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Source: New Zealand Transport Agency

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency advises State Highway 2 Karangahake Gorge will be closed between 8pm and 5am on Monday 15 and Tuesday 16 February for road resurfacing.

Signage and cordons will be in place between Paeroa and Waihī.

Waikato System Manager Cara Lauder says detours for this route are significant and encourages motorists to plan their travel for outside closure times, where possible.

“The southbound detour takes motorists south on SH2 from Waihī to Tauranga, then onto State Highway 29 over the Kaimai Range, State Highway 24 to Matamata, State Highway 27 to Tatuanui and State Highway 26 to Paeroa. Motorists travelling from Paeroa take the same route, in the opposite direction.

“Northbound, motorists travelling from Waihī should take State Highway 25, turning onto State Highway 25A (Kōpū-Hikuai Road) and then State Highway 26 between Kōpū and Paeroa, with motorists travelling from Paeroa taking the same route, in reverse.”

Residents access will be available to Mackaytown and Karangahake Village from the western (Paeroa) side and to Waikino Village from the eastern (Waihī) side.

There will also be a one-way detour for northbound traffic between 8pm and 5am on Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 February via Old Tauranga Road and Waitawheta Road to allow for resurfacing works between Waikino and the Athenree Gorge. 

These works are part of the Waka Kotahi spring/summer road maintenance programme, which will see repairs and reseals on state highways across the Waikato to ensure the safety and resilience of the state highway network.

In the event of bad weather or other unforeseen circumstances, work may be postponed. Visit the interactive Waka Kotahi Journey Planner website for the latest information on roadworks, traffic, road closures and detours to help plan your trip.

Journey planner(external link)

Waka Kotahi thanks motorists for their patience. 

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