Roading & Transport

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Within the Clutha District, roads are managed by two separate roading authorities. Transit New Zealand takes care of the State Highways, while Council maintains all other roads, known as local roads. 

With a total roading network of 2916km, the Clutha District has the second largest local roading network in New Zealand. Of that 2916km, 27 % (776km) is sealed and 73% (2140km) is unsealed. Rural roads make up 95% of the total network.

However, roading assets we administer include more than just roads. There are also footpaths, bridges, streetlights and other assets that are associated with roads.

Main roading tasks include road, bridge and culvert maintenance and replacement; reforming and rehabilitating sealed roads; grading and metalling of unsealed roads; footpath maintenance and construction; seal extensions, car park maintenance and construction, street lighting and road safety engineering projects.

The majority of our roading activities are financially assisted by Land Transport New Zealand. However, not all roading activities are eligible for financial assistance.

Road works and road closures​

Roads need to be closed for various reasons, but mainly for maintenance, construction work, and events. 

To apply to have a road temporarily closed for an event contact Council. All current and planned road closures are listed in Council's Roading, Bridge and Water Notices webpage. 

​Road works can involve anything from minor work to fix a pot hole which takes only a few minutes to a major project to rebuild a section of road that has completely worn out.

To report a problem with road works or any damage or faults with a road contact Council.

Minor safety work

Every year Council does a range of small safety projects around the city. The Minor Safety Works Programme includes improving intersection visibility, installing roundabouts and speed cushions in residential streets to help address speed issues and putting in new pedestrian crossings and refuges. For more information on this programme contact Council. 


Resealing work ensures that city's road network remains safe, efficient and able to cope with the amount of traffic using it. Most resealing takes place in the summer months, excluding the busy Christmas and New Year period. Care is taken to try and minimise the impact on road users, but some disruption is inevitable.

Roading Brochures

Please  visit our Brochures page for information about:

  • Stock crossings and races on road reserve
  • Stock droving in the Clutha District
  • Trees shading or overhanging Road Reserve
  • Produce in the road corridor and damage/danger to roads
  • Advertising signs in the Clutha District​

Roading Application Forms

​Please visit out Forms & Guides Page for application forms relating to Roading and Transport - as of July 2018 this includes our new online forms which use the Submitica portal.

Dust Suppression

Following the 2016 Annual Plan process, there have been some changes to our dust suppression programme.

In 2015, people either applied to have dust suppressant put on their road or applied for a permit to do it themselves.

However, due to a policy change, residents can no longer use Council to apply the suppressant for them.

Instead, you can:

  • Semi-Permanent Seal - this allows residents to apply to have a semi-permanent seal applied to a section of road. This requires meeting certain criteria and a priority list has been developed to help carry out this process.
    • Having a semi-permanent seal applied to the road would be expected to last up to seven year. This could be more depending on traffic and weather conditions. This dust suppressant has very similar surface characteristics as a sealed road and will be maintained by Council once complete. The width of the suppressant will be determined by the width of the road.
    • If you meet the criteria, you are eligible for a 50% subsidy on 100 metre lengths, estimated cost ($8,625 including GST).
    • If you do not meet the criteria you can still get this suppression applied by paying the full amount.
    • Council has developed payment options for this scheme, which you are welcome to ask about.

Extracting Resources

If you intend to extract timber, gravel or other resources, then you may need to let Council know. 

Why? The extraction of gravel, timber or other resources via road can have impacts on the road over and above what Council has anticipated. If you will generate more than 80 heavy vehicle movements in a month or 210 heavy vehicle movements in a year, then we need to know.

How? Before you plan to extract these resources, we need plenty of warning so that our roading engineers can assess the impact on roads that will be used. We require at least 18 months notice and there is a Heavy Vehicle Impact Notice that you can complete and return to Council for this.

If you do not notify us 18 months before the activity and you are over the threshold for heavy vehicle movements, you will have to go through a resource consent process.

Failure to notify Council places other road users at risk and may result in roads being damaged beyond repair!

Tuapeka Mouth Ferry  - The Punt​

​Operation times ( subject to river conditions): ​

Daily10.00 am-2.00 pm
  • ​The ferry does not operate in the hours of darkness.
  • The ferry does not operate on Good Friday, and Christmas day. ​

There is no charge.

Sometimes due to variable river conditions, the punt may not be operating. Please contact Council on 0800 801 350 during office hours or 03 415 9068 (during the hours of o​peration for the punt - see above) to check.

 The Tuapeka Ferry is a 25 minute drive from Lawrence, on the Tuapeka West Road to Balclutha, or 35 minutes from Balclutha on the Clutha Valley - Tuapeka Mouth Roads.

The Clutha River was first crossed by rowing boats until community agitation for the establishment of a punt at Tuapeka Mouth was successful in 1895. The Tuapeka Mouth ferry, also commonly referred to as the Tuapeka Mouth Punt, was officially opened on 22 February 1896. The punt is still operational today and operates on an established schedule when conditions are suitable.


Road and bridge closures

For all road and bridge closures please visit our road, bridge and water notices page.

Minor Accident Report Form

Council has a Minor Accident Report Form​ that lets us know When, Where and How the minor accident happened so we can investigate the condition of the road, and make sure it is safe for everyone to travel on.  

This form is for tourists to fill in AND for locals, including those friendly locals that have helped out at minor incidents by pulling a car out of a ditch and helping someone get back on the road.  Please remember if we don’t know an accident has happened then we don’t know to investigate the road surface, and repair if needed. 

This is form is for our information only.  Simply fill out the form, hand it back in at any of our service centres or email to

Do remember that if you are involved in a crash while driving, and you are not badly injured, the first thing you must do is stop and check to see if anyone is hurt and provide assistance.  If someone is hurt, you must tell a police officer as soon as possible and no later than 24 hours after the crash.

If no one is hurt, you must give your name, address and vehicle registration (and, if asked, the name and address of the owner of the vehicle you are driving, if it isn't your vehicle) as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours after the crash to:

  • The owner or driver of any other vehicle that has been damaged
  • The owner of any property that has been damaged.

If you can't find these people, you must tell a police officer as soon as possible and no later than 60 hours after the crash.​

Page reviewed: 21 Jul 2020 11:45am