West Coast flooding update 10.15 am Saturday – Fox to Haast has now reopened, MetService warnings largely lifted South Island


SH6 south of Fox Glacier township to Haast reopened this morning around 10 am. People should anticipate single lane in places and take care on this route, says Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency.

The Lower Buller Gorge, SH6, into Westport from Inangahua closed last night due to flooding but has now reopened.

SH6 linking Nelson and Marlborough via the Rai Valley is likely to remain closed all day and overnight.

MetService warnings for Te Waipounamu/the South Island have now been lifted with an Orange warning remaining over the Marlborough Sounds.

MetService Orange warning for Upper South region(external link)

SH6 Hira to Rai Valley, through the Whangamoas – closed

This part of SH6 linking Nelson and Marlborough remains closed and may not open today or overnight. The next update is 9 am Sunday.

Overnight rain caused substantial damage, say Waka Kotahi’s roading contractors.  A significant clean-up is needed once flood waters abate.

Drivers can take the Wairau Valley and St Arnaud/ Kawatiri Junction route, SH63.

Journey Planner road closures for this area(external link) 

Westport to Mokihinui to the north, SH67 – should reopen today

This closure was extended further south to Fairdown on Friday night. Once flood waters abate, the highway will reopen, even if single lane. 

Stop Press: Lower Buller Gorge closed due to a fresh slip.

Next update midday Saturday.

Journey Planner road closures for this area(external link)

Highway updates(external link)

Waka Kotahi thanks all drivers and residents for taking care over Waitangi Weekend especially in places where there has been flooding and where the highway is down to a single lane ahead of remediation to come.

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