Here's a wee list of handy hints that will help you when travelling in the Hurunui.


  • Heading north from Christchurch: State Highway One north to Kaikoura is open, although it can close at short notice when it rains or in bad weather.   Please check the following Traffic Information Map before travelling to Kaikoura via this route.  
  • Alternative route to Kaikoura: The Inland Route 70 (via Waiau and Mt Lyford) is now open 24/7 with unrestricted access both ways. There are speed restrictions and no stopping areas which everyone using the route is asked to strictly adhere to. The average travel time for the 90km route from Waiau to Kaikoura is about two hours. The route remain hazardous and fragile and all road users are asked to take extra care and be prepared for the unexpected.
  • Cheviot to Hanmer Springs: approx 10 minutes north of Cheviot you can use the Leader Road that will take you through to Waiau so you can head onto Hanmer Springs.  
  • Travelling inland is fine, although we are experiencing a higher volume of traffic because State Highway One north of Kaikoura is closed.  Please take care and take regular breaks.

Useful Visitor Information and how to get here.

Our Towns…
 All of our fabulous Hurunui towns are open for business.

What’s On?
  We’ve got a great selection of events coming up – check out  for further information.


Planning a visit?  Great! We can’t wait to see you. Here are a few helpful websites:

Got questions?  Please don’t hesitate to give our i-SITE Visitor Information Centre a call on 0800 442 663 (within NZ only) or email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.