Tairāwhiti – Gisborne


$259 million is forecast to be invested in Tairāwhiti – Gisborne’s land transport system during the 2021–24 National Land Transport Programme (NLTP) period. This will help Gisborne’s economy to grow and people to access essential health, education and employment opportunities. Improved access and resilience of the road network will also be supported. 

Tairāwhiti – Gisborne NLTP 2023 update

Graphic showing 259 million forecast investment

Latest news

A bridge being constructed over a river

Hikuwai No.1 Bailey bridge is open

Four months after the original bridge was destroyed during Cyclone Gabrielle, the first vehicles have now travelled across the temporary Bailey bridge.

An official ceremony involving community leaders, and including a blessing by Ngāti Porou of the 85-metre-long bridge, was held in June.

Drone vision of the SH35 Bailey bridge across the Hikuwai River(external link)

A road where a large portion of earth next to it has been washed away.

Progress update on SH2

State Highway 2 between Waikare Gorge and Napier suffered extensive damage from Cyclone Gabrielle. While contractors continue to progress repairs, please leave an additional half hour for your journey to and from Napier to account for the delays from road works. The road is open 24/7.

SH2 between Wairoa and Napier is open

A road with a large portion washed away by a flooded river

Tairāwhiti recovery

Stay up to date with the post-Cyclone Gabrielle recovery for the Tairāwhiti region including works underway and medium-long term planning.

Tairāwhiti recovery

A cycle lane next to a road

Streets for People in Gisborne

Gisborne District Council is one of 17 councils nationwide selected to be part of Streets for People 2021-24 programme. The programme seeks to create a healthier future by putting people and place at the heart of streets

Streets for People

Major work underway

Map showing location of key projects in the Gisborne region

View larger map [PDF, 548 KB]

Tairāwhiti recovery

The damage to State Highway 35 following the March and April weather events is extensive and the long-term recovery plan is currently being worked through. The priority is to maintain access to communities living along the route, recognising that all who work and live on the coast rely on this roading connection as an important lifeline. A long-term construction plan to address the repair work necessary along SH35 is currently being worked through.

Tairāwhiti recovery

SH2/SH35 passing opportunities

$32.5m in Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)/National Land Transport Programme is being spent on passing opportunities on SH2 and SH35 in Gisborne and Northern Hawkes Bay regions. We are on track to deliver 21 sites, a mix of new slow vehicle bays, extensions to existing slow vehicle bays and mobile phone laybys. This project is being delivered through the Taiāwhiti Roading Package (TRP).

SH2/SH35 passing opportunities

SH35 resilience

$13.5m of PGF funding is being spent on addressing the highest risk resilience sites on the Gisborne side of SH35.

SH35 resilience

SH2 Waioeka Gorge

The preferred solutions to improve safety and resilience through Waioeka Gorge will be recommended in a single ​stage business case in mid-late 2022.

SH2 Waioeka Gorge – resilience and safety

Gisborne asphalting works (completed)

In partnership with the Gisborne District Council, an extensive programme of asphalt replacement was undertaken in Gisborne. The work was at multiple sites overnight in the city and on SH35. A major component of this work is the resurfacing and replacing of deck joints on the Gladstone Road Bridge.

Gisborne asphalting works

HPMV Bridge strengthening (completed)

A key bridge strengthening project on State Highway 2 through the Waioeka Gorge has been completed months ahead of schedule and under budget. This work was part of a wider programme designed to enable more efficient freight movements, increasing the load bearing capacity of six bridges between Gisborne and Ōpōtiki to bring them up to High Productivity Motor Vehicle (HPMV) standard.

Maintenance update

Maintenance activity undertaken during 2022/23

  • Rehabilitation (completely rebuilding the road) – 7.8 lane km
  • Resurfacing (replacing asphalt) – 0.0 lane km
  • Resealing (adding new layer of chipseal) – 72.0 lane km
  • SCRIM resealing (improving skid resistance) – 1.0 lane km
  • Total state highway network renewed – 12.2%
  • Total state highway maintenance spend – $20.9m

Maintenance summary infographic for Gisborne 2022/23 [PDF, 763 KB]

Planned maintenance for 2023/24

  • Rehabilitations – 35.0 lane km
  • Resurfacing – 25.0 lane km
  • Resealing – 70.9 lane km
  • Percentage of network to be renewed –19.7%
  • Total state highway spend – $53.1m

Planned maintenance infographic for Gisborne 2023/24 [PDF, 1 MB]


Interim State Highway Speed Management Plan

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency sought feedback on its speed management plan for state highways. Submissions closed on 12 December 2022. 

The plan is now undergoing the certification process with a newly formed Speed Management Committee, which provide an independent review of Waka Kotahi speed management plans and advise the Director of Land Transport.

Once a decision has been made by the Director, which we anticipate will happen later this year, we will publish it on our website. We will also inform all partners, stakeholders, and submitters that requested an email update of the outcome.

Interim State Highway Speed Management Plan consultation