The highway linking the West Coast and Otago closed after 7 am this morning due to a rockfall on the Otago side.
NZ Transport Agency crews are working to clear the slip this morning with State Highway 6 south of Makarora, likely to be closed until mid-afternoon.
The Transport Agency will update the highway’s status at 3 pm or earlier if it reopens before then, says Mark Stewart, Transport Agency Maintenance Contract Manager. (See web link below (external link) )
There is no simple road alternative to the SH6 route linking Haast and Queenstown Lakes District.
Photo taken at the slip site earlier today: