News: Road conditions Wednesday

10 August 2022, 4.46pm

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. Bush Gully Road and Moeraki Road are also open.

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

9am: Waihenga Bridge is still closed but river levels are dropping. Ponatahi Bridge is open.

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

August 9, 9.07am: 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 on watch. 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.

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