Kaikōura’s road access was disrupted by last November’s earthquake and repair work is still taking place. The current road situation looks like this:
SH1 South (Christchurch – Cheviot – Kaikōura) is open 7.00am to 6.00pm Friday – Monday, with scheduled closures on Tues/Wed/Thurs for repair work. Inland Route 70 (Christchurch – Hanmer Springs – Kaikōura) is open 24/7. SH1 North (Kaikōura – Picton) is closed until December 2017.
P.S. Visit Kaikōura as part of our 7 Day Road Cycle Tour Top of the South Island. This Grade 2 ride starts in Christchurch and takes you over the Southern Alps to the West Coast, before heading to Nelson and the beautiful Marlborough Sounds. There’s time for a visit to some of Marlborough’s top vineyards before you make your way to Kaikōura, where you can round off your tour with a whale watching expedition. Read all the details here.