New Zealand State Highway 71

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State Highway 71
Route information
Maintained by NZ Transport Agency
Length: 6.4 km (4.0 mi)
Major junctions
South end: SH 1/Christchurch Northern Motorway at Lineside Road, Kaiapoi
North end: Rangiora
Highway system
SH 70 SH 73

State Highway 71 (SH 71) is a New Zealand state highway connecting Kaiapoi/Christchurch with Rangiora.



The highway was declared in 1992[1] after State Highway 72, the highway which serviced inland parts of Canterbury, was revoked (along with a number of other highways).[2] SH 71 provided a southern connection to Rangiora from SH 1 in contrast to SH 72, which connected Rangiora to SH 1 from the east.

Accessing the highway from SH 1[edit]

SH 71 can be accessed via offramps coming off SH 1 (as the Christchurch Northern Motorway). Smith Street, coming from Kaiapoi, also flows onto SH 71. Initially a northbound only exit, southbound access was provided in 2014.[3]

The Road[edit]

For the entire length of the highway, SH 71 is known as Lineside Road and parallels both the Main North Line of the South Island Main Trunk Railway and a 66 kV transmission line (between Southbrook and Kaiapoi substations) for much of the length. Just south of Rangiora the road crosses the railway line at-grade. SH 71 officially ends after the crossing but the road continues into Rangiora.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Transit New Zealand Traffic Volumes 1991" (PDF). Transit New Zealand. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Transit New Zealand Traffic Volumes 1992" (PDF). Transit New Zealand. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "SH1/SH71 (Lineside Road) Interchange Upgrade" (PDF). 
  4. ^ "Route of SH 71". Google Maps. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 44°23′26″S 171°15′04″E / 44.390540°S 171.251244°E / -44.390540; 171.251244