Home » March 2024 » Currently Reading:

Plan ahead for next 30 Remutaka Hill road closures

March 12, 2024 March 2024 No Comments

The year has well begun and so have the Remutaka Hill road closures, so be prepared for 30 more this year _ already one night closedown has passed by. 

NZTA, or Waka Kotahi, has confirmed that there will be 30 overnight closures between March 10  and June 21 this year. 

This is a larger number than usual, in fact, an additional 13 extra nights of access closures.

The first night’s closedown on Remutaka Hill road was for maintenance on Sunday 14 January.

This was followed by the Tauwharenikau Bridge, closed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, from January 23 to 7 February, for bridge concrete and bearing repairs. 

This necessitated a detour along the Number 1 Line. It opened during weekends and on Waitangi Day. 

Work by KiwiRail began on Featherston’s Fitzherbert Street railway crossing between 20 and 22 January – a capacity upgrade designed to support more passenger services for Wairarapa commuters in coming years.

At the same time safety upgrades were made to the pedestrian crossing at Fitzherbert St. These will continue until early March.

Work was also completed on SH53 near Bidwill’s Cutting between 22 and 23 January.

Remutaka Hill Road is recognised as a challenging project.. 

The land is steep, the hillside drops away to ravines some considerable distance below the road. It is unforgiving. It is exceedingly narrow in parts.

But as the main artery between Wellington and the Wairarapa it carries a vast load of traffic. With an average of 7,380 vehicles using the road daily, the planned closures will compromise travel plans. 

The nearest detour route is over 100 kilometres away via the Pahiatua Track through Tararua, which adds another 3 hours to any journey.

In both March and May, NZTA plans to close the hill for 10 nights each month, with closures from 9.00 p.m. to 4.00 a.m. April and June will see five nights of closures.

NZTA said substantial work is planned which will combine extra safety improvement works as well as maintenance. 

Additional side barriers will be installed at high-risk locations and motorcycle under-barriers will be extended. Motorcyclists have made up more than half the people who have lost their lives or been seriously injured in the past five years.

Side barriers will help prevent cars from leaving the road and causing greater injury to the occupants. Road signage and road markings are to be improved.

Escorted crossings are available during closure nights, but they must be booked in advance.

Bookings can be made online at “Remutaka Hill Closure Escort Booking” form. This applies to light vehicles only, and is not easy to locate: 


Full access is always made available to emergency vehicles.

State Highway 2, Remutaka Hill, planned night closures January – June 2024

Nights closed Start 9 p.m, _ Finish 4 a.m.

Closure Schedule:

10 March – 15 March

17 March – 22 March

14 April   – 19 April

19 May    – 24 May

26 May    – 31 May

16 June    – 21 June


Caption: Twin bridges is the start of the hill road challenge.

Comment on this Article:



New golf clubhouse build, fund-raising up and running

Martinborough golf’s new clubhouse build is well under way _ as are fundraising efforts. It doesn’t seem long since we watched the demolition of the old clubhouse and now the frames for half the new building are in place with scaffolding up ready for the roof timbers. Everything is going …

Golf pro-am success _ without clubhouse

By Karen Stephens A record field of 172 players, including 43 professionals from New Zealand and Australia, battled light winds, warm temperatures and even light early-morning fog at Martinborough golf’s 2024 CER Electrical and Holmes Construction pro-am on February 1. At least that was the range of excuses for some …

Featherston wrestlers go offshore

Two members of Featherston Amateur Wrestling Club’s senior class have again been asked to join a New Zealand team overseas.  Wairangi Sargent and Angus Read will take part in the Journeymen Tournament and Training Camp over Easter in New York state.  Over the week they are there they will be …

Regular Features

News from First Church

 Many folk imagine that going to church is a bit of an ordeal, a waste …


By Martin Connelly In February the local Lions Club invited me for dinner and asked …

Driving Growth and Collaboration: Martinborough Business Assn Committee

The Martinborough Business Association Committee plays an important role in fostering economic growth and collaboration …

How Well Do We Know People in our Community?

Michael Bing talks to Lyle Griffiths Michael was raised in Auckland, attending St Peters College …


By Brenda Channer – Martinborough Bookshop “Whether Violent or Natural” by Natasha Calder This debut …

Community Garden News

By Debbie Yates This is definitely the month of thank you. Nga Mihi Nui! We …


Saturday 10 February: 10th annual Citizen Science Kākahi Count at Western Lake Shore Reserve, 18km …

Recent Comments