Kaikōura highway reopens around 5.30pm, snow between Otira and Arthur’s Pass overnight - chains required


SH1 north of Kaikōura is expected to reopen at 5.30 pm tonight after a serious crash after 1pm involving a bus and a car.

Given the back-log of traffic it will be a slow journey north of Kaikōura tonight, says Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency.

The Police Serious Crash Unit will be back on site Saturday so drivers should anticipate Stop/Go manual traffic control and a slower journey through Clarence tonight and Saturday.

Snow Arthur’s Pass – route between West Coast and Canterbury

Snow is falling between Arthur’s Pass and Otira on SH73 late this afternoon.

Drivers need to use chains and no towing vehicles are allowed.

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