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South Island Road Closures June 2013

Posted on 17 June 2013
South Island Road Closures June 2013

Due to flooding caused by heavy rain, there will be a number of delays around the South Island. While we will be delivering where safe and accessible, a number of locations will be inaccessible potentially for some time.

  • Rail closed south of Timaru
  • Roads south of  Oamaru are closed
  • No Linehaul for this evening will be running south from Christchurch

NZTA website has a number of roads in area closed until further notice.

We will update this page as more information comes to light and with details about specific closures.

UPDATE - JUNE 21ST 2013 11.00AM


  • North Island
    Train services are currently suspended between Palmerston North and Wellington due to trees and debris across the track in the Wellington area, we expect this line to re-open later today
    All other North Island lines are open and train services are operating with some delayed services

  • South Island
    Main North Line (Picton-Christchurch)
    Currently closed due to flooding and snow

    Main South Line
    Temuka-Timaru - remains closed due to bridge damage and is now not expected to re-open until next week
    Mosgiel-Invercargill – remains closed due to flooding, this line is also expected to remain closed into next week

Your local branch will keep you updated as more information come to hand


UPDATE - JUNE 21ST 2013 9.30AM

 All units into Invercargill have arrived. Conditions are bleak and cold but roads are open.

UPDATE - JUNE 20TH 2013 11.30AM

Due to severe weather conditions we have the following updates on road and rail closures:

Arthurs, Lindis, Lewis & Haast Pass are all closed due to snow.

Our Central Otago unit which was despatched last night is currently in Omarama awaiting roads to be opened.

The rail line south of Temuka is still closed until further notice.

Roads from Timaru to Fairlie, Tekapo and Twizel are closed due to snow and flooding

All roads in and out of Dunedin are still currently open. With more snow in the forecast this may change.  

Your local branch will keep you updated as information come to hand


UPDATE - JUNE 18TH 2013 10.30AM

The severe weather conditions that have hit parts of the South Island in the last few days have caused serious flood damage which has closed the main trunk line between Christchurch and Timaru, and between Dunedin and Invercargill.

At this stage the main south rail line on these sections is under water and may remain closed for the remainder of the week.

All roads south of Oamaru are closed and at this stage we are awaiting an update as to when these may reopen.

Further to this, a heavy polar blast is expected from Wednesday to much of the South Island and to parts of the North Island, which again will cause disruption.

Please allow for delays and extended transit times as we deal with these challenging weather conditions.

Your local branch will keep you updated as information comes to hand.

Thank you for your understanding.