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Source: New Zealand Transport Agency

Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead to avoid delays through the Tangarakau Gorge on State Highway 43 (The Forgotten World Highway) over the coming months.

Work to seal the remaining unsealed section of State Highway 43 will start Monday 15 November.

Funded through Kānoa – Regional Economic Development and Investment unit, the project will improve safety and boost the region’s economy, while retaining the picturesque journey and protecting the natural environment.

Due to the constrained environment through the gorge and the heavy machinery required to undertake the work, the road will need to be closed  for periods while work is undertaken.

The road will be closed to traffic for a 2km section north of Moki Road, through the gorge, from 8am -12pm and 1pm – 5pm Monday to Friday until March 2022.

North and southbound traffic will be let through the site at the following times under Stop/Go traffic management with temporary speed limits in place:




12-1pm (road open)




Motorists are asked to plan their journey to arrive at the gorge at these times to avoid delays of up to one hour.

Crews will clear traffic at other times if there are vehicle queues and emergency services will be permitted access at all times.

Waka Kotahi takes seriously its responsibilities for the safety of staff, contractors and members of the public. All of our worksites have comprehensive COVID-19 protocols and work plans in place for the various alert levels, which are strictly adhered to.

Please drive carefully through the site, pay attention to directions from traffic management staff and signs, and treat our road works with kindness and respect as they work hard to undertake this important work.

Waka Kotahi thanks motorists for their patience.

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