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Source: New Zealand Transport Agency

Waves up to four metres in height are predicted for the Kaikōura coast this evening, says Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency.

“People need to build some extra time into their trips particularly if they have a ferry to catch,” says Andrew Crofts, System Manager for Waka Kotahi in Canterbury.

“For everyone’s safety, if necessary, crews will pause traffic during the high tide at Ōhau Pt, north of Kaikōura, but only if the waves are overtopping the highway during this time.”

The high tide is at 5 pm tonight, 5.30 am Thursday morning and 6 pm Thursday evening.

“We encourage travellers to build extra time into their schedules for these evening and early morning tidal peaks,” he says.

Waves are forecast to reduce over the weekend.

There are also strong southwesterly gusts of 80 km/h and stronger today and lasting through into the end of the week, says Mr Crofts.

“Thanks to everyone for being patient along this route,” he says.