West coast

Short detour on State Highway 7 near Greymouth

A portion of State Highway 7 outside of Greymouth (Omoto) is closed due to a slip. A short road detour is available just across the Grey River via Taylorville.

NZ Transport Agency

Oct. 23, 2019


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Continuous heavy rain and high river levels have contributed to a 2.5 metre landslide east of Greymouth at Omoto, State Highway 7, between Greymouth and Stillwater. A short road detour is available just across the Grey River via Taylorville.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency will keep the highway closed at Omoto given the recent movement, says Moira Whinham, Maintenance Contract Manager for the Transport Agency on the West Coast.

The highway was re-opened 24/7, single lane with traffic management, during the past week, subject to weather and safety considerations.

Continuing rain had seen the slip accelerate and drop by more than two metres overnight, says Ms Whinham.

Thanks to all road users for taking it slowly on the local road detour, particularly through Taylorville, she says.

  • The detour route is via Taylorville, with the turnoffs at Stillwater and Cobden bridges on the north side of the Grey River (the route will be well sign-posted).