Weather: Coromandel's Thames Coast Rd closed as cliff 'unstable and likely to collapse'

  • 12/01/2023
Thames Coast Rd at Windy Point.
Thames Coast Rd at Windy Point. Photo credit: Google

A major route on the Coromandel Peninsula is closed due to an unsteady cliff as the aftermath of Cyclone Hale continues wreaking havoc on the region.

Police said the cliff on Thames Coast Rd at Windy Point was "unstable and likely to collapse", forcing the closure of the road.

Commuters were warned to continue staying off the roads, with the only detour available on State Highway 25A Kopu-Hikua - which could also be affected by the wild weather.

"While our… roading teams are still pushing to clear the remaining slips caused by the storm and open roads, inspections are now being carried out across the district to identify other damage," the Thames-Coromandel Council said in a statement. "Given the scale of the damage already identified, work will be prioritised according to the sites worst affected.

"Take extra care on the roads out there. We're making good progress in clearing and reopening roads after Cyclone Hale," the council said.

SH25 between Coromandel's Te Puru and Tapu also remained closed on Thursday, the NZ Transport Agency Waka Kotahi said.