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Work on a permanent rockfall protection canopy south of Kaikōura is in its final stages with the last of the night closures happening on Thursday 10 June. Daytime delays will continue for a few more weeks with set times to clear traffic.

The 30-minute daytime delays (Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm) include set opening times where the queues are cleared for local commuters throughout the day (10:30am, 12:30pm, 3:30pm).

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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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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