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Slip at Whitehorse Hill, Woodpecker Bay, Buller closes SH6 between Westport and Greymouth, next update 2 pm

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A slip of rocks and trees after heavy rain along SH6 has closed the coastal highway between Greymouth and Westport this morning.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency contractors are at Whitehorse Hill, north of Fox River, aiming to get a single lane open as soon as they can. The next official update is 2 pm this afternoon, says Waka Kotahi Senior Network Manager Colin Hey.

“In the meantime, drivers should use SH6, 69 and 7 from Westport south through Inangahua and Reefton to Greymouth and the reverse going the other way. Thanks to everyone for taking their time on the Reefton highway, which will have a little more traffic until we get Sh6 reopened,” he says.

The slip occurred late last night and the highway was closed after 11 pm.

The detour route is the inland highway via the Buller Gorge, Inangahua and Reefton, which will add a half hour or so to the journey:

The detour route is the inland highway via the Buller Gorge, Inangahua and Reefton, which will add a half hour or so to the journey

Site of the slip:

Site of the slip:

Image of a slip along State Highway 6