Planning your drive between Picton and Christchurch
After extensive re-building post-earthquake in November 2016, the northern section of State Highway 1 will re-open from Friday, December 15th, 2017. This now means that you may now choose to travel the direct coastal highway route from Picton through to Christchurch via Kaikoura should you wish to this summer.
It is important to note that whilst this direct link between Picton and Christchurch has re-opened, the road will not be open 24 hours a day. Sections north (21kms between Clarence and Mangamaunu) and south (8kms between Peketa and Goose Bay) of Kaikoura will close at 8.30pm in the evening, and then re-open again at 7am the following morning.
To stay up-to-date with the most current information regarding this section of State Highway 1 and any other significant changes concerning this route; please visit nzta.govt.nz/p2c or alternatively you may call 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49).
SH1 Direct: Picton to Christchurch via Kaikoura (or vice versa) – approx. 5.5 hours travel time.
Picton to Blenheim (SH1), Blenheim to Kaikoura (SH1), Kaikoura to Christchurch (SH1).
Alternate Route: Picton to Christchurch via Blenheim (or vice versa) – approx. 6.5 hours travel time.
Picton to Blenheim (SH1), Blenheim to St Arnaud (SH62), St Arnaud to Murchison (SH6), Murchison Lewis Pass to Hanmer Springs (SH65 and SH7 and SH7a), Hanmer Springs to Christchurch (SH7 and SH1).