State Highway 59 facing longer-term closure because of slip risk - State Highway 58 closure tonight


State Highway 59 between Paekākāriki and Pukerua Bay will remain closed until further notice.

The highway has been closed since Friday after multiple slips. However, further assessments over the weekend show the slip site remains highly unstable.

Making the site safe will be a significant job, and it could take several weeks before it can reopen to traffic.

A further update on its status will be provided on Friday 26 August. Work is underway to determine the best options for fixing and reopening the highway.

Pukerua Bay residents can access from the south. Paekākāriki resident access is to the north. All other road users should avoid the area and use State Highway 1, Transmission Gully, as an alternative route.

State Highway 58 – Paremata Road, between Postgate Drive and James Cook Drive

CLOSED tonight, Sunday, 21 August, 9 pm - 4.30 am

This section of State Highway 58 will be closed tonight to allow crews to remove slips and clear debris from the road.

Drivers can detour through local roads and heavy vehicles are asked to use alternative state highways.

We want to thank road users for their patience and understanding while these emergency works are done.

Detour map

State Highway 58 detour map

Bad weather has affected road networks across Wellington, and the state highway network has had a large number of smaller slips. These will be cleared over the next few days and nights.

There will be full closures and stop/go traffic control around the network as this happens.

Road users should check roads are open before they travel, drive to the conditions, watch their following distances, and be prepared for delays.