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Last updated 13 August 2019

About the Kaikōura coast safety and resilience work

This work signifies a $200 million investment along the Kaikōura coast that will make it safer for everyone travelling in the area. It will also provide better and safer access for enjoying the coastal environment.

Residents and visitors to the area will be able to enjoy improved and enhanced parking, and access to key recreational destinations along the route. There will also be better amenities such as public toilets.

While our teams are working along the coastal corridor to rebuild the transport networks, it’s a great opportunity to deliver work in a way that minimises impact and maximises potential.

Watch a short video about the safety and resilience work along the Kaikōura coast road.


Safety is a top priority for this work which includes widening shoulders, putting up safety barriers, creating safe stopping areas, and separating cyclists and pedestrians from road traffic where possible.

As well as making the road safer and improving journey time reliability, the work will also bring benefits to the region by supporting tourism growth, and encouraging people to stay for longer.

Expected timeframe

The first area completed was Ōhau Point in October 2018.

Work begun on the other areas in late 2018 and is expected to finish in late 2019.

Safe stopping area concept designs

Click on the thumbnail images below to view a larger version of each of the safe stopping area concept designs and road realignments (from February 2019), or you can download them as a PDF here [PDF, 9.8 MB]

If you have any feedback on the concept designs please email

Safe stopping area locations

Click on the image below to view a map of the safe stopping area locations.

2019–2020: Programme of new works

In August 2019, it was announced that the majority of construction on the Kaikōura recovery should finish late 2020 with handover work wrapping up in December 2020.

A new work package for the remainder of the work has been scoped out. These new projects are on SH1 north and south of Kaikōura and the Inland Road (Route 70).

Your questions answered

We’re developing a series of updates to answer some commonly asked questions about our work on the Kaikōura coast.