Getting to and from Picton via SH1

With delays and lane closures on SH1, it is important you plan your journey to and from Picton properly.

Heading north on State Highway 1 between Kaikoura and Blenheim

SH1 is reopen - but isn't as fast as you might remember it!

Following the Kaikoura earthquake in 2016, State Highway 1 (SH1) between Christchurch and Picton has been steadily repaired. From May 2018, SH1 is reopen all the way from Christchurch to Picton all night and all day!

However, there are still sizeable roadworks and repairs to complete. So expect delays, expect lane closures, expect temporary traffic lights and expect those happy chappies with lollipop sticks.

We highly recommend you use the NZTA travel planner to plan your journey to Picton to ensure you don't miss the boat!