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State Highway 6, Haast Pass route, linking the West Coast and Otago, closed due to rockfall


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.

  • The detour would involve SH73 (Arthur’s Pass/ Otira) and the highways through the middle or SH1 along the eastern side of the South Island.

Photo taken at the slip site earlier today: (external link)