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Hastings rural roads and bridges estimated reopening dates

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Restoring access to rural communities cut off by the Cyclone remains one of Hastings District Council’s most significant priorities in our emergency response, with near 100 teams working on various sites across the district. Several roads have been reopened, while assessment, planning and construction of remaining sites continue.

Roads reopened (essential services and residents only):

  • Whanawhana Rd (temporary access restored),
  • Potter Rd
  • Hendley Rd, Patoka (4 x 4 only)
  • Huiarangi Rd, Patoka
  • Taihape-Napier Rd
  • Ridgemount Rd, Tutira
  • Mimiha Rd, Te Haroto
  • McVicar Rd, Te Haroto
  • Pohokura Rd (4 x 4 only to end of road via Waitara Rd)

Residents across the region are reminded that repaired rural roads are restricted to local residents and emergency and construction traffic.

As of March 6, these rural roads have planned work with estimated reopening dates:


  • Pakatutu Rd (two weeks)
  • Puketītiri Rd (low crossing open to residents during daylight; Bailey Bridge access mid-March)
  • Waihau Road (open to light traffic; improved access from 10 March)
  • Dartmoor Rd (4-5 weeks for temporary bridge)
  • Mangatutu Rd (two months)
  • Taihape-Napier Rd (open to Glenross Rd from 10 March)          


  • Mangleton Road – March 7
  • Kereru Road – two months


  • Te Waka Road – one week
  • Ellis Wallace Road – end of March

The following bridges and roads are still waiting on information and updates will be supplied as soon as details become available:


  • Makahu Road – TBA waiting for flood waters to recede
  • Vicarage Road – More than 2 months
  • Waiohiki Road – More than 2 months


  • Darky Spur Road – months
  • Pohokura Road – TBA
  • Matahorua Road – TBA
  • Haeys Access Road – TBA
  • Glenbrook Road – TBA
  • Waikare Road – TBA
  • Aropaoanui Road – TBA
  • Waipunga Road - TBA

Bailey Bridges will play a vital role in the recovery response, providing temporary access to isolated areas. Sites where bridges have been destroyed are being assess for technical and engineering suitability:

  • Moeangiangi, Waikare Road
  • Whanawhana, Whanwhana Road         
  • Ellis-Wallace, Ellis Wallace Road
  • Mangatutu Low Level, Mangatutu Road

Other sites in progress (but not complete) are:

  • SH35 Hikuwai bridge
  • SH2 Waikare River bridge
  • Rissington bridge

While access is being progressed, isolated communities will continue to received helicopter and ground drops of vital supplies and essentials. Further information will be provided as updates comes to hand.

For the latest roading updates please refer to

6 March 2023

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