Road conditions


​​​​​Waitaki District Council is responsible for the maintenance and development of local streets and roads, while the  NZ Transport Agency (NZTA ) manages the state highways in the district.

Current local road conditions

Below is a list of road closures, events, and major road works in the Waitaki District. Click on the 'Map' link in each item to view a map showing the area affected. 

This information is kept up-to-date as much as possible and provided in good faith. The accuracy is not guaranteed and Waitaki District Council accepts no liability for any error.  


State highways conditions

State Highways are managed by the N ZTA. 

For updates on state highway conditions please go to the New Zealand Transport Agency website or call 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49).

The State Highways which run through our district include the following (please click on the map to enlarge or download them): Google map for Waitaki.

  • SH1; Waitaki River to Dunedin City boundary.

  • SH83; Pukeuri Junction to Omarama.

  • SH8; Central Otago District boundary to Mackenzie District boundary.

  • SH85; Palmerston to Central Otago District boundary.

Long-term Temporary Speed Limits

Approval of Temporary Speed Limits (TSL) are in terms of Section 5 of Land Transport Rule: Setting of Speed Limits 2017, Rule 54001. 

Temporary speed limits for roads or sections of roads are listed below (and are indicated by speed limit signs):

Temporary Speed Limits

Beach Road


50 km/h

6/12/17 to 25/06/19

A temporary speed limit of 50km/h is in force near Kakanui from the new realignment to High Street.

Gemmells Crossing Road

Gemmells Crossing Bridge

50 km/h

6/12/17 to 25/06/19

A temporary speed limit of 50km/h is in force at the Gemmells Crossing Bridge in order to reduce vehicle speeds and increase the life of the bridge.

Haven Street

Community Rebuild section

30 km/h

6/12/17 to 25/06/19

A temporary speed limit of 30km/h is in force on this street from outside the Coronation Hall to the end of the community rebuild section.

Waianakarua Road

Orore Point

50 km/h

6/12/17 to 25/06/19

A temporary speed limit of 50km/h is in force at Orore Point (approx. 9.5kms from SH1) due to road shoulder subsidence.

Lake Ohau RoadA2O trail to Ohau Village to Ohau Lodge70 km/h31/1/18 to 25/06/19A temporary speed limit of 70km/h is in force approx. 16km from SH8 to Lake Ohau Lodge.
​Humber Street, Tyne Street, Itchen Street, Wansbeck Street, Harbour Street​Historic Precinct, Oamaru​30 km/h​19/10/18 to 1/05/19​A temporary speed limit of 30km/h is in force within the Historic Precinct, from Labour Weekend until 1 May 2019.

Bridge Closures

Under Schedule 10 of the Local Government Act 1974, the below bridge has been temporarily closed for safety purposes:

RoadBridgeLocationDate ClosedDetails
Slaughter Yard RoadSlaughter Yard Road BridgeEnfiel d20/7/15Bridge Closure. Please note that this bridge is now closed to vehicular traffic from 7am Monday 20 July 2015.

The detour route is via Coal Pit Road.

Page reviewed: 14 Jun 2019 10:37am