Upcoming 3-night closure of Remutaka Hill for essential maintenance

Waka Kotahi are advising motorists that State Highway 2 (SH2) over the Remutaka Hill will be closed for essential maintenance on 3 nights, Sunday 6 November to Tuesday 8 November, from 9pm to 4am the following morning.

Due to the amount of work completed during the previous closures only 3 nights are needed for this closure and not 5 nights as per the previously publicised annual programme.

These closures significantly reduce the number of daytime disruptions for road users. Road crews can also complete a large amount of work safely over a small number of closures because multiple crews can work across the hill at the same time without disrupting traffic.

  • Waka Kotahi cannot offer crossings of the Remutaka Hill during the maintenance closures unless a traveller has special circumstances and has booked for one of the four time slots available.
    • Hutt to Featherston 10.30pm
    • Featherston to Hutt 11.30pm
    • Hutt to Featherston 12.30am
    • Featherston to Hutt 1.30am
  • The amount of work taking place makes unplanned crossings unsafe to manage – for both workers and road users. Any travellers with special circumstances should contact customer@wta.nzta.govt.nz. Otherwise we regret that travellers turning up without a booking will be turned away.
  • Waka Kotahi will remain in contact with Emergency Services to ensure we can provide safe passage of ‘flashing light’ vehicles.
  • More information about the closures can be found at www.nzta.govt.nz/remutaka

Waka Kotahi understand the closure may inconvenience some road users and thank you for your patience and understanding as crews carry out this essential work.

Regular users of this route are encouraged to stay up to date on upcoming closures. While these dates are fixed, bad weather may cause work to be cancelled. A full list of planned closures is in the table below:

Scheduled Remutaka Hill State Highway 2 Closures 2022–2023

NightsStart 9pmFinish 4am
3Sunday 6 November 2022**Wednesday 9 November 2022
1Sunday 8 January 2023Monday 9 January 2023
5Sunday 26 February 2023Friday 3 March 2023
1Sunday 9 April 2023Monday 10 April 2023
*10Sunday 14 May 2023
*Sunday 21 May 2023
Friday 19 May 2023
Friday 26 May 2023
1Sunday 11 June 2023Monday 12 June 2023

**Only 3 nights required and not 5 as previously advertised.

*Contingency – additional block of closures included in case a special resilience project is required.

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