More than 7000 vehicles have made their way through Kaikoura as State Highway 1 officially re-opened on Friday.
Tourists and locals took advantage of the route which has averaged between 1500 - 2000 vehicles a day.
Queues of traffic were waiting for the all clear last Friday as the highway reopened for the first time since the town was rocked by an earthquake in November 2016.
Meanwhile, police have noted a noticeable drop in traffic on the alternate route via the Lewis Pass, says NCTIR journey manager Tresca Forrester.
Traffic is expected to increase over the next few days on the reopened highway as we get into the pre-Christmas week.
On peak summer days in the past, over a 24 hour period, vehicle numbers have ranged from 3500 to 5000, but those figures were unlikely to be the same this year, Ms Forrester said.
Motorists are reminded that the highway is only open from 7am to 8.30pm this summer.
The closure areas are between Clarence and Mangamaunu (north of Kaikoura) and between Goose Bay and Peketa (to the south).