Rock stabilisation, rock scaling and inspection Nevis Bluff, SH6


Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency’s spring safety programme at the Nevis Bluff, SH6, gets underway next week.

People who travel between Cromwell and Queenstown will need to factor in short delays, up to 10 minutes at a time on weekdays, 8am to 5pm from Monday, says Waka Kotahi Central Otago Senior Network Manager Robert Choveaux.

These short delays will be in place for around three weeks as the Aspiring Highways team carries out routine spring abseil maintenance and inspections, says Mr Choveaux.

“The Nevis Bluff is a site we regularly inspect, monitor and stabilise as part of our commitment to provide a safe, accessible highway network.

“The best time to do this work is the shoulder seasons in autumn and spring when traffic volumes are at their lowest.

“People stopped in their cars may be able to see abseilers inspecting and removing loose rock on the Nevis Bluff rock face. We need to ensure the road below is clear when rocks are being dropped or loosened.”

The spring safety programme will run on weekdays, 8am to 5pm from Monday, 7 November, to Friday 25 November.

Abseilers so a large cliff face

Abseilers (squint, you will see them) stabilising the Nevis Bluff in February.

“We appreciate everyone’s understanding for any delays that they may encounter and thank them for following the temporary, lowered speeds which are for their safety and the safety of our workers.”

The Nevis Bluff is about half-way between Cromwell and Queenstown – 25 minutes from Cromwell, 35 minutes from Queenstown, above the Kawarau River, on SH6.