Rahu Saddle reopens – care needed today, SH7, and alpine highways


SH7 linking the West Coast and Canterbury has now reopened to traffic after a slip earlier today between Reefton and Springs Junction, the Rahu Saddle.

The highway will be single lane at the slip point and there may be delays as wet weather creates more slips or fallen trees, says Tresca Forrester, Journey Manager for Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency.

Drivers should also expect surface flooding across the Canterbury high country routes and West Coast highways and roads today, she says.

Drivers heading across the alpine passes should drive with extra care, slow down and headlights on. High sided vehicle drivers of campervans and motorcycle riders  should also take extra care.

Area warning in place around the Rahu Saddle area: https://www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz/highway-conditions/west-coast/warnings/826853(external link)