CONTACT CENTRE WAIT TIMES: Our Contact Centre is currently experiencing significant wait times. View frequently asked questions

SCAM ALERTS: Report a phishing scam or learn about the latest phishing emails

ROAD USER CHARGES (RUC) DISCOUNT: Find out more about the temporary RUC reduction scheme

ONLINE SERVICES: We are currently experiencing issues with all our online services at the moment. We are working to resolve the services as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

COVID-19 SERVICES UPDATE: Information on Waka Kotahi services, extensions and more

ONLINE SERVICES: We currently have an issue with receiving some payments and are working to resolve this issue as quickly as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience.

EASTER WEEKEND – PLAN AHEAD: Heading away for the long weekend? Check our holiday journeys tool(external link)

SCAM ALERTS: Refund email and Vehicle licence (rego) renewal phishing emails

CONTACT CENTRE WAIT TIMES: Our Contact Centre is currently experiencing significant wait times. View frequently asked questions

CONTACT CENTRE PHONE LINES: Our Contact Centre phone lines are currently unavailable. View frequently asked questions

Safety upgrade for historic Lyell Reserve intersection


Driving in and out of the Lyell Reserve, the site of an historic gold mining village near state highway 6 in the Buller Gorge is about to become both safer and easier.

The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) has awarded the contract for a major safety upgrade of the Lyell intersection to Coastal Construction. Work will start later this month and is expected to be completed by end of July. The cost of the project is $185,000.

NZTA Regional State Highways Manager Colin Knaggs says the NZTA is working closely with Department of Conservation on this project that will improve visibility where the access road joins state highway 6, and provide more room for highway traffic to avoid vehicles turning out of the reserve. The Lyell Reserve is a significant tourist attraction in the Buller District with the campsite run by the Department of Conservation popular with visitors.

“At the moment the access from the state highway road onto the reserve access road is tight and often means larger vehicles such as campervans cannot turn into the entrance in one manoeuvre. On occasions this has lead to the entranceway and one lane of the highway being temporarily blocked when larger vehicles have got stuck trying to get into the reserve from the highway”.

A new entrance way will be built further west away from a blind corner on state highway 6 and will improve sight distances for motorists. The state highway through this section will be widened to provide a right turn bay and a retaining wall built to accommodate the wider road way.

Colin Knaggs says in the last 10 years there have been 10 reported crashes on this section of state highway 6, although discussions with local residents and towing firms suggest there have been a large number of unreported crashes as well. This project should go along way to bringing these crash figures down.