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Information about planned maintenance work and projects to improve the state highways in the Taranaki region.

For information on current road works visit the Journey Planner website.

Journey Planner(external link)

Please drive carefully through work sites, keep to the temporary speed limits and be respectful of our crews who are working hard to maintain the roads.

Upcoming road maintenance from January to May 2022

SH3 Hāwera pre-reseal repairs

526 January 2022 

Crews will complete urgent repairs in Hāwera on South Road between Denby and Disraeli Roads in preparation for resealing later in the season. The work is scheduled to take 2–3 weeks and will be run under Stop/Go traffic management with delays of up to 10-15 minutes at a time.

SH3 Highlands Lowlands (south Eltham) rehabilitations

17 January19 February 2022

Road repairs will be undertaken on two sites just south of Eltham. Contractors will combine and operate the two sites concurrently to reduce the overall construction period. 

To ensure the safety of both road users and our crews, and to reduce traffic delays and queues, only northbound traffic will be permitted to use SH3 during this time.

Southbound traffic will be detoured from SH3 via old Mountain Road, Ketemarae Road, and Wallscourt Place, returning to SH3 at the Egmont Street intersection in Normanby.

The detour for southbound traffic will add an additional 5–10 minutes to the journey between Eltham and Normanby. This approach is more efficient in comparison to the traditional Stop/Go traffic management, which would cause delays of 20–30 minutes each way. By reducing the volume of traffic travelling through the worksite, it is also safer for road users and our crews.  

SH3 Awakino Gorge pre-reseal repairs

1729 January 2022

Crews will complete a large number pre-reseal repairs in the Awakino Gorge, starting north of the Awakino Tunnel bypass and moving south. The work will be completed in two 4-5km long sites. Each site will be run using Stop/Go with delays of 20–30 minutes at a time. 

State highway improvement projects

SH3 Waitara to Bell Block

Major infrastructure works to make SH3 safer between Waitara and Bell Block will get underway early in the new year.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency contractors will begin installing stormwater infrastructure to support a new roundabout and underpass at the SH3/Princess Street intersection that will be built later in the year.

Northbound light vehicles will be detoured through Waitara while the work is underway.


SH43 Forgotten World Highway

With support from the Government’s Provincial Growth Fund, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is undertaking a project to seal 12km of unsealed road through the Tangarakau Gorge. Other improvements for the route are also underway with support from with support from the from the regional package of the NZ Upgrade Programme.


SH3 Awakino to Mt Messenger

Improvements are underway on SH3 from Awakino Gorge to Mt Messenger to improve safety, resilience and route availability. This 58km section of SH3 is Taranaki’s main route north, it runs through rough terrain and is winding and narrow.