Road access to Kaikoura is now OPEN, with unrestricted access via the inland route (SH70) from Waiau to Kaikoura. Speed and stopping restrictions do apply. The great news is that SH1 from Christchurch to Kaikoura is also OPEN but there the opening times and days changes regularly. Check the NZTA website before travelling.
For the very latest in road and travel information for the Canterbury and Marlborough regions, visit the official NZTA site. and keep an eye on the status of these roads:
Picton to Kaikoura (SH1):
[latest status update from NZTA]
Inland Route (SH70):
[caution required - latest status update from NZTA]
Christchurch to Kaikoura (SH1):
Open with restrictions
[Check for closures before travelling - latest status update from NZTA]
InterCity's daily bus services between Christchurch and Kaikoura resumes on January 12, travelling via the reopened State Highway 1.
Service 8728 will depart Christchurch at 7:00am, arriving in Kaikoura at 9:40am. Service 8727 will depart Kaikoura at 3:50pm and arrive in Christchurch at 6:25pm. Book at www.intercity.co.nz