Motakiora/Brook Park top section closed until further notice
For health and safety reasons, Waitomo District Council has closed the top section of Motakiora/ Brook Park for ALL recreational use until further notice.
As a result of the weekend’s heavy rainfall event, a section of track to the summit is hazardous and a large slip has taken out part of the mountain bike track, which is also popular with walkers.
There is risk of further multiple slips and damage if the rain continues.
The rotunda and toilet is still accessible, however we urge residents and users to exercise caution if entering this area.
Signage advising of the closure will be erected onsite soon. Please do not venture into the red zone.
Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.

NZ Transport Agency Media Release

19 Jun 2019

The NZ Transport Agency advises motorists that the rail overbridge on SH30, 27km south of Te Kūiti will be closed to all traffic for up to a week from 9am Monday 24 June.

Acting Regional Director Ross I’Anson says the bridge is at the end of its life, and this work is to provide the essential strengthening it needs to remain open until a replacement bridge is constructed. 

“The bridge has been closed since November 2018 to vehicles exceeding 80% class 1 and a 10km speed limit has been in place since 2018. We expect construction to begin in 2020 and these restrictions will remain until the replacement bridge is built,” says Mr I’Anson. 

A sign-posted detour will be in place via Kōpaki Road, SH4 and SH3, adding approximately 12 km to the route between Te Kūiti and the SH30/Kōpaki Road Intersection. 

Beca and contractors Conspec are carrying out the repairs on behalf of the NZ Transport Agency. The work involves fixing steel plates to the deck of the bridge to spread the load and reduce the impact on individual timber deck planks. 

Bridge closure dates may be pushed back due to wet weather. Visit or the Transport Agency’s Waikato/BOP Facebook page for updates.  

The Transport Agency apologies for any inconvenience to people’s journeys while this essential work is completed. 

NZTA sign posted detour map 19 June 2019