Adverse weather warnings and road closures

Road and bridge closures

10 August, 5pm:

White Rock Road is closed at Tuturumuri due to slips, crews are working to gain access.

Tora is open but caution is advised. The crew will be on site again tomorrow. White Rock Road is closed at Tuturumuri due to slips, crews are working to gain access. Bush Gully Road and Moeraki Road are also open.

11am: Waihenga Bridge is now open. Please take care at Jenkins Dip where there has been surface flooding. A 30km/h speed restriction is in place as a precaution.

10 August 9am: Waihenga Bridge is still closed but river levels are dropping. Alternative access to Martinborough is via Ponatahi Bridge or Kahutara/Lake Ferry Rd.

9 August, 11.30am: Waihenga bridge is closed. Access via Lake Ferry and Kahutara Rd is still open, as is the Longbush route north but the Ponatahi bridge is closed.


  • Waihenga bridge at Martinborough is still open but on watch after yesterday’s heavy rain. River levels are currently just over 4 metres high, and forecast to continue rising to around 4.3m. An update is due at midday.
  • The Ponatahi bridge over the Huangarua river is being cleaned and may reopen in the next hour or so, although it is also being closely monitored. Please travel carefully down that road as there is still some surface flooding.
  • All roads to the coast are currently closed. This includes Flatpoint, Glenburn, Pahaoa, Tora Te Awaiti and White Rock.
  • The Hinekura community is isolated until flooding recedes. Moeraki Road, between Takapau and the bridge close to Moeraki station, is impassable
  • There is a slip on the road close to Wainuioru Station and trees are down in a number of places
  • Bush Gully Road is expected to flood.

Drivers should in general be on the watch for flooding and slips due to the ground being so heavily saturated. We thank you for your feedback on road conditions, and ask for your patience as our stretched roading team makes its way around the district.

(8 August 2022)

The forecasted severe weather for the week is here. Ponatahi bridge at Huangarua, in and out of Martinborough, is closed due to a high river level. There are numerous surface flooding and slip events around the district.

** Tuturumuri Road

** Lake Ferry Road in various spots between the Martinborough village and Dry River

** Cape Palliser Road near Te Kopi DoC hut

The roading team is attending to these as soon as they can. Drivers are urged to drive to the conditions, and travel only if you need to.

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