Kaikoura - detailed updates
For detailed regional and product information, please read on.
Road access to Kaikoura:
SH1 south from Kaikoura to Christchurch: CLOSED (due to reopen mid-May 2017)
SH1 north from Kaikoura to Clarence/Picton: CLOSED (due to reopen before 25 December 2017)
Inland Route SH70 between Hanmer Springs and Kaikoura: OPEN
Travel between Christchurch and Picton via sH70 takes approximately 7.5 hours. This route is very scenic and there are great places to stop along the way. Click here
to download a map and refer to the links below for information from various sources about what to see and do en route.
Number of accommodation providers open: 65 (83%)
Number of activity providers open: 40 (91%)
Number of retail, cafe and general services open: 91 (88%)
Whale Watch: operating daily (2-3 times around tides - see below for timetable links)
Dolphin Encounter and Albatross Encounter: operating daily (around tides)
to download the latest Destination Kaikoura operator contact spreadsheet.
You will find more detailed updates from tourism providers by following the links below.