Work progressing to re-open West Coast roads – caution urged for travel in Lower North Island this weekend


Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency says work is underway to re-open flood and slip-damaged state highways on the West Coast following this week’s torrential rain.

Rain is clearing and river levels are receding in Westport and the upper part of Buller district. SH6 from Westport to Greymouth has re-opened, as has SH7 from Greymouth to Reefton, SH6 from Maruia to Inangahua, and SH69 from Inangahua to Reefton. Drivers are advised to use extra caution with some surface flooding still likely and speed restrictions in place to ensure the safety of road users.

The following State Highways in the region remain closed, with damage assessments and clearance work underway as access permits:

  • SH 6 (Lower Buller Gorge)
  • SH 7 (Reefton to Hanmer)
  • S65 (Shenandoah to Springs Junction)
  • SH67 Westport to Mokihinui (and the local road beyond to Karamea)

Metservice has issued heavy rain and wind warnings for several parts of the Lower and Central North Island, with gale force south-easterlies also possible on Sunday, including further north for the Auckland region.

Waka Kotahi will closely monitor road conditions throughout the weekend, and drivers are advised that roads may be closed at short notice in order to ensure the safety of motorists.

Waka Kotahi urges all drivers to take extra care when driving in areas affected by the severe weather conditions, avoid unnecessary travel, and to check the latest conditions before driving on the Journey Planner.

Journey Planner(external link)

A further update will be provided after 6pm.

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