Kaikoura - detailed updates

For detailed regional and product information, please read on.

Road access to Kaikoura:
SH1 south from Kaikoura to Christchurch: OPEN Fridays - Mondays 7am-7pm, CLOSED Tuesdays - Thursdays (until December 2017)
SH1 south from Kaikoura to Christchurch special closure dates: Monday 16 October, Friday 20 October, Monday 6 November, Friday 10 November
SH1 north from Kaikoura to Clarence/Picton: CLOSED (due to reopen December 2017)
Inland Route SH70 between Hanmer Springs and Kaikoura: OPEN - please take extra care on these roads
 
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.
 
Tourism operations:
81% of accommodation providers are open
93% of tourism activity/attractions are open
92% of retail, cafe and general services are open
 
Whale Watch: operating daily (2-3 times around tides - see below for timetable links)
Dolphin Encounter and Albatross Encounter: operating daily (around tides)

The new Kaikoura Marina will be officially opened and operational on Tuesday 14 November.

You will find more detailed updates from tourism providers by following the links below.
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