Road - SH1 Update

Kia Ora from the Kaikoura Kayaks Team.

SH1 is OPEN!

State Highway 1 (SH1) North and South of Kaikoura is open between the hours of 7:30am to 7:30pm daily.

If traveling on SH1 North (Picton to Kaikoura) please allow a minimum of 2 1/2 hours.

The alternative route is via State Highways SH63, St Arnaud-Murchison (SH6), Lewis Pass (SH65 and SH7), Hanmer Springs (SH7a) then Waiau and on to the Inland Road - Route 70. Open 24/7.

For real time information on road conditions freephone 0800 44 44 49 or click on the link below....please do not rely on Google Maps or your GPS!

The Inland Road - Route 70 (Christchurch to Kaikoura) is open 24/7 with unrestricted access both ways.

To access the Inland Road route 70 from Christchurch turn left off SH1 on to SH7 (Alpine Pacific Triangle) at Waipara North of Christchurch.

Average journey times from Christchurch to Kaikoura on the Inland Route 70 are 3 - 3.5 hrs, delays can occur due to road works increasing the travel time. 

Please note S.H.1 may close at short notice when it rains or in bad weather and is advisable to check this website

Travel time Christchurch to Kaikoura (SH 1) is approximately 3 hours but delays can occur due to road works, please take this into consideration.

Intercity Group ( Bus Service ) is operating daily. 

Departs Christchurch 7:00 am - Arrives Kaikoura 9:40 am

Departs Kaikoura 3:50 pm - Arrives Christchurch 6:25 pm

Kaikoura Express  ( Bus Service ) is operating daily.

Departs Christchurch at 8:30am & departs Kaikoura at 4:30pm.  

Please note, bus departure times make it possible to book a 12:30 pm "Seal Kayaking" tour on a day trip to Kaikoura.

We will drop you at the Bus Stop at 3:30 pm afterwards to connect back to Christchurch if traveling with Intercity.

The majority of the accommodation, restaurants, bars and shops in Kaikoura are open, its business as usual.

For accommodation options please contact the Kaikoura i-Site, or 03 319 5641 or link

We really appreciate your booking with us, the Kaikoura community looks forward to seeing you! and we are excited to kayak with you soon.

Kia Kaha - Stay Strong!


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