchurch.


  • Travel from Picton to Christchurch on the alternate route ONLY (via state highways 63, 6, 65 and 7 through Lewis Pass).
  • State Highway 1 reopens Friday 15 December afternoon (daytime travel only).
  • Kaikōura is accessible 24/7 via the Inland Road (Route 70) and via SH1 South when it’s open (check open/closed schedule).

WARNING: Google Maps sometimes displays State Highway 1 status incorrectly

  • SH1 north of Kaikōura is closed between Mangamaunu and Clarence to all traffic.
  • SH1 south of Kaikōura is closed at night between Peketa and Goose Bay. Operating on an open/closed schedule during the day.
  • Check the schedule online (external link) or call 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49).

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