New Zealand State Highway 7

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State Highway 7 NZ.svg

State Highway 7
Route information
Maintained by New Zealand Transport Agency
Length: 272 km (169 mi)
Tourist
routes:
Alpine Pacific Triangle between Hanmer Junction and Waipara
Major junctions
East end: Waipara
West end: Greymouth
Location
Primary
destinations:
Culverden, Maruia Springs, Springs Junction, Reefton
Highway system
SH 6 SH 8

State Highway 7 is a major New Zealand State Highway. One of the eight national highways, it crosses the Southern Alps to link the West Coast Region with Canterbury and to form a link between the South Island's two longest highways, State Highway 1 and State Highway 6. Distances are measured from east to west with the major junction list going from east to west.

For most of its length SH7 is a two-lane single carriageway, with at-grade intersections and property accesses, both in rural and urban areas. There are a number of passing lanes at irregular intervals through the rural sections.

Route[edit]

The highway leaves SH 1 at Waipara, some 60 kilometres north of Christchurch, and initially heads north, crossing several rivers and skirting the Balmoral State Forest. After the junction with the Inland Kaikoura road (formerly SH70) there is a 13.7 km straight, the longest straight section of highway in New Zealand.[1] Just north of Culverden, it reaches the valley of the Waiau River and turns west to the course of this river and its tributary the Lewis River up the valley to the 907-metre Lewis Pass, the northernmost of the three main road passes across the Southern Alps.

On the western side of the pass, the highway enters the small spa town of Maruia Springs, before continuing northwest along the valley of the Maruia River. to Springs Junction, where it meets State highway 65. From here, the highway crosses a smaller pass, the Rahu Saddle, before following the valley of the Inangahua River to the town of Reefton.

From Reefton, the highway turns southwest, following the course of the Grey River to within two kilometres of its mouth at Greymouth, where SH 7 terminates at its junction with SH 6.

State Highway 7 spurs[edit]

SH7 has one spur, designated state Highway 7A. This 9.4 kilometre stretch links State Highway 7 at the Waiau bridge with the alpine thermal resort town of Hanmer Springs.

Major junctions[edit]

State Highway 7 State Highway 7 NZ.svg
Westbound intersections Distance to
Greymouth
(km)
Distance to
Lewis Pass
(km)
Eastbound intersections
Greymouth
End State Highway 7 NZ.svg
as Omoto Road
0 141.8 Greymouth
Start State Highway 7 NZ.svg
as Omoto Road
Hokitika, Greymouth, Cobden, Westport
Smith Street Japan road sign 201-A.svg
SH 6 State Highway 6 NZ.svg
Westport, Cobden, Greymouth, Hokitika
SH 6 Japan road sign 201-A.svg
Smith Street State Highway 6 NZ.svg
Greymouth
Mawhera Quay Japan road sign 201-A.svg
0.1 141.7 Greymouth
Mawhera Quay Japan road sign 201-A.svg
Name change to Omoto Road 3.3 138.5 Name change to SH 7
Dobson 8.4 133.4 Dobson
MIDLAND LINE 12.8 129 MIDLAND LINE
Moana, Lake Brunner
Arnold Valley Road Japan road sign 201-A.svg (State Highway 73 NZ.svg)
13.4 128.4 Moana, Lake Brunner
Arnold Valley Road Japan road sign 201-A.svg (State Highway 73 NZ.svg)
Stillwater 14.0 127.8 Stillwater
Taylorville, Blackball
Taylorville Road Japan road sign 201-A.svg
Taylorville, Blackball
Taylorville Road Japan road sign 201-A.svg
MIDLAND LINE Level Crossing 14.2 127.6 MIDLAND LINE Level Crossing
AHAURA RIVER 33.1 108.7 AHAURA RIVER
Name change to SH 7 Name change to Camp Street
Name change to Camp Street 33. 108.4 Name change to Clifton Street
Ahaura 33.6 108.2 Ahaura
Name change to Clifton Street 33.8 108.0 Name change to SH 7
STILLWATER-WESTPORT LINE Level Crossing 40.1 101.7 STILLWATER-WESTPORT LINE Level Crossing
45.0 96.8
GREY RIVER
Enter Grey District
48.1 93.1 GREY RIVER
Enter Buller District
Ikamatua 50.2 91.6 Ikamatua
Atarau, Blackball
Atarau Road Japan road sign 201-A.svg
Atarau, Blackball
Atarau Road Japan road sign 201-A.svg
UPPER GREY RIVER 59.4 82.4 UPPER GREY RIVER
STILLWATER-WESTPORT LINE Level Crossing 60.7 81.1 STILLWATER-WESTPORT LINE Level Crossing
63.5 78.3
UPPER GREY RIVER 65.8 76.0 UPPER GREY RIVER
REEFTON SADDLE 71.1 70.7 REEFTON SADDLE
Name change to SH 7 74.8 67.0 Name change to Grey Road
INANGAHUA RIVER 76.3 65.5 INANGAHUA RIVER
Name change to Grey Road 76.4 65.4 Name change to Broadway
Cronadun, Inangahua Junction, Westport
Sinnamon Street State Highway 69 NZ.svg
Broadway Japan road sign 201-A.svg
Cronadun, Inangahua Junction, Westport
Sinnamon Street State Highway 69 NZ.svg
Broadway Japan road sign 201-A.svg
Reefton 76.7 65.1 Reefton
(State Highway 69 NZ.svg)
Bridge Street Japan road sign 201-A.svg
76.9 64.9 (State Highway 69 NZ.svg)
Bridge Street Japan road sign 201-A.svg
Blacks Point 79.1 62.7 Blacks Point
RAHU SADDLE 112.7 29.1 RAHU SADDLE
Springs Junction 121.0 20.8 Springs Junction
Maruia, Murchison, Nelson
Shenandoah Highway State Highway 65 NZ.svg Japan road sign 201-A.svg
Maruia, Murchison, Nelson
Shenandoah Highway State Highway 65 NZ.svg Japan road sign 201-A.svg
Maruia Springs 136.1 5.7 Maruia Springs
LEWIS PASS 141.8 0 LEWIS PASS
Westbound intersections Distance to
Lewis Pass
(km)
Distance to
Waipara
(km)
Eastbound intersections
LEWIS PASS 0 130.6 LEWIS PASS
Enter Buller District
Name change to SH 7
0.7 129.9 Enter Hurunui District
Name change to Lewis Pass Road
BOYLE RIVER 16.5 114.1 BOYLE RIVER
Engineers Camp 23.6 107 Engineers Camp
HOPE RIVER 33.3 97.3 HOPE RIVER
Hanmer Springs
Hanmer Springs Road Japan road sign 201-A.svg State Highway 7a NZ.svg
Alpine Pacific Triangle
63.1 67.5 Hanmer Springs
Hanmer Springs Road Japan road sign 201-A.svg State Highway 7a NZ.svg
Alpine Pacific Triangle
Name change to Lewis Pass Road
End concurrency with Alpine Pacific Triangle
Name change to Mouse Point Road
Start concurrency with Alpine Pacific Triangle
Mouse Point 83.6 47.1 Mouse Point
Rotherham
Flintoft Mouse Point Road Japan road sign 201-A.svg
Rotherham
Flintoft Mouse Point Road Japan road sign 201-A.svg
Rotherham, Waiau
Rotherham Road South Japan road sign 201-A.svg Regional Route 70.png
Alpine Pacific Triangle
87.1 43.5 Rotherham, Waiau
Rotherham Road South Japan road sign 201-A.svg Regional Route 70.png
Alpine Pacific Triangle
Name change to Mouse Point Road 89.5 41.1 Name change to Mountainview Road
Culverden 90.1 40.5 Culverden
Name change to Mountainview Road 90.5 40.1 Name change to Culverden Road
HURUNUI RIVER
Name change to Culverden Road
103.0 27.6 HURUNUI RIVER
Name change to Karaka Road
Hurunui 104.2 26.4 Hurunui
Hawarden
Hawarden Hurunui Road Japan road sign 201-A.svg
107.9 22.7 Hawarden
Hawarden Hurunui Road Japan road sign 201-A.svg
Waikari
Name change to Karaka Road
116.7 13.9 Waikari
Name change to Weka Pass Road
Hawarden
Princes Street Japan road sign 201-A.svg
Hawarden
Princes Street Japan road sign 201-A.svg
Scargill, Greta Valley
Waikari Valley Road Japan road sign 201-A.svg
116.8 13.8 Scargill, Greta Valley
Waikari Valley Road Japan road sign 201-A.svg
WEKA PASS 117.4 13.2 WEKA PASS
Name change to Weka Pass Road 124 6.6 Name change to Waipara Flat Road
Waipara
Glenmark Drive Japan road sign 201-A.svg
130.2 0.4 Waipara
Glenmark Drive Japan road sign 201-A.svg
MAIN SOUTH LINE Level Crossing 130.4 0.2 MAIN SOUTH LINE Level Crossing
Christchurch, Amberley, Greta Valley, Kaikoura
Glasnevin Road Japan road sign 201-A.svg
Omihi Road State Highway 1 NZ.svg
Alpine Pacific Triangle
130.6 0.0 Kaikoura, Greta Valley, Amberley, Christchurch
Omihi Road Japan road sign 201-A.svg
Glasnevin Road State Highway 1 NZ.svg
Alpine Pacific Triangle
Start/End Waipara Flat Road State Highway 7 NZ.svg from/continues as Mount Cass Road
End concurrency with Alpine Pacific Triangle

See also[edit]

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