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Last updated 22 August 2018.

About the Kaikōura coast safety and resilience work

This work signifies a $200 million investment along the Kaikōura coast that will make it safer for everyone travelling in the area. It will also provide better and safer access for enjoying the coastal environment.

Residents and visitors to the area will be able to enjoy improved and enhanced parking, and access to key visitor destinations along the route. There will also be better amenities such as public toilets and panels telling stories about this iconic stretch of coastline.

While our teams are working along the coastal corridor to rebuild the transport networks, it’s a great opportunity to deliver work in a way that minimises impact and maximises potential.

Watch a short video about the safety and resilience work along the Kaikōura coast road.


Safety is a top priority for this work which includes widening shoulders, putting up safety barriers, creating safe stopping areas, and separating cyclists and pedestrians from road traffic where possible.

As well as making the road safer and improving journey time reliability, the work will also bring benefits to the region by supporting tourism growth, and encouraging people to stay for longer.

Expected timeframe

We’re currently in the design stage. At this stage work will begin later in 2018 and will finish in late 2019.

The first area we expect to complete is Ōhau Point in October 2018.

Safe stopping area concept designs

Click on the thumbnail images below to view a larger version of each of the safe stopping area concept designs, or you can download them as a PDF here [PDF, 1.8 MB]

If you have any feedback on the concept designs please email

Finding out the facts

We're developing a series of updates on the planned safe stopping areas along the Kaikōura coast to answer some commonly asked questions.