State Highway 2 Remutaka Hill night closures coming this month


Regular state highway maintenance works on Remutaka Hill resume this month, with five nights of closures planned from Sunday, 14 April.

Drivers need to plan ahead and factor the closure into their travel plans as the road over the Remutaka Hill will be closed to traffic from Sunday to Thursday nights (14-19 April) between 9 pm and 4 am.

Access to the route will be strictly limited. However, escorted crossings can be reserved for people who have booked in advance.

Bookings can be made on our website:

Full closures allow road crews to work more efficiently and complete repairs faster. It is also much safer as some maintenance work requires large machinery that uses most of the road area.

Road crews will be carrying out planned maintenance and continue work on new safety improvements on the route. This includes:

  • Renewing old safety barriers
  • Installing  new motorcyclist underrun safety barriers
  • Installing three new slow vehicle lane signs - “Traffic Behind You? Let it Pass” – near the Remutaka Hill summit
  • Removing old line markings at slow vehicle lanes

New Zealand Transport Agency/Waka Kotahi understands these closures do cause travel delays. However, these regular maintenance closures are essential for keeping a vital state highway link open. They also significantly reduce the risk of bigger failures, which could create more disruption for road users. We appreciate your patience and understanding while our contractors carry out their work.

Important information for Remutaka Hill closures:

  • Escorted crossings are available during closure nights but must be booked in advance. We always communicate well before planned closures and provide contact details so bookings can be made.
  • Bookings can be made online on the Waka Kotahi website - Remutaka Hill closure escort booking form(external link)
  • Bookings are essential - drivers who turn up without one risk being turned away. If you have a genuine emergency on the night, the hill manager will decide how best to help you.
  • The escorted crossings are for light vehicles only. To keep our contractors safe, heavy vehicles can’t be accommodated.
  • Full access is always available for emergency services.

State Highway 2, Remutaka Hill, planned night closures. January - June 2024

Nights closed

Start 9pm

Finish 4am


14 April

19 April


19 May

26 May

24 May

31 May


16 June

21 June

More information about planned maintenance closures for Remutaka Hill can be found on our website: