Slip repairs to resume at Spooners Saddle, State Highway 6. Two-day road closure planned - update 2 June (road now open)


Update 2 June:

The slip repairs are complete, and the highway is now open to all traffic.

Work was finished ahead of schedule on Thursday evening and the road reopened at around 10 pm.

Waka Kotahi wants to thank affected residents and road users for their patience and cooperation while these works were carried out.

Earthworks machines are removing the debris from the road

Spooners Saddle slip repairs, State Highway 6


Nelson and Tasman drivers travelling south on State Highway 6 will need to use a local road detour as slip repairs resume at Spooners Saddle from tomorrow morning Wednesday, 31 May.

The highway will be closed for 48 hours from 7 am to allow contractors to carry out further work to stabilise the slip face.

More overhanging material will be removed. The hill face will be benched, and catch fences repaired.

slip has come down to the road and orange cones are surround it

Spooners Saddle slip, State Highway 6

The nature of the site and the road's narrowness means a full closure is necessary. It is unsafe to have traffic in the slip zone near heavy machinery while the work is underway. However, closing the road will allow the work to be finished much faster.

The work will make the site safer and reduce the number of times road crews will be needed to be called out in the future to remove rockfalls and slips.

Waka Kotahi appreciates the closure will create delays for drivers. However, the slip repairs must be completed as quickly as possible to make the highway safe for all road users. We want to thank drivers for their patience and understanding while this work is carried out.

Works schedule

  • 7 am Wednesday, 31 May to 7 am Friday, 2 June.
  • State Highway 6 will be closed to all traffic between Belgrove and Kohatu.

Detour route

  • For southbound vehicles, the detour is left off State Highway 6 onto Wai-iti Valley Road, right onto Stock Road, right onto Valley Road, right onto North Road, and left back onto State Highway 6. The reverse applies to northbound drivers.
  • This detour is suitable for all vehicles but will result in longer journey times, particularly during the day when traffic volumes will be higher. Drivers should factor this into their travel plans.