State Highway 7 (New Zealand)

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.

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State Highway 7
Route information
Maintained by NZ Transport Agency
Length272 km (169 mi)
Alpine Pacific Triangle between Hanmer Junction and Waipara
Major junctions
East end SH 1 (Omihi Road/Glasnevin Road) at Waipara
West end SH 6 (Cobden Road/Smith Street) at Greymouth
CountryNew Zealand
Culverden, Maruia Springs, Springs Junction, Reefton
Highway system
SH 6 SH 8

For most of its length SH 7 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. The New Zealand Transport Agency classifies SH 7 as a primary collector highway, preferring SH 73 via Arthur's Pass as the strategic highway between Canterbury and the West Coast.[1]


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 crossing the Hurunui River there is a 13.7 km straight, the longest straight section of highway in New Zealand.[2] 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 SH 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 at the intersection with SH 69, 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.

Spur sectionsEdit

SH 7 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 intersectionsEdit

Territorial authorityLocationkmmiDestinationsNotes
Hurunui DistrictWaipara00.0  SH 1 north (Omihi Road) – Cheviot, Picton
  SH 1 south (Glasnevin Road) – Amberley, Christchurch
SH 7 begins
Culverden4427  Alpine Pacific Triangle (Rotherham South Road) – Mt Lyford Village, Kaikouravia the Inland Kaikoura Road
Tekoa Range6842  SH 7A (Hanmer Springs Road) – Hanmer Springs
Hurunui District / Buller District boundaryMaruia Springs13181Lewis Pass 864 m (2,835 ft)
Buller DistrictSprings Junction15294  SH 65 (Shenandoah Highway) – Murchison, Nelson
Reefton196122  SH 69 (Sinnamon Street) – Westport, Nelson
Grey DistrictGreymouth272169  SH 6 south (Smith Street) – Hokitika, Haast
  SH 6 north (Cobden Road) – Runanga, Westport
SH 7 ends
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

SH 7AEdit

Territorial authority Location km jct Destinations Notes
Hurunui District Tekoa Range 0     SH 7 east – Culverden, Christchurch
  SH 7 west – West Coast, Nelson (via Lewis Pass)
SH 7A begins
0.8   Waiau Ferry Bridge (Waiau River)
Hanmer Springs 8   Hanmer Spring Road
Fraser Close
SH 7A ends

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "One Network Road Classification: South Island State Highways" (PDF). New Zealand Transport Agency. Archived (PDF) from the original on 12 November 2020. Retrieved 20 January 2022.
  2. ^ NZ Transport Agency FAQs

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