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Project introduction

Opononi is located on SH12 and the foreshore has suffered recent erosion which is threatening the state highway at a number of locations.

  • Project type

    Road improvements
  • Project status


Purpose of this project

Opononi is a thriving community and a popular summer destination for tourists and boaties. SH12 also forms a significant section of the Twin Coast Discovery Route. The Transport Agency will repair the affected areas and work with iwi, the local community and the Far North District to develop a long term management plan.


  • Improved safe and resilience
  • A long term management plan that supports proactive maintenance of the foreshore and seawall.

The Transport Agency will also look at how it can contribute to the Far North District Council’s Corridor Management Plan for Opononi and Omapere which outlines the community’s aspirations for the area in the shaping of the environment, infrastructure, services and facilities.

Project update - October 2019

The NZ Transport Agency is currently restoring and improving sections of sea wall along State Highway 12 to protect the shoreline from coastal erosion.

The existing sea wall has suffered erosion from storm events which is threatening the state highway at a number of locations between Opononi and Omapere.

Work commenced in May and the project is expected to be completed by the end of November.

Where there is existing sea wall this has been removed and reconstructed with additional rocks to make the sea wall wider and more effective. Existing culverts are also being extended as part of the works.

Progress to date

Since commencing these resilience works in May, over one kilometre of seawall has been completed.

August was the most productive month with 458 metres of seawall constructed.

A total of 104 metres of seawall was constructed in September and reinstatement works completed between the boatshed and Kokohuia Road.

Drainage works and culvert extensions have also been completed.

Upcoming works

The remaining section of seawall between the 4 Square and the boat ramp is underway this month.

Reinstatement works, including footpath repair works, will also be completed.