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Information about roadworks between Manawatū and Tararua

State Highway 3 through the Manawatū Gorge has been closed since slips caused major damage to the road in April 2017. State highway traffic is being rerouted across the Saddle Road (north of the gorge) and the Pahīatua Track (south of the gorge).

All roadworks are subject to weather and other factors and may be cancelled or postponed at late notice.

Saddle Road (Ashhurst to Woodville)

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is advising that Saddle Road will be closing for essential pavement repairs and maintenance works at various times from 18 April to 14 May 2021.

  • Sunday 18 – Thursday 22 April
    Five night-time closures
    Night: 6pm–6am
  • Monday 26 April
    One night-time closure on Anzac Day
    Night: 6pm–6am
  • Tuesday 27 – Friday 30 April
    Four day-time and night-time closures
    Day: 9am–4pm
    Night: 6pm–6am
  • Monday 3 – Friday 7 May
    Five day-time closures
    Day: 9am–2:30pm
  • Monday 10 – Friday 14 May
    Five day-time closures
    Day: 9am–2:30pm

Detour shown in blue over the Pahiatua Track

Pahīatua Track (Aokautere to Pahīatua)

  • Monday 19 April
    STOP/GO near Ballance Valley Rd during the day for sign maintenance
  • Monday 19 and Wednesday 21 April
    STOP/GO near North Range Rd during the day for road maintenance
  • Tuesday 20 April
    STOP/GO near Nikau Rd during the day for road maintenance
  • Thursday 22 April
    STOP/GO near Pukemiku Rd during the day for road maintenance

Gorge Road

  • Tuesday 20 April
    STOP/GO on Gorge Rd during the day for road maintenance

Ballance Valley Road

  • Tuesday 20 April
    STOP/GO near North Range Rd during the day for road maintenance
  • Wednesday 21 April
    STOP/GO near Post office Rd during the day for road maintenance

Detour map

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Latest updates on the Te Ahu a Turanga: Manawatū Tararua Highway (Manawatū Gorge replacement) project(external link)