UPDATED – State Highway 59, Pukerua Bay, closed due to treefall risk - NOW OPEN


Update 6:40 pm:

The tree has been removed and the highway is now open to all traffic.

Waka Kotahi wants to thank drivers for their understanding and cooperation while the tree was removed and the highway made safe.

With strong winds still affecting Wellington and Wairarapa and Metservice weather warnings in place until midnight, drivers are urged to be cautious on the roads and drive to the conditions.

Extra care is needed in exposed areas, particularly for those driving of high-sided vehicles (vans, trucks, campervans), as well as motorcyclists and cyclists.

Update 3 pm:

State Highway 59 remains closed in Pukerua Bay as contractors and arborists work to remove a dangerous tree to prevent it falling onto the highway.

Crews are working as quickly as possible to remove the tree, but this is expected to take until early this evening to complete.

The highway is now closed at Fisherman’s Table (Ames Street) in the north and Gray Street to the south. Access is available for affected residents.

Drivers should continue to avoid the area and use an alternative route.

26 October 2023 2:25 pm

State Highway 59 has been closed to all traffic in Pukerua Bay as contractors remove a tree in danger of falling onto the highway.

Because of the risk to the public and road users the highway has to be closed while the tree is removed.

State Highway 59 is closed between Gray Street and Teihana Road West.

Drivers are asked to avoid the area and use an alternative route.

Road users travelling between Porirua/Wellington and the Kāpiti Coast should use State Highway 1, Transmission Gully.

Updates on the highway’s status can be found on Journey Planner.

Highway conditions – Wellington(external link)