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Christchurch to Kaikoura road condition after the Quake

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Christchurch to Kaikoura road condition after the Quake

Hello All, Me and my wife are traveling to Christchurch in February mid, We are trying to find if there is road open from Christchurch to Kaikoura? When we try to find a way on Google map from Christchurch to Kaikoura, Google maps could not calculate directions from "Christchurch Airport, Christchurch to Kaikoura. Does anyone know if the roads are already open after quake or not? And how safe is it driving there? Thanks and Regards, Amarjeet

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41. Re: Christchurch to Kaikoura road condition after the Quake

Can anyone tell me the best way to get to Kaikoura from the north island ?

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42. Re: Christchurch to Kaikoura road condition after the Quake

Where on the North Island and when? Are you driving or wanting to fly and drive or totally relying on public transportation?

I'd say the best way would be to win the lotto and charter a plane.

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43. Re: Christchurch to Kaikoura road condition after the Quake

Heather, the critical question is WHEN? For the rest of this year you'll have to rely on Google Maps and take the significantly longer "inland route" or fly to CHC and drive north (only open Friday-Monday).

Once the road reopens you will be able to head straight down the coastal road. Sadly they doesn't appear to be any plan to get the Coastal Pacific train running this summer even though freight trains are already running on the rebuilt line.

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44. Re: Christchurch to Kaikoura road condition after the Quake

We were thinking of early next year. Going to visit the north island.

We visited the South Island and had plans of visiting Kaikoura by costal train

but the earthquake spoilt that plan. Would still love to visit Kaikoura but not sure

how to get there. Not keen on driving, hoping there was a bus that goes there ?

Thanks for your help.

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45. Re: Christchurch to Kaikoura road condition after the Quake

As above. The road is expected to reopen by the end of this year so if you are coming next year there will almost certainly be buses running from Picton to Kaikoura (and on to Chch).

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