Information about DOC facilities following the Kaikoura earthquake on 14 November 2016.

Date:  07 December 2016

Supporting the recovery of Kaikoura coastal route

Updated 6 March 2017

As part of our response to the Kaikoura earthquake, DOC is working closely with the NZ Transport Agency and Kiwi Rail as they reinstate SH1 and rail links along the Kaikoura coast. This work has included slip stabilisation and the creation of access routes to enable construction work to occur. 

We are supporting this work by providing advice and expertise to minimise impacts on the area’s conservation values.

Minimising the risks these works pose to the coastline’s New Zealand fur seal colonies is a key focus, notably at Ōhau Point where the largest seal colony is.

Read more about the NZ Transport Agency’s Kaikōura Earthquake response.

Some of the activities that the NZ Transport Agency and KiwiRail need to undertake as part of the restoration of the coastal route require permission from DOC under the conservation legislation we administer. DOC recognises the importance of this work to reinstate SH1 and processes these authorisations as a matter of urgency.

View the permits DOC has issued for this work.

Our places to go

Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway before the earthquake.
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway before the earthquake
Image: Shellie Evans © 

The majority of DOC campgrounds, tracks and other attractions in the upper and western South Island are still open for business.

Only the area around south Marlborough, in and around Kaikoura, is seriously impacted by the major earthquake has major closures.

View update on which places are open and closed.

All campgrounds, tracks and other facilities in the Marlborough Sounds, Nelson, Golden Bay and on the West Coast are open to and continuing to welcome visitors.

There is no link between volcanic eruptions in Tongariro National Park and the present earthquakes. See GeoNet for latest volcano information.

As weather can change conditions, visitors are reminded to check the DOC website, local visitor centre or i-site networks for the latest updates on our places.

Latest detail on what has been opened and what remains closed can be found on the DOC website and on individual site pages.


Check the latest alerts in the affected areas: 

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