Kaikoura - detailed updates
For detailed regional and product information, please read on.
Road access to Kaikoura:
between Picton and Christchurch: OPEN
- please take extra care as there will still be roadworks along two sections of SH1. These have 30, 50 and 80 km/ph speed restrictions in place.
For up to date information on the road leading into and out of Kaikoura, please visit www.kaikoura.co.nz
Inland Route SH70 between Hanmer Springs and Kaikoura: OPEN - please take extra care on these roads
SH1 information guide
- what to expect driving between Picton and Christchurch
Plan your journey
- upper South Island travel guide
(in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Arabic and Bahasa Indonesian)
- to help you as agents answer questions about travelling around the upper South Island
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.
93% of tourism activity/attractions are open
92% of retail, cafe and general services are open
Kaikoura Marina - reopened 14 November 2017
Whale Watch: operating at full capacity
Dolphin Encounter and Albatross Encounter: operating at full capacity
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.