Comparison video showing the old and new road layout north of Kaikoura
The damage caused by the 7.8-magnitude November 2016 Kaikōura earthquake to both the Main North Line railway and State Highway 1 along the east coast of the South Island, was unprecedented in New Zealand.With almost one million cubic metres of rock and debris falling onto the coastal State Highway 1 road, virtually all the roads and the rail networks in and out of the Kaikōura area were damaged and premanently closed by multiple slips. Following the quake the North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure Recovery alliance was set-up to restore the road and rail networks. The northern part of the work was first opened in December 2017, some 13 months after the quake.
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For more information on the earthquake see the Wikipedia page at : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016_Kaikoura_earthquakeFor more information on the road rebuild, see the NZ Transport Agency website at : https://www.nzta.govt.nz/projects/kaikoura-earthquake-response/