Road Construction and Maintenance

The construction and maintenance of roads is Council's single largest activity, and accounts for approximately half of the total expenditure of Council.

Council controls 806km of rural roads and 28km of urban roads in the Otorohanga District. Council is not responsible for the State Highways in the District - these are managed by the New Zealand Transport Authority (NZTA).

Road maintenance work undertaken by Council includes repair and periodic replacement of road surfaces and markings, signs, lights, drainage, bridges, footpaths and associated structures, together with control of roadside vegetation in rural areas.

Council has a history of progressively improving the Districts roads, including straightening, widening and sealing. These improvements have resulted in a high quality road network, with almost 70% of the total length of roads now sealed.

The roads which remain unsealed all have very low traffic flows, and are therefore not considered high priorities for further improvement, but such improvements may occur in the future if budgets permit.

Unsealed roads are typically graded between 2 and 4 times a year, depending on the level of traffic on the road and its observed condition.


Road Closures

Council may agree to the temporary closure of public roads for the conduct of events. Application must however be made to Council at least two months prior to the proposed event. For Road closure costs see the fees and charges

See Document Downloads for forms or go to Forms A-Z.


State Highways

Three State Highways run through the Otorohanga District, these being:

  • SH3 (main Hamilton to New Plymouth route)
  • SH39 (Ngaruawahia to Otorohanga)
  • SH31 (Kawhia Road)

State Highways are managed and maintained by New Zealand Transport Authority, not Otorohanga District Council. Matters relating to these roads (other than issues outside of the road pavement in Otorohanga and Kawhia) should be referred to the NZTA maintenance contractors, Transfield Services Limited.