Door left open on Bluff Rd closure

The Thames-Coromandel District Council says a decision has been made not to permanently close a section of Bluff Road– but rather close it indefinitely.

Recently council agreed to a recommendation to close the section of the road between Matarangi and Rings Beach where a significant rock fall occurred late in 2014.

The Thames-Coromandel District Council says Bluff Road won’t be closed permanently, but rather, indefinitely. Photo: TCDC

But council has left the door open, saying the section of road could be re-opened in the future if other cost-effective options to make it safe for public use are presented.

The section was closed to traffic, cyclists and pedestrians following safety concerns and geotechnical investigation of the Bluff overhang in December 2014. Rock blasting work allowed the road to reopen one year later, but within days another large rock fall forced the closure of road again.

In March a report with five options was presented to the Mercury Bay Community Board which included further blasting and netting, removing the entire rock corner, as well as closing the section of road permanently.

The board opted for permanently closing the road, which was supported by council’s Infrastructure Committee.

Barriers, fences and signage have since been erected to notify people this section of the Bluff Road is closed to the public.

Council says there are other ways the public can get between Kuaotunu and Matarangi – either by driving the State Highway or using the Department of Conservation track to walk between Rings Beach and Matarangi.


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