Makarora Bridge (SH6) closures restart mid next week


Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency’s Aspiring Highways team is about to begin several weeks of repairs on the Makarora River Bridge (SH6) Otago. An earlier period of maintenance and strengthening work occurred in March this year.

Makarora River Bridge is a single lane bridge around 14km north of Makarora and 4km south of Haast Pass, on the Otago side. It is between the Blue Pools track and new carpark and Fantail Falls to the north.

Daytime closures

From Wednesday 12 August to Friday 28 August, there will be closures of 30 minutes every hour on weekdays, Monday to Fridays, 8am to 5pm.

Nighttime closures five nights, end of August, early September

From Sunday 30 August to the night of Thursday 3 September, the bridge will be fully closed all night from 9pm to 5am. As well as bridge strengthening, crews will also be working on the deck.

“We will need these full overnight closures to enable materials to set and cure with no movement,” says Mark Stewart, Maintenance Contract Manager Central Otago for Waka Kotahi.

“We thank everyone for being patient and making alternative arrangements for their travel through SH6 during the night closures or leaving with plenty of time to get over the bridge in either direction.”

Exceptions will only be made for emergency services during the night closures.

September daytime closures

From mid-September, there will be a return to more day closures of up to 30 minutes from Monday 14 September to Friday 18 September, 8am to 5pm.

At all other times, speed will be reduced to 30 km/hr on the bridge.

This work is heavily weather dependent so any updates to closure times or delays once work is underway will be found at: link)     

Plan ahead for a safe, enjoyable journey. Keep up to date with: