Kaikōura Earthquake Response

23 February 2023

In November 2016, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the North Canterbury Region, setting a world record for the greatest number of fault lines ruptured in a single earthquake. It demolished houses, ripped up roads and railways causing massive landslides as it travelled.  

With State Highway 1 and the railway out of action, the North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure Recovery was established to reconnect the Kaikōura community and get the main transport route re-opened.  

Project Details

Location: Kaikōura

Project Type: Civil planting

Client: North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure Recovery


Partnering with the NCTIR, Natural Habitats was engaged to complete the replanting of a 96km stretch of State Highway 1 as part of the remedial works.  

Stretching from Oaro in the South to Ward in the North, we planted almost 7000 native species across numerous road reserves. Each plant was eco-sourced and propagated, with seeds collected by hand from the wider region.

The plant palette included the typical range of South Island coastal species including carex, coprosmas, cabbage trees, Muehlenbeckia among others. However, the most important species to the palette was the endangered Marlborough rock daisy, which had 95% of its population decimated from slips along the bluffs from the Hapuku and Clarence rivers.

Biodegradable plant guards were also installed for a number of species to protect from pests.

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