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Night-time work to install a permanent rockfall protection canopy on SH1 between Peketā and the Parititahi Tunnels south of Kaikōura has been extended to mid-May 2021 (weather depending).

SH1 south of Kaikōura night closures timetable

Night closures are taking place five nights a week (Sunday to Thursday) until the work is complete. Traffic will be cleared through at certain times as scheduled below.

Timetable updated Wednesday 7 April 2021.

Time Road status
8:00pm–8:30pm ROAD CLOSED for 30 minutes.
8:30pm–9:00pm ROAD OPEN for 30 minutes.
9:00pm–11:30pm ROAD CLOSED
11:30pm ROAD OPEN to clear queued traffic only. Traffic MUST be in the queue by 11:30pm to be let through.
11:30pm–3:00am ROAD CLOSED
3:00am–4:00am ROAD OPEN for one hour.
4:00am–6:30am ROAD CLOSED
6:30am-8:00pm ROAD OPEN (6am on Mondays).

Download SH1 south of Kaikōura night closures timetable [PDF, 46 KB]

Detour routes

If you need to travel during the closure times and don’t want to time their travel to the set re-opening times, the Inland Road via Waiau (Route 70) is open 24/7 and would be the detour for light vehicles.

The alternative route for heavy vehicles between Blenheim and Waipara would be via SH7, SH65, SH6 and SH63. This route is open 24/7 and takes about 6.5 hours to travel.

Planning your journey

To plan your journey and for updates on delays, roadworks and road closures go to our Journey Planner website or call 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49). link)

Check at least two hours before travel and when you’re on the road.

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WARNING: Google Maps sometimes displays State Highway 1 status incorrectly. Do not always rely on your GPS for accurate journey information.

Rockfall protection canopy night closures

Work to install permanent rockfall protection south of Kaikōura, with night closures started mid-August 2020 to help minimise disruption to the majority of road users during the daytime and at weekends.

Removing loose rock at a rockfall prone corner south of Kaikōura

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