Upcoming 5-night closure of Remutaka Hill for essential maintenance


Waka Kotahi is reminding motorists that State Highway 2 (SH2) over the Remutaka Hill will be closed for five nights from Sunday night, 4 September, to Friday morning, 9 September.

The overnight closures, from 9 pm to 4 am, allow essential maintenance and slip prevention work to be carried out.

These closures significantly reduce the number of daytime disruptions for road users. Road crews can also complete a large amount of work safely over a small number of closures because multiple crews can work across the hill at the same time without disrupting traffic.

  • We cannot offer crossings of the Remutaka Hill during these maintenance closures unless a traveller has special circumstances and has booked. We will remain in contact with Emergency Services to ensure we can prepare for the safe passage of their vehicles. The amount of work taking place makes unplanned crossings unsafe to manage – for both the workers and road users. Any travellers with special circumstances should contact customer@wta.nzta.govt.nz  Otherwise, we regret that travellers turning up without a booking will be turned away.
  • More information about the closures can be found at www.nzta.govt.nz/remutaka or email remutaka@nzta.govt.nz

Waka Kotahi understands the closure may inconvenience some road users. We want to thank them for their patience and understanding as we carry out this essential work.

Regular users of this route are encouraged to stay up to date on upcoming closures. While these dates are fixed, bad weather may cause work to be cancelled. A full list of planned closures is in the table below:

Scheduled Remutaka Hill State Highway 2 Closures 2022–2023 

Nights Start 9pm Finish 4am
5 Sunday 4 September 2022 Friday 9 September 2022
1 Sunday 9 October 2022 Monday 10 October 2022
5 Sunday 6 November 2022 Friday 11 November 2022
1 Sunday 8 January 2023 Monday 9 January 2022
5 Sunday 26 February 2023 Friday 3 March 2023
1 Sunday 9 April 2023 Monday 10 April 2023

Sunday 14 May 2023

*Sunday 21 May 2023

Friday 19 May 2023

Friday 26 May 2023


Sunday 11 June 2023

Monday 12 June 2023

* Contingency – additional block of closures included in case a special resilience project is required.

You can also find out more about other planned roadworks in the Wellington/Wairarapa region on our website.

Wellington/Wairarapa Roadworks(external link)