Tairāwhiti/Hawke’s Bay roading update


Roading contractors will today continue to clean up stretches of the state highway network affected by the rain yesterday and Friday.

Please continue to avoid all unnecessary travel and if you are driving, drive to the conditions.


State Highway update as at 12pm:

SH35 from Te Puia Springs to Tolaga Bay - CLOSED

SH2 north between Ōpōtiki and Gisborne - OPEN

SH2 south between Gisborne and Wairoa - OPEN

Hawke’s Bay

State Highway update as at 12pm:

SH2 between Wairoa and the Eskdale turn off - CLOSED

SH38 between Lake Waikaremoana and Wairoa - CLOSED

SH5 between Napier and Taupō - CLOSED

SH2 south from the Esk Valley turnoff - OPEN

SH50 south from Napier - OPEN

SH51 south from Napier - OPEN

Napier-Taihape Road - CLOSED

“It’s crucial people who are using the roads, drive to the conditions – so expect to possibly see more silt on the roads, more debris or slips. Our contractors are continuing to work to clear debris as soon as we’re made aware of it.

“Our priority is ensuring the roads which are open are made as safe as possible for all road users.”

Please note this information can change rapidly – ensure you check the latest weather conditions with MetService, and consult the Waka Kotahi Journey Planner for the most up to date information on road closures.

Journey Planner(external link)

For those who are unable to access the internet at this stage, please keep tuned to local radio for the latest Civil Defence advice.

Journey Planner is updated 24/7 by Waka Kotahi traffic operations centres and is the best source of the most recent and reliable information available on state highway closures and disruptions. Remember to refresh the page when checking the status of highways to ensure that the latest updates are displayed.