The South Island’s Otago and South Westland have been hit by a storm.  The full extent of the damage is not apparent yet.  But road warnings and closures are in place. Check out the latest closures here.

To help plan your trip, visit the NZTA website.

Canterbury

Location Event type Impact Comments Detour route
SH 1 Rangitata River Bridge, Canterbury (map view) Road Hazard Road Closed
Flooding

Due to flooding, State Highway 1 is closed at the Rangitata Bridge and is expected to remain closed today (Monday 9th December). Please note that Route 72 Arundel Bridge is also closed.

No detour available. Avoid the area or delay your journey if possible.
SH N/A (Route 72) Arundel, Upper Rangitata Bridge, Canterbury (map view) Road Hazard ROAD OPEN
Flooding

Due to flooding this local road is closed at the Upper Rangitata Bridge. Road users are advised to delay their journeys.

NOW OPEN
SH 73 Springfield to to Otira, Canterbury (map view) Area Warning Caution
Surface Water

Heavy rain has caused slips and surface flooding. Slow down

n/a

West Coast

South Westland has been hit by a massive storm.  The full extent of the damage is not apparent yet.  The road is closed from Harihari at this stage but the storm may move further north.

Location Event type Impact Comments Detour route
SH 7 Stillwater to Greymouth at Omoto, West Coast (map view) Road Hazard Caution
Slip

The road is now open to two lanes with a 30km/h temporary speed restriction. Take extra care along this route.

Not Applicable
SH 6 Inangahua Junction to Westport, West Coast (map view) Road Hazard Caution
Traffic Signal Fault

The Fern Arch traffic lights are currently experiencing technical difficulty. Take care and proceed with caution.

n/a
SH 6 Franz Josef to Haast, West Coast (map view) Area Warning Road Closed
Washout

Due to flooding, State Highway 6 is now closed between Franz Josef Glacier and Haast.

Not Applicable.
SH 6 Hokitika to Franz Josef, West Coast (map view) Area Warning ROAD OPEN
Slip

Due to multiple slips on the road, State Highway 6 is now closed from the intersection with Ruatapu Road to Franz Josef Glacier.
Road to Harihari is open to essential vehicles and residents. Check with road block staff

ROAD OPEN

Otago

Location Event type Impact Comments Detour route
SH 6 Makarora to The Neck, near Boundary Creek, Otago (map view) Road Hazard Caution
Slip

Due to a slip blocking the westbound lane, the road is down to one lane under priority give way with a temporary speed limit of 30km/h in place. Road users are advised to expect minor delays and to take extra care.

Not Applicable.
SH 6 Haast to Makarora (Haast Pass), Otago (map view) Area Warning Road Closed
Slip

Slip clearing still in place. Road will close overnight at 4pm and will reopen at 10am 9/12/2019

Not Applicable.
SH 1 Palmerston to Waitaki Bridge, Otago (map view) Area Warning Caution
Strong Winds

Extra care is required especially for high-sided vehicles and motorcycles.

Not Applicable