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.  ​

​​Interactive map for Waitaki local road conditions​


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 25/12/19

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 25/12/19

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 25/12/19

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 25/12/19

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 25/12/19A temporary speed limit of 70km/h is in force approx. 16km from SH8 to Lake Ohau Lodge.

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: 10 Dec 2019 1:33pm