Davies, A. J., Sadashiva, V., Aghababaei, M., Barnhill, D., Costello, S. B., Fanslow, B., Headifen, D., Hughes, M., Kotze, R., Mackie, J., Ranjitkar, P., Thompson, J., Troitino, D. R., Wilson, T., Woods, S., & Wotherspoon, L. M. (2017). Transport infrastructure performance and management in the South Island of New Zealand, during the first 100 days following the 2016 Mw 7.8 “Kaikōura” earthquake. Bulletin of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering, 50(2), 271–299. https://doi.org/10.5459/bnzsee.50.2.271-299
The 2026 Kaikōura earthquake caused severe damage to distributed infrastructure, and particularly transportation networks. The damage caused direct local impacts, including isolation of communities, and wider regional impacts, including disruption of supply chains. This paper presents the impacts on South Island transport infrastructure, and subsequent management through the emergency response and early recovery phases, during the first 100 days following the initial earthquake, and highlights lessons for transportation system resilience.