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Source: New Zealand Transport Agency

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency advises that State Highway 25 on the Thames-Coast is closed between Tapu and Waiomu due to two large slips which came down last night blocking both lanes.


Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency contractors have worked hard all day clearing two major slips blocking SH25. Vehicles trapped between the two slips were escorted out around 12.30pm today once the smaller slip at Waiomu was sufficiently clear. Contractors piloted waiting traffic through the site in both directions this afternoon once it was possible to do so. Traffic escorts are on hold tonight while the final stages of clean up continue. There is a lot of material to be swept clear so the road is expected to remain closed for the next couple of hours at least, before opening later this evening.

This information updates the bulletin below.

Road closure signs have been in place since last night and contractors are on site this morning.

The largest slip is south of Tapu near Ruamahunga, the second slip is near Waiomu. A geotechnical engineer is en route to assess the slips and ensure its safe for crews to begin clearance.

Multiple trees have come down overnight and there is debris and rocks on the road between Waiomu and Whakakete Bay. Road users are asked to drive with extreme caution.

Up to five people were caught between the slips last night. They are unhurt and waiting with their vehicles at the Ruamahanga boat ramp until a lane is freed up and they can travel out.

The detour is significant, with road users needing to travel via Whangamata and Whitianga to the northern end of the Peninsula.

An update will follow as soon as there’s more information.