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Marlborough Roads partners: Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, Marlborough Roads District Council, HEB Construction, Fulton Hogan

Marlborough Roads Recovery Update

17 November 2022 | 24 November 2022


This Week's Summary


The scale of the August 2022 weather event is significantly larger than that of July 2021, with over 670km of Marlborough's roads having been affected. 

There have currently been 4,020 faults identified following the August 2022 weather event.  

There are daytime construction closures on or planned for Kenepuru Road to undertake improved access. 

There is also a daytime construction closure on Croisilles-French Pass Road at Saddle Hill. 

Please see below for more information on these construction closures. 

Driving with caution is advised and delays are expected while works continue on the roads affected by the August 2022 weather event.

Keep reading for information on:

  • Initial Recovery Programme
  • Road closures
  • Road status
  • d'Urville Island
  • French Pass/Croisilles
  • Kenepuru status update
  • Kenepuru 
  • Port Underwood 
  • Queen Charlotte Drive
  • State Highway 6
  • Waihopai Valley 
  • Support


Information and Support


If you require welfare support contact or phone Council on 03 520 7400.

Visit Marlborough District Council's website for a weekly Marlborough Recovery Update, posted each Friday afternoon. 

For local roading alerts/updates go to Marlborough District Council's Website.

Sign up to the Antenno app to receive notifications on your phone 

Check the Civil Defence Emergency Management map for road access restrictions 

Phone: 0800 213 213 or 03 520 8024, between 8am - 5pm, Monday to Friday




Initial Recovery Programme


Approval has been given by Marlborough District Council for the initial recovery programme, to use the remaining budget from the July 2021 weather event. These funds have been allocated towards specific priority sites and improved access on French Pass, Kenepuru Road and Queen Charlotte Drive. 

For more information on improved access, committed projects and locations of priority sites visit the Marlborough District Council website. 



Improved Access


The purpose of improved access for residents, is to achieve access for a light 4wd vehicle towing a light trailer in fine weather. The road will likely be closed during wet weather until a safety inspection can be completed.

Improving access will include:

  • Clearing overslips on the road but not stabilising the slip face
  • Clearing drainage channels and opening culvert entries
  • Levelling out slumps in the road by applying short sections of gravel surface
  • Underslips will be bunded or delineated, they will not be repaired

This does not prevent further slips/damage from subsequent rain events.



Road closures


There is a daytime construction closure for Kenepuru Road between Moetapu Bay and Mahau Road, for improved access works. 

This closure will extend from Monday 21 November to be between Moetapu Bay and Te Mahia Bay. 

This closure will operate Monday to Friday on working days at the following times: 

  • 7am to 9am - Stop/go with up to 30 minute delays
  • 9am to 12pm - Closed
  • 12pm to 1pm - Road open for residents and essential services
  • 1pm to 3pm - Closed
  • 3pm to 6pm - Stop/go with up to 30 minute delays

From Monday 21 November there will be a further closure on Kenepuru Road between Sandy Bay and The Heads. This closure will be between 7am to 5pm with an opening on the hour every hour. These hourly openings are to align with the other closure on Kenepuru Road. 

Please note that to ensure you can pass through the length of the closure, you need to be at the closure point at the start of the opening time. 

There is a daytime construction closure on Croisilles-French Pass Road at Saddle Hill for the installation of cattlestops. 

This closure will operate Monday to Friday at the following times: 

  • 7.30am to 12pm - Closed
  • 12pm to 1pm - Open
  • 1pm to 5pm - Closed


Road Status


To check the status of a road before you travel, please visit the Civil Defence Emergency Map

Closed Roads - are closed to all traffic and any travel on these roads is at the drivers own risk and liability.

Restricted Access Roads - there are a range of restrictions that may apply to a restricted access road such as residents only, 4WD only and no HCV. To view the restrictions that apply to a particular road, click on the road in the map. 

Heavy rain may lead to roads needing to be closed urgently. No matter the status of the road, drive to the conditions. 

Please be aware that on all roads, including those with public access, there may be areas of works, and traffic management in place. Please expect delays and follow all signage and traffic management. 




d'Urville Island

The recovery team visited d'Urville Island this week to inspect damage from the August 2022 weather event and identify faults on the island. The above photo is of an underslip on Waitai Road.



French Pass/Croisilles


The daytime construction closure will remain in place from Monday 21 November at Saddle Hill for the installation of culverts. 

Access into the French Pass Area is available through the Rai Valley side on SH6. 

There remains multiple sites of traffic management on the roads in the French Pass area that were damaged in the August 2022 storm. Drivers should travel with caution, adhere to all traffic management and expect delays.

Crews have completed clean up works in the French Pass Township. 

This week crews have replaced two culverts at Saddle Hill on Croisilles-French Pass Road, under the daytime construction closure. 

Next week, cattestops will be replaced. Due to this road being single lane it must be fully closed for these works to occur. Please see the above road closure section for information on this closure. 

Works in Duncan Bay to widen road access near the boat ramp have continued this week. 



Kenepuru Status Update


Kenepuru Road, between Moetapu Bay Road and The Heads, is accessible to residents and emergency services only.

This section of Kenepuru Road has severe storm damage and entry into this section of road is at resident and emergency services drivers' discretion.

Extreme care should be exercised and daylight driving only is strongly recommended.

The following restrictions apply on the section of Kenepuru Road between Moetapu Bay to The Heads:

  • 4WD only
  • Light vehicles only, total 3500kg or less
  • 8 metres total length restriction

There is the following hazards on Kenepuru Road:

  • Slips
  • Drop outs
  • Single lane in places
  • Increased hazard during rain
  • Uneven surfaces and gravel sections


Kenepuru Road


Slip clearing on Kenepuru Road between Moetapu Bay and Mahau Road is progressing well. Further works to improve access on this section of road is planned for the next five weeks, weather permitting. 

An additional crew will begin works on Kenepuru Road working from Mahau to Te Mahia roads. 

Works on Elie Bay Road were completed last week.This road is now open to public access including trucks but with no heavy trailers.

This week crews continued working on Kenepuru Road from the Heads to Sandy Bay. 



Before clearance works on Kenepuru Road near Ohingaroa Bay Reserve



After clearance works completed on Kenepuru Road near Ohingaroa Bay Reserve



Port Underwood Road


Tumbledown Bay Road is open to public access to Kanae Bay, 16km from the start of the road. 

Works this week and next will include the flushing of twelve culverts, along the length of the road, stabilising sections of road and works on the slip at McCormicks Road.




Clearance of the stockpile on Port Underwood Road. 




Queen Charlotte Drive


Anakiwa Road is open to public access for the length of the road. 

Following final works and safety assessment the section of Anakiwa Road that was restricted access is now open to the public. There remains no HCV access beyond the Tirimoana Jetty. 

There are multiple sites of traffic management on Queen Charlotte Drive, drivers are urged to continue to travel with caution, drive to the conditions and expect delays. 

Crews have continued clearing overslips between Governors and Ngakuta Bays. These works are planned to be completed by the end of this week.




Slip clearing on Queen Charlotte Drive between Cullensville  and Kenepuru Roads




State Highway 6 - Emergency Repairs Underway


The emergency repairs from Hira to just before Rai Valley township on State Highway 6 are going well. The crew is stepping it up to keep to the programme timeframe and will be doing some double shifts at some sites.

Read more about the progress in our latest update.

Use our Journey Planner, to get up to date travel information on state highways. Visit

To subscribe to updates about the SH6 road closure and for further information, please visit the Waka Kotahi Tasman Nelson Recovery Page or email: 




Site Two under the SH6 closure where the excavation has been completed and the first layer of wall construction started this week. Please note, the photo does not show all crew and machinery that are actively using this site. 



Waihopai Valley


The road realignment project on Waihopai Valley Road is in its final stages.

This week crews tidied up the drainage, inlets and water table as well as shaping the road bank with top soil and completing culvert works.

Sealing has started this week with final tidying up works, including the removal of the temporary road, starting next week.

Fallen tree removal at Craig Lockhart Bridge was also completed this week. 




Aerial view of the Waihopai Valley Road Realignment prior to sealing.



Surface sealing on Waihopai Valley Road. 


Rolling the new seal on Waihopai Valley Road.




Community Meetings

The Marlborough Recovery Team have hosted a number of community events. For more information view Council's Weekly Recovery Updates or email

Mayoral Relief Fund

A Mayoral Relief Fund has been established  to assist the region in its storm recovery effort following the August 2022 storm event. 

MSD - Civil Defence Payments 

Civil Defence Payments are available to people resident in an area when a civil defence emergency has been declared to cover food, clothing, bedding, accommodation, loss of livelihood, or billeting costs. 

Barge Subsidies

Council will underwrite barge subsidies into the Kenepuru and Queen Charlotte Sounds to assist residents impacted by the August 22 storm event until August 23. 

Water Taxi Subsidies

Marlborough District Council with funding support, will subsidise water taxi services for residents, workers and visitors to the areas in the Marlborough Sounds that were previously accessible by road until August 23.

For more information on any of these services, visit Marlborough District Council's Website.