Section of Cove Road now open, other SH1 Brynderwyn detour routes remain open


Update 4:45pm - The road has now been cleared and is OPEN. NZTA thanks motorists for their patience.


Due to a serious crash on Cove Road, a section of the road is now closed. Vehicles travelling between Whangarei and Kaiwaka are urged to use Paparoa Oakleigh Road.

NZ Transport Agency Waka Kotahi (NZTA) Director Regional Relationships Steve Mutton is assuring motorists that NZTA has crews monitoring these detour routes daily to ensure that any incidents, such as this, are responded to as quickly as possible.

“The road is currently closed in both directions with Police onsite now. While we don’t yet have a timeframe for reopening, we will provide further updates as soon as we can.

“Today marks the first day of the second closure block of SH1 Brynderwyn Hills, following a six day re-opening over the Easter break.

“This is the last thing we want to see on our roads. I can’t encourage people enough to drive to the conditions, slow down and take extra care as you adapt to taking a different route. People should also plan ahead and allow extra time to complete their journey.

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“Variable message signs are in place  and light vehicles will need to detour via Paparoa Oakleigh Road and heavy trucks and HPMV’s must use State Highways 12 and 14 through Dargaville and on to Whangārei” says Steve Mutton.

Traffic management is currently managing the incident site and moving detour traffic around and back onto Cove Road.

NZTA thanks all motorists for their co-operation on these detour routes as we continue with the critical recovery and enabling works on the SH1 Brynderwyn Hills for the immediate to medium term.