While rain continued to fall on the west coast and upper South Island overnight, there were no further closures of national highways in the region. West Coast routes remain open and the biggest network issues are centered in Nelson, Marlborough and Takaka.

State Highway 63 Renwick has reopened between Alma and Anglesea streets after being closed by flooding yesterday and overnight.

Closures of national highways:

  • SH60 Takaka. Closed between Haldane Road and Pupu Valley Road intersection.
  • SH6 Nelson, road of the rocks. Closed due to severe slip hazard. It is likely to be closed until Friday noon and possibly longer.
    • The detour route passes through Haven Rd, Halifax St, Rutherford St and Waimea Rd. This route is available for Heavy Duty Vehicles (HCV) – noting that there are no other alternative routes through the city due to size and weight restrictions. All vehicles must observe speed limits.
  • SH6 Malborough. Flood. Closed from Hira to Havelock.
    • Detour available via SH63, Saint Arnaud.

Slips and localized flooding are an ongoing risk across the region, with SH60 in Takaka and Riwaka/Motueka affected.

Waka Kotahi is monitoring conditions and will re-evaluate state roads as the weather changes. If the weather improves and river levels drop, roads may be able to reopen. However, the Metservice predicts more severe weather for the central South Island on Saturday. It will bring further heavy rains to areas that have already experienced significant rainfall.

People in affected areas are asked not to travel unless they have to. If you must use the roads, check their condition with Waka Kotahi and local councils before setting out. With more rain forecast, roads may be closed at short notice.

People should also keep up to date with the latest weather information.

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