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Last updated 14 November 2017

Plan your journey between Picton and Christchurch

Welcome to our P2C page (www.nzta.govt.nz/p2c (external link) the official travel information source for travel between Picton and Christchurch.

WARNING: Google Maps is currently displaying State Highway 1 status incorrectly. SH1 is currently closed north of Kaikoura. SH1 south of Kaikōura is closed at night between Peketa and Goose Bay and is operating an open/closed schedule during the day. To check the schedule call 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49).

Currently, you can travel from Picton to Christchurch via the alternate route (via state highways 63, 6, 65 and 7 through Lewis Pass).

Kaikōura is accessible 24/7 via the Inland Road (Route 70) and via SH1 South when it’s open (check open/closed schedule).

If you’re planning your travel now, please check our frequently asked questions about SH1 and the alternate route (which will be updated regularly). If you have any questions you would like us to answer please email info@nctir.com.

Stay up-to-date with travel information

SH1 reopening December 2017

The Transport Agency plans to reopen State Highway 1 (SH1) on Friday 15 December 2017, restoring the coastal highway link between Picton and Christchurch.

The reopening of SH1 will give people two options for travel around the upper South Island:

  1. SH1
  2. The alternate route

Current estimated travel times between Picton and Christchurch

Alternate route: A minimum of 6½ hours but allow extra time in case of unexpected delays and so you can stop for regular breaks and support communities along the route.

SH1 from 15 December 2017: A minimum of 5½ hours but allow extra time in case of unexpected delays and so you can stop for regular breaks and support communities along the route. 

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