SH2 south of Hastings has now opened, following assessment of the road between Waipukurau and Waipawa.
Cyclone Gabrielle has caused wide road spread closures around both Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne regions and a number of closures remain in place.
Update as of 1.30pm
SH35 between Hicks Bay and Gisborne CLOSED
SH2 between Ōpōtiki and Gisborne and then Gisborne to Napier CLOSED
SH2 between Napier and Hastings CLOSED
SH5 between Napier and Taupō CLOSED
SH51 between Napier and Clive CLOSED
SH51 between Napier Road and Elwood Road CLOSED
SH50 Expressway between Napier and Hastings CLOSED
SH50 between Takapau and Hastings CLOSED
Bridge engineers and roading crews are continuing to assess these road closures and in many cases waiting for floodwaters to recede.
“Please avoid all unnecessary travel at the moment and if you do have to drive in the areas which remain open, drive to the conditions, says Waka Kotahi’s System Manager for Hawke’s Bay/Gisborne Martin Colditz.
“Roading crews are still dealing with extensive flooding in places and hope to be able reassess the situation as soon as possible.
“We are mindful of the continued disruption caused by this cyclone, and we want to assure people everything is being done to safely open our network as quickly as possible.”
Please note this information can change rapidly – ensure you check the latest weather conditions with MetService, and consult the Waka Kotahi Journey Planner for the most up to date information on road closures.
Journey Planner is updated 24/7 by Waka Kotahi traffic operations centres and is the best source of the most recent and reliable information available on state highway closures and disruptions. Remember to refresh the page when checking the status of highways to ensure that the latest updates are displayed.