Takarau Gorge Road

We are constructing riprap retaining walls to restore the edges of the road adjacent to the stream on Takarau Gorge Road, between Mākara and Ohariu.

About the project

Construction began on Monday 9 May on Takarau Gorge Road to construct new riprap walls – a type of retaining walls using large rocks laid on the bank of the stream. This will ensure Takarau Gorge Road is safer and more resilient for residents, road users and pedestrians in the future.

Due to the amount of storm and rain events that we have had over the last few weeks, our sites and works programme have been affected, which has delayed the project completion.

We are expecting the completion will now be by end of September 2022. Apologies for any inconvenience that this may cause – we are doing our best to complete the remediation works as soon as we can.

We will be building riprap walls on each of the four sections which will support and reinstate the damaged sections of the road. However, due to further erosion on the road which considerably changed ground profiles, the riprap wall on Section 2 will be replaced with redirock block wall. 

The four sections are located:

  • Section 1: outside no. 564
  • Section 2: opposite 591 (North end)
  • Section 3: opposite 503 Entry
  • Section 4: East opposite 503 Entry

Traffic management

Downer New Zealand Ltd will carry out this work and began construction on Monday 9 May.

Work will be Monday to Friday between 7am – 6pm and some Saturdays when required.

The road will be closed to general traffic from 7am to 12 noon, and from 1pm to 6pm. Residents will always have access but there may be some delays experienced while we rearrange plant and materials.

Appropriate access will be provided for emergency services.

Cyclists will have access through the site but will need to wait for instructions from the on-site contractors before proceeding.

There will be after hours traffic management in place for the remainder of the time.


During the July 2021 storm, Takarau Gorge Road was inundated with high flooding and 17 sections were identified to have been undermined and required remedial options to keep the road resilient and safe to use.

Another storm hit Wellington in February 2022 which has brought four of the sections needing remedial works sooner than planned.

Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact:

Apollo Geneta, Structures Engineer
Email: apollo.geneta@wcc.govt.nz