State Highway 1 south of Kaikoura still closed as slip clearing work continues
The fragile main highway south of Kaikoura will remain closed for another three weeks.
State Highway 1 has been closed since Easter after a large slip of up to 10,000 cubic metres came down near Rosy Morn, between Peketa and Goose Bay.
On Tuesday, the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) said they expected the road to reopen next week, but they readjusted their estimate on Friday after more movement overnight at the top of the slip.
Next week will be spent working to clear the new slip, before other damage caused by the recent wild weather will be cleared in the weeks following.
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NZTA earthquake recovery manager Steve Mutton said it was important to get the new slip stabilised and the highway safe as there were several sites between Peketa and the new slip which needed "a fortnight of stabilisation and repair work".
The highway has proved fragile since the Kaikoura quakes. Since it reopened on December 21, it has been closed for all or part of 32 days for planned or emergency work.
The closures have an impact on tourist-driven Kaikoura, a town already worried about the approaching winter.
Mutton has previously said the state highway would "be prone to short-term closures for some time given the tension cracks along the cliffs created by the earthquakes, which are prone to collapse with rain and stormy weather".
Kaikoura can still be accessed by Inland Rd via Waiau and Mt Lyford, a longer and more challenging route which has been more weather resistant following the quakes.