Sunday, April 22, 2018


Extension of closure for SH1 south of Kaikōura

Extension of closure for SH1 south of Kaikōura – all day Wednesday and Thursday to 3 pm

SH1 Kaikoura to re-open both directions 24/7 next month

State Highway 1 between Picton and Christchurch will re-open for night-time travel from the end of April for the first time since the Kaikoura earthquake in November 2016.

SH1 to Kaikōura to reopen on Friday

PRESS RELEASE: NZ Transport Agency The NZ Transport Agency will reopen State Highway 1 through Kaikōura from Friday, 2 March, following extensive landslip removal following ex-cyclone Gita. “However, given the extensive area needing repair south of Kaikōura,...

SH1 north and south of Kaikōura closed

SH1 North and South roads are currently CLOSED and the next road update will be Friday 23 February.

Kaikōura growth jumps as recovery gives way to “fantastic” summer

Kaikōura has made a welcome return to strong growth as the region's recovery is underpinned by a booming tourism sector.

Wildlife benefit from SH1 reopening

A group of international seabird scientists will be among the first using the reopened highway to Kaikoura today.

NZTA: Guidance for SH1 travel north of Kaikoura

The NZ Transport Agency has provided guidance for people planning to travel between Picton and Christchurch after State Highway 1 re-opens tomorrow, Friday 15 December.  

Daylight opening hours for SH1 around Kaikoura

The NZ Transport Agency has confirmed the initial hours of operation for State Highway 1 north and south of Kaikoura will be 7am until 8.30pm, when the road reopens next month.

Stats NZ: Kaikoura’s recovery by the numbers

This story views the initial impact on the district, and subsequent effects, through the lens of statistics.

Kaikōura Harbour back in business

The Minister of Civil Defence Kris Faafoi has announced that the Kaikōura Harbour is open again after being badly damaged in the 14 November 2016 earthquake.

Earthquake commemoration a time for reflection

A year on it is pleasing to see progress made, delivering some respite for residents and truck drivers.

Kaikōura’s native species & conservation areas – a year later

DOC staff have had a busy year managing the impacts of the November 2016 earthquake on native species and conservation areas and that work continues.

Kaikoura: One year on

Kaikoura District Council – One year on, reflections on an extraordinary year and a look at what happens now

SH1 north of Kaikoura scheduled to re-open 15 December

The NZ Transport Agency has confirmed plans to open State Highway 1 (SH1) north of Kaikoura to traffic on Friday 15 December, restoring the coastal highway link from Picton to Christchurch.

TRC: Cycle trail could generate $131m over 20 years

The Coastal Pacific Trail could generate more than $131m for the Marlborough and Kaikoura regions over the next 20 years, according to a new report.

Red Travel launches daily Kaikoura Express

Red Travel, a division of Christchurch’s Iconic Red Bus Urban passenger transport company, has launched a new daily service from Christchurch to Kaikoura.

Kaikōura Canyon shows signs of recovery

NIWA scientists have found signs of recovery in the Kaikōura Canyon seabed, 10 months after powerful submarine landslides triggered by the November earthquake wiped out organisms living in and on the seabed.

Sculpture honours work on Picton-Christchurch line

A sculpture commissioned by KiwiRail to recognise the immense impact of the Kaikoura Earthquake on the rail link between Picton and Christchurch and on the wider community will be unveiled on Friday as freight services resume on the line.

Culture, community and Whale Watch Kaikōura

Strong leadership at a local level and sheer hard work have helped Whale Watch Kaikōura become the international success it is today.

Final link welded in Main North Line rebuild

KiwiRail has linked up the track between Picton and Christchurch for the first time since November’s Kaikoura earthquake devastated the line.

Geopark could be ideal prospect for Kaikoura

Turning Kaikoura’s unique geological features into a geopark could be a perfect way to harness the region’s natural beauty and sustain its economy

$231m of improvements for SH1 around Kaikoura

Transport Minister Simon Bridges has welcomed the NZ Transport Agency Board’s approval of $231m of improvements to the 60km section of State Highway 1 between Clarence and Oaro.

Kaikoura is now open for long weekends

Kaikoura is open for long weekends using SH1 from Christchurch. From 20 June to 30 September, SH1 south road will be open for travel every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday during daylight hours.

Settlement of Kaikōura claims progressing well

The Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission Gerry Brownlee says settlement offers for the majority of claims from the Kaikōura earthquake are on track to be made by the end of the year. 

Whale Watch wins World Tourism Award

Kaikoura's Whale Watch has won the Australasian Responsible Tourism Award at this year's World Tourism Awards.

New student challenge to help Kaikoura

University of Canterbury and NZ Transport Agency launch new student challenge to help Kaikoura

Alpine Pacific Touring Route launches in new campaign

A new North Canterbury touring route has been launched as the quake-struck region looks to reinvigorate visitor numbers. The 450-kilometre Alpine Pacific Touring Route runs between Christchurch, Kaikoura and Hanmer Springs, heading through the Waipara...

Visitor levy mooted as Kaikōura aims to become year-round destination

A visitor levy, accelerated world heritage status and airport future-proofing are all mooted in a tourism-centric Kaikōura District recovery plan.

Flagship Kaikoura operators to help fund harbour restoration

Two major commercial tourism operators are putting their hands in their pockets to support the restoration of Kaikoura harbour.

First North China trade famil to visit Kaikoura since earthquake

The first trade famil from North China to visit Kaikoura since the earthquake arrives this week.

Q&A with Dolphin Encounter Kaikoura’s Lynette Buurman

An experienced traveller and buisnesswoman, Buurman is using all of her skills and knowledge to guide her business through the recovery following the Kaikoura earthquake.

Top of the South cluster releases new trade resource

The Top of the South regional tourism cluster has released a new 2017 itinerary brochure, following route changes north of Kaikoura.

Kaikoura support extended, $870K promotion package approved

The government has extended its support to earthquake-stricken businesses in North Canterbury and has also provided a $870,000 package to help promote the region.

KiwiRail tourism services booming despite $9m Kaikoura hit

KiwiRail took a $9m hit in revenue due to the Kaikoura earthquake however tourism services on its Interislander ferry service was booming.

Quake causes record fall in Kaikoura guest nights in November

Kaikoura had a record 41% in guest nights at the district’s hotels, motels, backpackers, and campgrounds in November, Statistics New Zealand said yesterday.

CAUTHE 2017: “Black hole” post Kaikoura quake could have been devastating for tourists

A “black hole” in knowing where tourists were and what they are doing could have had devastating consequences if Kaikoura’s earthquake had taken place during the day, according to Lincoln University’s David Simmons.

Nth Canterbury spending plunges following quake

Tourist spending in North Canterbury dropped by over a quarter following the Kaikoura earthquake last year. The 7.8 magnitude earthquake on November 14 led to a drop in spending in December by 28% to $27m...

Whale Watch maps road to recovery: “We’ll give it 150%”

Whale Watch Kaikoura will be doing all it can to put the South Island town back on the tourist map, says general manager Kauahi Ngapora.

Too big to help?

The government should rethink its allocation of support to quake-stricken buisnesses in Kaikoura, writes Tourism Ticker's Paul Yandall.

Operators face bleak season after 7.8 magnitude shake

Kaikoura tourism operators are yet to get to grips with the impact Monday’s devastating 7.8 magnitude quake will have on their businesses.

Larger tourism businesses excluded from $7.5m support

Small quake-hit businesses in North Canterbury will be able to draw on a $7.5m government relief package to help them stay afloat but larger tourism operators will miss out. The Earthquake Support Subsidy announced yesterday...

PM: Relief package for businesses on the way

Prime Minister John Key has promised earthquake stricken businesses in North Canterbury a relief package to help them through the disaster.

Hospitality NZ & TIA: NZ open for business

Beyond North Canterbury it is business as usual in New Zealand, according to the tourism and hospitality industry associations.
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Quake shaken Kaikoura route still trying for tourism The reopening of SH1 between Kaikoura and Blenheim still presents challenges. Stuff

Video: Kaikoura tourism operator optimistic on earthquake anniversary – ‘We’re bouncing back’ Glenn Ormsby from Destination Kaikoura is looking forward to the re-opening of quake-ravaged SH1. TVNZ

Quiet months not far off normal for Kaikōura accommodation providers Accommodation numbers in the Kaikōura region have recovered to near pre-quake levels over the traditionally quieter months. Stuff

‘A tough year’ since Kaikōura quake – mayor Kaikōura harbour is being re-opened, one year after the 7.8-magnitude quake lifted the seabed in and around the harbour more than a metre. Radio NZ

Kaikōura: How a tourist town survived without its tourists When the seabed lifted during the earthquake some businesses ground to a halt. Stuff

Marina opening end to Herculean task but still work to do A week out from the official opening of South Bay Marina there’s still a lot of work to do. Stuff

Kaikōura MP Stuart Smith’s ‘educated guess’ on SH1 proves right The date for the reopening of State Highway 1 north of Kaikōura came as no surprise to the electorate’s MP Stuart Smith. Stuff

Kaikoura tourism bounces back Repairs to the harbour are almost complete, giving operators hope for a busy summer season. TVNZ

March 2017

SH1 south of Kaikōura to close for eight days State Highway 1 south of Kaikōura will close for eight days from Sunday so contractors can reinforce areas at risk of slips. Radio NZ

Kaikoura guest nights down 80% in December The number of people staying in Kaikoura plummeted by 80% after the devastating earthquake in November. The NZ Herald