Hi, we will be flying into Christchurch to tour the South Island towards the end of January, as our flight gets in late afternoon I've planned to overnight in Hanmer Springs before heading to Blenheim. I see that State Highway 1 is due to reopen by Christmas but wondered if anyone knows what the likely condition of the road will be, e.g. will there be single track sections controlled by traffic lights, will there be sections that have temporary road surfaces, etc. Also what would be an estimated drive time using it? Perhaps I should still plan on using the inland route?
Thanks in advance.