Hi we are booked to come here on the 11th and 12th of January through Trailfinders but I am getting conflicting information of the weather we are going to be able to drive from the Bay of cloves
Do you to the roads can you please advise
I am a travel agent and this is the advice we received: Road access to Kaikoura continues to be impacted with the inland road route now open for scheduled journeys. Please refer to the NZ Transport Authority website for further details.
There is also very positive news that the main state highway south of Kaikoura (SH1) is likely to be opened before the 20th December.
You could also look at taking a helicopter or fixed wing flight in and out. I can highly recommend this as a way to see the coastline, and is a wonderful experience. Hapuku are offering a significant subsidies for this as I am aware it can be expensive. Trailfinders should be able to give you the full information on this, let me know if they cannot. If you have car hire I am sure they can look at changing it around. It is not like you need it at Bay of Many Coves anyway, and they have a helipad.
Yes. By then things will have settled down. At the moment you have to book b4 3 the previous day to come in on a convoy that leaves dron mt lyford at 8am. At the moment you need to stay in hanmer the night b4 and leave at 6.30am to get to the start of the convoy at 8am....but they are really wotking very hard on clearing the road enough to open it properly but you need to check the nzta website in the days leading up to your visit. Go to "north canterbury" and check out the current status. Hapuka lodge shd be able to help you with up to date info. We'd love to see you here if we csn because this event has ruined this our biggest summer ever. Its still beautiful and a geological Wonderland.
Hi there. I don't want to sound negative here but need you to realise that we had a big earthquake here on 14th november. Presently the access roads are really fragile. They improve daily but be prepared for a slowdrive in whether it be thru the inland road to kaikoura (through waiau) or via waipara further to the south. Be prepared for slow travel times because, the earthquake cut off state highway 1 down the coast road to kaikoura soe EVERYONE has to go on the inland route through the Lewis Pass. Lots of trucks narrow road few oassing lanes so you have to be oatient... no riad rage...this is out of everyone's control......but dont give uo your dream of visiting kaikoura. Its still the most beautiful town in the world.
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